Seranthony Dominguez was your selection as the #17 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Dominguez won a very close race receiving 63 of 293 votes (22%). He barely beat out Nick Fanti (61, 21%). Darick Hall finished third (37, 13%), Arquimedes Gamboa finished fourth (32, 11%), Kyle Young finished fifth (23, 8%), and Francisco Morales finished sixth (18, 6%). Eighteen players split the remaining 59 votes.
Seranthony Dominguez was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on May 31, 2012 as a 17-year old. He spent four years in rookie ball, two in the DSL and two in the GCL, before starting the 2016 season in Williamsport. He was Rule 5 eligible after the 2016 season but was not selected. After the 2017 season he was placed on the 40-man roster.this past December and was not selected.
Dominguez started the 2017 season in Clearwater. He got out of the gate fast, winning all three decisions in 6 starts and a relief appearance while posting a 2.02 ERA in 35.2 IP. Opponents had a .187 batting average. He walked 13 (3.9 BB/9) and struck out 45 (11.4 K/9) of the 139 batters he faced.
However an injury sidelined Dominguez for a large chunk of the season. He returned for seven starts and a relief appearance at the end of the season and posted a 1-4 record with a 5.74 ERA in 26.2 IP. Opponents had a .283 batting average. He walked 17 (5.7 BB/9) and struck out 30 (10.1 K/9) of the 121 batters he faced.
I saw four of his starts. He was clearly brought back early from his GCL rehab appearances. His velocity had returned but he struggled with command. My guess is that the Phillies felt he could work on his command against FSL batters rather than the weaker GCL batters. His low innings count can be attributed to the pitch count he was on when he returned. Except for his last start when he lasted just 0.2 innings, he threw 75 or more pitches in six starts and 80 only once.
Dominguez throws a fastball, change up, and curve ball. Before his injury, his FB was reported by several people (including me) to be 94-97 mph, touching 98. Threshers Twitter reported him touching 99 in an early April game I missed. After his return nine weeks later, his FB was reported (mostly by me) to be 94-97 mph, touching 98 a couple of outings. He clearly didn’t experience any velocity loss due to his injury.
There has been a lot of speculation that Dominguez will eventually move to the bull pen. I’ve heard a decision has been made, and he’ll likely be there this spring. It should be noted that he made 7 relief appearances in the DWL and wasn’t very effective in that role, walking 9 and striking out 8 in 7.1 innings.
Next up is your selection for the #18 prospect in the organization.
2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –
- Sixto Sanchez
- Scott Kingery
- J.P. Crawford
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Jorge Alfaro
- Adam Haseley
- Adonis Medina
- Franklyn Kilome
- Mickey Moniak
- JoJo Romero
- Roman Quinn
- Enyel De Los Santos
- Cornelius Randolph
- Tom Eshelman
- Dylan Cozens
- Ranger Suarez
- Seranthony Dominguez