Phillies Prospects Jiandido Tromp and Sixto Sanchez Are Prospects to Watch

One of the benefits of being based in Clearwater is that we get so see the young talent in the Phillies organization.  Last week was a good time to watch them develop.

Outfielder Jiandido Tromp of the Clearwater Threshers and pitcher Sixto Sanchez of the GCL Phillies were named the Phillies minor league position player and pitcher of week for July 18-24 and rightfully so.   Read HERE.

Tromp has developed into an important outfield piece this season especially since his promotion after starting the season with Lakewood and being assigned to Clearwater.  In his last ten games in the Florida State League he has hit .355 with three homers, scored 8 runs and driven in six. Watch a hit of his from last week against Bradenton where he would eventually scored a run, HERE.

Tromp has the potential to be a five tool player.  So far this season he has 15 homers, including five with the Threshers.  All season he has a .995 fielding percent with only one error  playing all three outfield positions, stolen 12 of 15 bases, and thrown out 7 runners.  Watch his Threshers outfield assist HERE to preserve a 3-2 Threshers win last Thursday.

The final six weeks of the season will be important for Tromp who will be eligible for the Rule Five Draft in December if not placed on the Phillies 40-man roster. He turns 23- years-old in late September.

Sixto Sanchez is only in his second season since signing with the Phillies the end of May last year out of the Dominican Republic.  He will turn 18 years-old on Friday of this week.

In six starts in the Gulf Coast League he has a 0.67 ERA in 27 inning, striking out 25 with a nice 4-1 strikeout to walk ratio to go 3-0.  Though only 5’10” he throws hard with reports of his fastball sitting in the mid-90’s topping at 97 mph in his last start on Robin Roberts Field. Remember, the great HOF Dominican pitcher Pedro Martinez is of similar height.

In his last start on Friday he had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning and would end  with a one-hit, six-inning shutout.  Watch video from his sixth and final inning of work, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Two names to watch for in the Phillies system for the rest of the season are Jiandido Tromp and Sixto Sanchez.






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Phillies Minor League Prospect Seranthony Dominguez Shows His Major League Caliber Stuff

Seranthony Dominguez

Seranthony Dominguez

Lakewood’s Seranthony Dominguez is one off our favorite Phillies minor league prospects.  He is now quickly moving up the Phillies minor league system after overcoming an arm injury last season.

We had a chance to watch him pitch last night on MiLB-TV.  He started the second game of the BlueClaws doubleheader.  He showed a 95 MPH fastball and a slider and change-up in pitching a six-inning, one-hitter against the Yankees’ Sally League farm team in Charleston, South Carolina.

But it was the last two outs in fifth inning and his three-up, three-down inning in the sixth that stood out.  With the tying run in a 1-0 game on second base in the bottom of the fifth, Dominguez used his fast ball to get the second out of the inning on a swinging strikeout and a devastating slider and change-up for another swinging strikeout for the third out to get out of the jam.

Equally important was Dominguez in the sixth when he retired the River Dogs in turn with soft contact on two pop outs and a ground out, all to second baseman Grenny Camana to end his outing.

Dominguez has now pitched 12 innings in his last two starts giving up only one run on six hits, striking out nine to go 2-1 since his call-up from Williamsport.  Ismael Cabrara came on in the seventh for his first save of the season in the 2-0 win.

The only two Charleston hits were infield singles.  One to third off of Dominguez and the second to first off of Cabrara in the seventh.

Elniery Garcia

Elniery Garcia

Dominguez is the second Phillies organization pitcher in two weeks to pitch a one-hit shutout for a win.  Last week Clearwater’s 21 year-old lefty, Elniery Garcia, pitched a one-hit, eight inning shutout against the Palm Beach Cardinals.

I would not be surprised to see the 21-year-old Dominguez starting for the Clearwater Threshers to begin next season, if not sooner.  His stuff is just that good.





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Phillies Top Left-handed Minor League Starter Elniery Garcia Moves Up The “Advanced A” Leader Board

After watching the some of the British Open and following the Open’s ‘Leader Board” this morning, it reminded me to check minor league baseball’s “Leader Boards” on the MiLB website as it relates to the Phillies.

Here is what I found:

After throwing an eight inning, one hit, shutout on Wednesday the Clearwater Threshers Elniery Garcia is on the move up the Advanced A, ERA Leader Board.

Thanks to the three of the four pitchers with lower ERAs having just moved up to AA,  Garcia now has the second lowest ERA of all 30 teams’ qualifying pitchers in Advanced A at 2.23.

Also his 8-2 record for an .800 winning percent is the highest winning percent in the Florida State League of those pitchers with at least 10 decisions.

Garcia is playing this season at baseball age 21 making him one of the youngest starting pitchers in high A. It remains to be seen if he will get the call to AA this season.

Jake Thompson pitching for Lehigh Valley has moved up the ERA Leader Board at AAA.  In his last outing he pitched a seven inning, three-hit shutout to move into third place on the AAA, ERA Leader Board with a 2.42 of those pitchers still at AAA.

In picking up the win this week, Thompson now has a 8-5 record.   In his last eight starts he has allow only four earned runs. He is ready for the Show with those kind of numbers

The only other Phillies prospects on the minor league leader boards have been there for sometime and appear unlikely to move up in the system this season.  At Reading  Rhys Hoskins continues to lead minor league baseball in home runs with 25 and RBIs with 83,  Dylan Cozens is second in homers with 24 and in RBIs with 75 at AA.  Lakewood’s Jose Pujols still leads all of Low A ball with 17 home runs.

At the minor league level we can see from the Leader Boards, the Phillies are well stocked with starting pitching and power bat prospects.

Back to the Open. Oh, Lefty just missed an easy putt.  That changed the Leader Board!







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Phillies Prospects Play Well In Helping To Win Four Minor League All-Star Games

Threshers' All Stars 2016 (Photo courtesy of Nathan Ray)

Threshers’ All Stars 2016 (Photo courtesy of Nathan Ray)

I always like to look at how well  prospects play in the big games.  All Star games are a nice measure and as a whole the Phillies 20 minor league representatives to those games played well.  And they were on the winning teams in all four minor league All-Star games.

All totaled the 13 Phillies hitters in the four games went 13 for 39 for a .333 average including two homers.  And the seven pitchers pitched 5.1 shutout innings.

Rhys Hoskins hits a 3-run home run in the all star game. (Photo courtesy of MiLB)

Rhys Hoskins hits a 3-run home run in the Eastern League All- Star game in Akron Ohio. (Photo courtesy of MiLB)

Rhys Hoskins always comes up big in the big game.  Last season he homered to score the only run in the only two Threshers FSL playoff games.  He homered at Citizens Bank Park in the pre-season Phillies Futures game.  On Wednesday night he scored what turned out to be the winning run on his three-run homer in the first inning of the Eastern League All-Star game.  Watch Video HERE. 

Featured Photo: Gabe Rodriguez/Legends On Deck

Mitch Walding Wins FSL Home Run Derby.  Featured Photo: Gabe Rodriguez/Legends On Deck


Andrew Knapp hit a solo home run in the AAA All-Star game. Mitch Walding won the home run hitting contest before  the Florida State League All-Star game back in June. Read about Walding HERE, HERE and HERE.

For All-Star game box scores read HERE.

Unfortunately, the two Phillies representatives to the Futures game last Sunday saw limited action.  Ricardo Pinto faced two batters and Dylan Cozens had one at bat playing a few late innings in right field.




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A Big Day In The Career Of The Phillies Minor League Left-handed Starter Elniery Garcia

While we did not see much of the Phillies representatives in the Futures game on Sunday or Tuesday’s MLB All Star game, yesterday was a different story.

In the AAA All-Star game Andrew Knapp homered.   At AA, first baseman Rhys Hoskins hit a three- run homer to score what turned out to be the winning run,  catcher Jorge Alfaro went 3 for 3,  and second baseman Jesmuel Valintin went 3 for 5.  Pitchers Nick Pivettas and Hoby Milner were strong in short relief.

As reported in Cleveland. com:

“The Fightin’ Phils showed why they hold the best record in all of professional baseball at 63-27. Reading’s Jesmuel Valentin, Jorge Alfaro, Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens were a combined 7-for-13 with six runs scored, three RBI, two doubles and a homer.”

“We’re comfortable playing anywhere, and we’re winning quite a bit,” Hoskins said of the Phils who are 5-1 in Canal Park against the RubberDucks. “I hope it’s a sign of things to come.”

Elniery Garcia is 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA and 25 strikeouts in five starts since May 20. (Mark LoMoglio/

Elniery Garcia is 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his last six starts. (Mark LoMoglio/

But for me it was a Florida State League All-Star Elniery Garcia who was the star of yesterday’s regular season action in the FSL.  He pitched an eight inning one-hitter in the Florida State League.  He had a “no-no” for seven innings but lost it on a lead-0ff single to right in the eight.

Garcia would go on to face only 27 batters, walking two and an error put another runner on base. He picked off at first one of the runners he walked.  Victor Arano came on for a clean ninth inning.  The  Palm Beach Cardinals had only one runner in scoring position in the entire 4-0 Clearwater Threshers win.

For the 21 year-old lefty, this was the fifth time in his 12 starts this season that he has not allowed a run.  He lowered his ERA to 2.23, third lowest in the FSL.  He is 5-0 with a 2.06 ERA with 25 strikeouts in his last six starts.

Garcia’s 8-2, .800 winning percent record is one of the highest in baseball of those pitchers with ten or more starts this season.

With Ben Lively’s 11-2 record combined at AAA and AA and Garcia’s 8-2 record at high A, the Phillies have two of the best won-lose records combined by a right-handed pitcher and left- handed pitcher at 19-4 in the 2016 season.

Garcia is key to the Phillies future since they currently have no left-handed starters in the major league rotation under 26-years-old at AAA or AA.

For more comments on Garcia’s game read the MiLB story HERE.  



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Clearwater Threshers Derek Campbell Becomes An Instant Legend By Hitting 7 Homers In His Last Nine Games

It was sort of expected for the GCL Phillies big 2015 international signing, Jhailyn Ortiz, to go deep. In a makeup game he did that yesterday.  He has now hit four homers in his last eight games. But former super sub Derek Campbell, hitting seven homers in his last nine games, is something legends are make of.  He is now the Threshers starting right fielder at least for now.

Coming into this season after two seasons in the Phillies system as a 20th round draft pick in the 2014 draft, few thought much of Soup’s pop.  He was just a utility infielder who was handy to have around.  He had hit only four homers in 154 games prior to this season.

In the just completed St Lucie Mets series at Bright House, he simply destroyed the Mets in more ways than one.

He was benched in the first game of the Mets series Friday night after going 2 for 4 with a homer game Thursday nigh in Dunedin. It would be the only game in the four game series with St. Lucie the Threshers would lose.  Derek returned with a vengeance against the Mets on Saturday night going 3 for 4 with two more homers.

On Sunday, a Mets pitcher hit him with a pitch and in Campbell’s next at bat he lined a ball back at the next Mets pitcher so hard he had to leave the game.  Watch HERE.

Last night it was a game that legends are made of.  It was the best game of the season as Campbell led the Threshers comeback in a 9-8 win close and late.

Derek Campbell homers to right

Derek Campbell homers to right

He simply played the winds for his long balls last night  In the first inning he went with the pitch with the sea breeze wind blowing out to right to just get the ball over the right field fence to give the Threshers a 6-3 lead.  Watch HERE.

After the Threshers surrendered lead it was Campbell again who brought them back.  This time, after a storm front went through changing the wind direction out to left, he took a pitch and lined it into the left field bullpen to tie the game at 8-8 in the eight inning.  Watch HERE.  

The Thresher would eek out a run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 9-8 to go into the MLB All-Star break tonight.

In his last ten games he has played, Campbell has hit .484, scoring 16 runs, 15 hits, 7 homers, 9 RBIs, 5 walks, and struck out only 3 time in 31 at bats.

No doubt, Derek’s last ten games are what legends are made of.




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A Good Day Watching a “No-No” In Person and A One-Hitter On TV

Sunday was a good day to watch baseball for the most part.  We were camped out up behind home plate at Bright House on a hot Sunday afternoon in Clearwater filled with lightning and thunder forcing a 45 minute delay.  To make it all worthwhile three Clearwater Threshers pitchers combined for a no-hitter against the hapless Mets farmhands from St. Lucie in Florida State League action.

Later Sunday night we settled in to watch the final innings of a brilliant one-hitter by the Giants Madison Bumgarner who took a “no-no” to one out in the eight inning.

In between we were disappointed by the lack of playing time by the two Phillies representatives in the Futures game in San Diego.  Dylan Cozens had only one at bat and Ricardo Pinto pitched to only two batters.

Glad they did not waste Rhys Hoskins’ time at the Futures Game.  He leads all the minor leagues in home runs and RBIs but was snubbed by the minor league “experts” who picked the players.  All he did yesterday in another Reading win was go 3 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs.  He now has 83 RBIs in 85 games.

It will be the outstanding efforts we will remember by starter Drew Anderson making his high-A debut for the Threshers.  Then, Will Morris and Victor Arano came out of the pen after the weather delay to throw the first nine-inning, no-hitter by the Threshers pitchers in nearly ten years.  Read HERE and HERE.

Austin Bossart

Austin Bossart

We were also pleased for catcher Austin Bossart who caught the “no-no” and his family who were visiting him from Illinois.  You see they traveled about 1,000 miles to Clearwater to watch him play and he finally was given a chance to start a game in front of them by the “experts” on the Threshers coaching staff.  And what a game it was!   We got to know his grandparents and his uncle who came over to say ‘hello” during the weekend.

Watch Victor Arano get the first out in the ninth inning HERE.

Watch Victor Arano get the second HERE .

Watch Bossart, Anderson, Morris and Arano get a “no-no” bath HERE.

Watch Anderson get pied HERE.

Sunday was a good day to be a baseball fan.








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