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