The other day I was going over the top-five 2016 leaders in sixth different pitching categories at every level of minor league baseball.
Three Phillies pitchers dominated in three of the six categories in the rookie leagues. Sixto Sanchez and Nick Fanti were first and second respectively in ERA, WHIP and Batting Average Against and Mauricio Llovera was fifth in ERA and WHIP and fourth in BAA. Read HERE for the list at the bottom of the MILBpipline article.
Combined, these three 20-year-old and under arms went 19-1 to lead the Gulf Coast Phillies into the Gulf Coast League playoffs.
Then, Sanchez and Fanti each made a shutout appearance to get wins in the GCL playoffs while Llovera lost in his appearance.
In the GCL playoff wins, Sanchez pitched a seven-inning shutout, giving up four hits, no walks and striking out four. He is primarily a ground ball pitcher allowing 14-GO and only 1-FO while inducing two double plays in the game. Nick Fanti pitched 5.1 innings of shutout innings of three-hit ball, no walks and striking out six. He had six ground outs and three fly outs.
Watch five of Nick Fanti’s strike “threes” in his playoff win against the GCL Cards, HERE.
Sanchez, Fanti and Llovera will be three pitchers to follow in minor league spring training camp to see where they will be assigned this season. Including the GCL playoffs, these three young arms went a combined 21-2 in the half-season Gulf Coast League in 2016.