Friday afternoon was a good day to get a read on the top Phillies minor league A ball level starting pitching prospects. Franklyn Kilome, Sixto Sanchez and Adonis Medina were pitching in the two A ball games against the Pirates at the Carpenter Complex.
According to MLB Pipeline they are the 1st, 2nd and 5th ranked pitching prospects in the Phillies system.
Kilome started for the high A team and Sanchez for the low A team. Medina came on after Sanchez completed his work.
Both Kilome and Sanchez pitched seven innings of shutout baseball to get wins last year in the Sally and GCL playoffs respectively where Kilome struck out nine and Sanchez fanned four.
On Friday, Kilome struck out two but had some command problems in his two innings of work on Ashburn Field. Watch HERE.
We were able to watch Sanchez in his last inning of work on Schmidt Field. He is effective when he keeps the ball on the ground. Watch video of several of his induced ground balls in his final inning, HERE.
Medina was impressive on Friday. In his second inning of work, he struck out the side in turn. He displayed a sharp breaking pitch which the Pirates low A farmhands could not put into play. Watch HERE. He pitched into tough luck in his two later innings with poor fielding costing him several runs.
In his previous appearance also against the Pirates, Medina faced seven batters and struck out six and walked one. He was not a strikeout pitcher at Williamsport last year but his breaking ball was the key to his strikeouts on Friday.
For looks at Sanchez and Medina on Friday from Baseball America’s viewpoint and updates on the minor league games from the BlueClaws Blog, Watch and read check HERE.
The catcher for Sanchez and Medina on Friday was Rodolfo Duran who lined a singled in the game and looks like the top catching prospect at the A ball level. Watch his base hit HERE.
It’s expected that Kilome will be a top of the rotation starter for the high A, Clearwater Threshers and Sanchez and Medina will be at the top of the rotation for the low A, Lakewood BlueClaws.
On Thursday the BlueClaws Blog reported that two other starting pitching candidates who likely figure in the Clearwater rotation, Alberto Tirado and Blake Quinn were outstanding against their Yankees counterparts:
“Alberto Tirado, a 2016 BlueClaw, was excellent, allowing three hits and a walk over four scoreless innings, striking out five. Blake Quinn followed him with three shutout innings, adding five more strikeouts. ”
Quinn was a ninth round 2016 draft pick out of Cal. State Fullerton and was used exclusively in relief at Williamsport and Lakewood last season. He bares watching.
As we move into the final week of minor league spring training season, the Phillies teams play the Yankees on Monday; the Blue Jays on Tuesday and Friday and the Tigers on Wednesday.
The AAA and AA teams head north on Saturday and the low A team stays in Florida until heading north on Wednesday, April 5th.