We could not wait to listen to the first game of 19 year-old Sixto Sanchez in the Florida State League on Saturday night. He was so hyped by the Phillies minor league department and especially the experts in the media who cover the Phillies. He had pitched well in the Sally League for Lakewood this season.
But it was not Sixto’s night. In 83 pitchers, 63 for strikes, he was touched for ten hits and five runs, striking out three in six innings against the Palm Beach Cardinals and took the loss in a 6-5 Clearwater defeat.
According to the internet play by play, Sixto was throwing his fastball in the mid to high 90’s but could not dominate those High A level bats.
Now the next best Phillies 19 year-old pitching prospect prospect Kyle Young from Long Island goes tonight at 7:00 pm on MiLB-TV for Williamsport against the Staten Island Yankees. As they say “if you can make it in New York, you can make it any where.”
Young has a 5-0 record with a 1.60 ERA, striking out 47 in 39.1 innings over eight starts in the New York-Penn League. In the League he is second ERA, third in wins, sixth in WHIP. He has yet to give up a home run in his two year minor league career.
Young does not throw hard as Sanchez does but his imposing 7″ft height has kept batters off balance and hitting the ball into the ground when they do put it into play.
It will be interesting to keep watching these two guys both with tremendous upside develop in the Phillies system on their way to the Show.