Growing up I watched many great major league lefty-right starting pitching combinations such as Spahn and Burdette for the the Braves and later Short and Bunning for the Phillies. The Phillies have a left-right starter combination in the low minors who could fall into that category someday.
Williamsport’s 19 year-old lefty Kyle Young retired the first 14 Yankee Baby Bombers he faced last night on Staten Island. Only an error by his shortstop broke up his El Perfecto with two out in the fifth inning.
He left with a 2-0 lead with one out in the sixth after 88 pitches and seven strikeouts, allowing two hits, one on a bunt. But his reliever quickly let score the two inherited runners in the sixth and the Yankees went on to win 3-2.
Young’s outing was in contrast to 19 year-old righty Sixto Sanchez who lost to the Palm Beach Cardinals in his Florida State League debut Saturday night. He gave up five runs and ten hits, striking out only three in six innings.
The Sanchez fastball sat in the 95-98 mph range according to reports from the Threshers play by play accounts of the game. Sanchez had an 83-63 pitch count.
Young’s fastball was 90 mph and his off speed stuff was in the 70’s which kept the Yankees batters off balance according to the play-by-play announcers on MiLB-TV last night. His pitch count was 88-61.
Both Young and Sanchez did not walk a batter.
The Phillies do appear to have a future lefty-righty starting combination someday at the MLB level. But they appear to be rushing Sanchez up to high A while keeping Young locked at the low A, half season NY-Penn league this season.
While watching the New York-Penn game, I watched Williamsport’s first baseman Greg Pickett hit s solid line drive home run. Watch HERE. The ball appeared to leave not only the ballpark but Staten Island and land over the right field wall into Lower New York Bay.
But Pickett was not the only Phillies minor league first baseman to go deep last night. He was joined by Kyle Martin who hit a three-run blast for Reading, watch HERE, and a long ball from Darick Hall for Lakewood. Lehigh Valley first baseman Rhys Hoskins also went yard for the first time as left fielder. He now has 28 homers this season.
The Phillies minor league first basemen who homered last night-Hoskins (28), Martin (19), Hall (22) and Pickett (3)- have now combined to hit 72 home runs so far this season.
Hoskins broke the all time home run record in a season for Lehigh Valley on Saturday with his 27th. Watch HERE.
The Phillies seem to have a lot of starting pitching and first base power hitting depth at the minor league level. It will be interesting to see how the pitching and power will translate some day at the MLB level.