Clearwater Threshers Sixto Sanchez (0-2 at A+) looked good for all but the fifth inning when gave up three runs. Zach Green was three for three with two RBIs until the ninth inning when he struck out representing the winning run in a 3-2 loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
Nineteen year-old Sixto Sanchez will be a major league pitcher some day but right now he has a way to way to go.
He started the game with high 90’s mph fastballs in the first inning. He ended it after six innings on only 74 pitches with a 99 mph fastball for a swinging strike three. In between in the early innings he topped at 100 mph on the scoreboard gun including a swinging strike three on his first strikeout of the game in the third inning. Watch his four strikeouts HERE.
What is troublesome though is that in his two starts in the Florida State League, Sanchez has pitched 12 innings and has given up 16 hits and 8 runs. He is throwing strikes, walking only one but has only struck out seven. Hard to believe a pitcher whose fastball comes in at 96-100 mph has only seven strikeouts in 12 innings.
Still Sixto did earn a quality start and was in control of the game other that the fifth inning when the Flying Tigers put a three spot on the scoreboard against him. The Tigers farmhands put together a walk, double and two single to push across the three runs.
Sanchez was charged with the 3-2 loss as the weak hitting Threshers could only muster two runs thanks to a RBI single and a homer from Zach Green. Watch Green’s RBI single HERE.
Some games Green looks like a top major prospect with the bat. Last night was a game Green showed he deserved to be in Reading except for the ninth inning strikeout. His home run was one of the highest big flies to leave the park I have ever seen hit at Spectrum Field. It landed in the seats in front of the Tiki Bar in left for his 8th of the season in only 136 at bats. It was not wind aided with the 9 mph cross wind blowing left to right.
I was disappointed that the Phillies minor league department has not yet chosen to send Green to Reading to end the season. His bat would play well there! Zach has the tools to put it all together.
Zach is in his sixth season in the Phillies organization. At baseball age 23, if he can stay healthy, he still has a chance to be a powerful right handed bat at the infield or outfield corner positions eventually for some major league team.