The 2021 season is entering its final two months. The Major league season has eight weeks to go and the minor league season has six weeks left. Three players interest us the most. They are rehabbing Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez, Lehigh Valley’s first baseman Darick Hall and Clearwater Threshers’ young lefty pitcher Samuel Aldegheri. I have labeled him the best pitcher in all of Italy.
The Phillies hope that Dominguez can be helpful in September out of the pen. In three, one inning, appearances rehabbing with Jersey Shore, he has thrown 49 pitches allowing no runs, one hit and struck out four. He could be the difference in late relief down the stretch in the pennant chase.
Hall is on one of his hot streaks to remember at AAA. In his last 19 games, Darick is hitting .333 with a 1.072 OPS with 6 home runs and 19 RBIs for the Iron Pigs. Unfortunately, September MLB rosters will be increased from the current 26 to only 28 players compared to up to 40 in previous Septembers. Hall would look nice coming off the bench for the Phillies.
Of all the young Phillies minor league pitchers, the one who has impressed us the most, watching in person this summer, has been 19 year-old Samuel Aldegheri of the Clearwater Threshers. He has only pitched in four games for the Threshers since his call up on July 17th.
Aldegheri looks like he is going to be someone special. In ten shutout innings at Low A, the lefty has allowed only five hits and struck out 16.
Better yet, Aldegheri has avoided the Injured List. As of August 10th, the Threshers have 21 other pitchers on the IL including 2020 top draft pick Mick Abel.