Phillies Pitching Prospect Seranthony Dominguez Showed Last Night He Is Back!

Seranthony Dominguez (Photo courtesy of the Gigantes del Cibao FB page.)

Seranthony Dominguez is finally back.  Last night in the Dominican Winter League he pitched two innings in middle relief and retired all six batter he faced, striking out three, two swinging, to pick up the win for the Gigantes.

Dominguez had been struggling ever since his seventh start of the Florida State League season season when he had to walk off the mound in a game in the middle of May with Clearwater because of a shoulder injury.

He attempted to pitch once again when he came back off the DL the end of July.  He did not have the command he had back in April where he went 2-0, striking out 25 in 19 innings, allowing only two runs over his first three starts of the season.

When he came back in the second half, he still touched 96 mph on the Threshers speed gun listed on the left field scoreboard.

Dominguez turns 23-years-old on November 25th and will be eligible for the Rule Five Draft in December if the Phillies do not put him on the 40-man roster.   If he continues to pitch like he did last night he would be well worth protecting.

Teams have until next Monday, November 20th, at 8 PM finalize their 40-man roster for this year’s Rule 5 selections scheduled for Thursday, December 14th to bring an end to the Winter Meetings.








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Baseball America Says, J.D. Hammer Is “Not A Top Tier Prospect But Heard Enough To Be Curious!”

J.D. Hammer is finally getting some attention from the minor league experts including the staff at Baseball America.   They have described him as  “not a top tier” prospect, but they heard enough about him “to be curious” in a Nov 10th AFL Podcast .  Listen HERE at the 36:20 minute mark of the BA Podcast.

Hammer was selected to the AFL Stars game but did not pitch in last Saturday night’s game.  In eight AFL games,  he is one of only four pitchers in the league who have not allowed an earned run.  He has two saves and two holds in 10.1 innings while allowing only two hits and striking out 10.  He is second in WHIP at 0.58.

Hammer is finishing up only his second year in professional ball but J.D. looks major league ready since coming over at the trading deadline from the Rockies organization.

He should get a non roster invite to the Phillies major league camp in February when pitchers and catchers report.  He does not need to be added to the 40-man roster for Rule Five draft protection this year.






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Phillies Prospect J.D. Hammer Continues To Show It’s Time For His Major League Stuff But Not In The AFL Stars Game!

Overlooked to pitch in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars game on Saturday, J.D. Hammer came back yesterday to pitch two innings of shutout ball to continue his perfect no run AFL season.

We can only guess Hammer was being saved for the bottom of the ninth in the Stars game.  His West team was leading 2-1 going into the bottom of the eight but the East team put a up a three spot for a 4-2 lead which was the final score.

J.D. Hammer

Hammer has been over the top since coming to the Phillies organization in the Neshek deal with Colorado at the summer trade deadline.  In 22 games combined in the FSL and AFL, he has worked 26 innings in relief allowing only one run and 10 hits while striking out 30.

Cornelius Randolph

The other Phillies player in the Stars game was left fielder Cornelius Randolph.  He had only one at bat and flew out to the warning track in left.  Watch HERE.  He also was unable to catch a high fly ball hit straight away to shallow left which allowed the tying run to score in the bottom of the eight.  Watch HERE.

It’s time for Hammer to get a non-roster invite to the Phillies major league camp in February! The 23- year-old has earned it with his major league stuff after only two years in minor league baseball.


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Phillies Top Reliever Prospect J.D. Hammer Selected To Pitch In AFL Fall Stars Game Saturday Night In The Desert

What a Phillies minor league season it has been for relief pitcher J. D. Hammer since coming over to the Phillies minor league system at the trade deadline in the Pat Neshek deal with the Rockies.

He will be making his national TV debut on the MLB channel Saturday night in the Arizona Fall League All Star game.

We watched J.D. pitch in his Clearwater Threshers debut, July 31st.  Watch his first FSL strikeout HERE. on a 95 MPH fastball.

J.D. Hammer

Hammer was dominating in his last relief appearance on the last day in August against the eventual Florida State League Co- Champions, the Dunedin Blue Jays. He struck out five including four in a row in two innings of work.  Watch HERE.  One of his strikeouts came on a 97 mph fastball.

He pitched 15.2 innings in his time with Clearwater going 2-0, striking out 20 and walking only 2.  He allowed only one run on 8 hits in 12 games.

In the Arizona Fall League in 7 games, Hammer has pitched 8.1 innings of shutout baseball with 2 saves and 2 holds.   He allowed only 2 hits, walking 3 and striking out 7.

His 0.60 WHIP was tops among the six pitchers in the AFL with a 0.00 ERA.

Watch his AFL interview HERE.

In 24 innings pitching as a member of the Phillies organization in the FSL and AFL he has allowed only one run while walking 5 and striking out 27.

We are looking forward to the 2018 season and J.D. Hammer pitching at Citizens Bank Park. He has shown he has major league stuff.






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The Phillies Have Two 6’6″ AAA Starting Pitching Prospects Who Might Play Important Roles In 2018

I guess we can call Jacob Waguespack and Franklyn Kilome AAA starters going into the 2018 season.  Just barely though!

Jacob Waguespack pitching for the Threshers last season

Waguespack, in his only AAA start to end the 2017 season, pitched a seven inning, one-run, seven strikeout gem in losing 1-0 in the International League post season. Watch HERE   for several of his strikeouts.  Had the Lehigh Valley IronPigs won that game, Kilome would have been the next day starter making his AAA debut in the deciding game of the best-of-five semi-finals.

Franklyn Kilome in 2017 spring training

But Kilome did do a payback for both of them earlier this week.  On Wednesday night for Escogido in the Dominican Winter League, he struck out Yankee farmhand  Mike Ford.  It was Ford who hit the game winning home run off of Waguespack in the seventh inning of the Sept 10th playoff  game which would eliminate the IronPigs from the playoffs.

Watch HERE starting at the 57 second mark of the video where  Kilome, No. 75, gets Ford on a swinging strike three as he sends the bat flying in frustration.

In two starts in the DWL so far, Kilome has pitch seven innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven.  Combined Waguespack and Kilome have allowed only three runs in their last 14 innings striking out 14.

If the Phillies are going to be at least a .500 team in 2018 they are going to need quality starts at some point from the likes of the soon to be 24-year-old Waguespack and the 22-year-old Kilome.

These two, towering 6’6″ pitchers with mid 90’s heat are two of the tallest starters in baseball.  They are two of the tough competitors.  We look forward to seeing them work in spring training.

I predict, they will make trips to Philadelphia at some point during the upcoming season. They both have major league stuff!


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Edgar Cabral, J.D. Hammer and Trevor Bettencourt Standout In AFL Action

Three Phillies have stood out in Arizona Fall League action.  Catcher Edgar Cabral is hitting  .368 going 7 for 19.  J.D Hammer has pitched 5.1 innings of shutout ball with two saves in five games and Trevor Bettencourt has yet to give up a run and picked up a save in two shutout innings.

Yesterday was no exception as Cabral catching for only the third game lined a single to center to go 1 for 3 and Hammer pitched the ninth to get the save in a 3-2 win for Mesa over Peoria in AFL action.

Cabral had one of the highest percents in baseball throwing out runners attempting to steal last season. He threw out 44 of 91 base stealer for a 48% including 13 of 24 attempts for 54% in the Florida State League.

JD Hammer

Hammer was used as a middle reliever with Clearwater after being acquire at the trade deadline in the Pat Neschek trade with Colorado. He worked a scoreless ninth but did walk two batters on four pitches each after getting the first two batters out.  He got the final out on a force out at third to end the game.

Watch HERE Cabral frame a pitch by Hammer in a Sept.30th Instructs game at Roberts Field before they left for the AFL.

Another pitcher Trevor Bettencourt has yet to allow a run in relief but has only made two appearances in the first two weeks of the AFL.  Watch HERE Trevor put on quite a performance pitching to Cabral in striking out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Blue Jays in the Sept. 30th Instructs game.  Please note Bettercourt gave up three runs and three hits in  2/3 of an inning in today’s game.

They have 18 games left in the AFL season which concludes Nov. 16th.  The AFL Fall Stars game is scheduled for Nov. 4th.




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Phillies Prospects Not Showing Much In Offseason Ball, Still Time To Impress the Scouts

From Instructs to the Offseason Leagues the baseball march continues in the never ending search for the long shot prospect.  I was standing next to a guy at Instructs and he was telling a guy that he was headed to the “Capital”.   I wondered why he was heading to D.C.  It turns out he was headed to the Dominican Republic for the start of the Liga de Beisbol Dominicano.

Now is the time for the offseason leagues to get started.    Since Winter doesn’t start officially until December 21, we can’t call it winter ball because the leagues in the Caribbean are winding up about then.  The Arizona Fall League wraps things up just in time so the boys can return home for Thanksgiving and the Front Offices can get things in place for the December Winter Meetings.

The Phillies have 19 position players and 9 pitchers listed on the Offseason Leagues Organizational Stats page. Read HERE .  And as you can read most of them have not performed well after the first two weeks of play.

Only four of them are hitting over .300: Andres Blanco, .462; Cameron Perkins, .350; Daniel Brito, .323 and Edgar Cabral, .308.  On the other hand 13 of them are hitting .250 or less including 7 hitting .200 or less.

Three of the stuggling hitters can be considered prospects but seem to have trouble getting it started with the bat in offseason ball: Jiandido Tromp, .185,  Cornelius Randolph, .143, and Roman Quinn, .118.  In fact, Quinn is still listed on the Phillies 40-man roster.

Offseason pitching has been a bit better though most of the young pitching prospects rest their arms in the offseason. Only two starters are pitching in the offseason, Elniery Garcia in the AFL and Franklyn Kilome in the Dominican League.  As we have posted earlier Garcia has been the Monday starting pitcher for Shawn Williams in the AFL going 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA averaging better than a strikeout an inning while Kilome had a three inning start allowing only one hit, a home run, while striking out three.

Of the seven relievers, five of them have yet to allow a run:  Trevor Bettencourt, AFL, IP 2,  innings, Garett Cleavenger, AFL, IP 3 innings, Zac Curtis, DWL, IP 5,  J.D. Hammer, AFL, IP 4.1 and Tom Windle, DWL, IP 3.

Please note this update.  In the Monday, October 23rd AFL game Garcia gave up five runs in a three inning start and charged with his second loss.  Cleavenger came on in relief in the same game and was charged with five more runs in getting only one out.  Randolph went 0 for 4 to drop his batting average to .120. The lone bright spot was designated hitter Edgar Cabral who went 2 for 3 to raise his average to .375.  Now if the N.L. had the DH the Phillies would be all set.

Three Phillies minor league prospects have been assigned to the Columbia Winter League which starts up Nov. 3.  They include first baseman Kyle Martin, infielder Derek Campbell and returning for a second season catcher Chace Numata.  Read HERE.

Last offseason Jacob Waguespack pitched in the Liga Columbia De Beisbol Professional  and is now a top Phillies prospect after pitching severn strong innings in a start in the International League playoffs in September.

Still time remains for the Phillies offseason players who have shown little so far to impress scouts before the start of the winter meetings set for Orlando Fl. Dec. 10-14.  Read HERE.




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