Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 Phillies Prospect Countdown: #14 RHP Sixto Sanchez

Sixto Sanchez, image- BaseballBetsy
Right-handed hurler Sixto Sanchez made a big impression last year, proving himself worthy of soaring quickly on many prospect lists and is regarded currently as one of the Phillies' most promising pitching talents.

The Domincan Republic native signed for a reported $35,000 at the age of 16.  He would begin his professional career in 2015 as a member of the Phils' Dominican Summer League team.  In 11 appearances (two starts), the youngster posted a 1-2 record with a 4.56 ERA and a .291 batting average against. 

As a member of the rookie level Gulf Coast League Phillies last summer, the six-foot 185-pounder made 11 starts, posting impressive numbers.  In 54 innings, Sanchez allowed just three earned runs, good for a 0.50 ERA.  Additionally, to go along with his undefeated 5-0 record, he would tally a .181 BAA with a 44-to-8 strike out-to-walk ratio.

The success he enjoyed in the GCL came while facing batters that were mostly multiple years older than he was, as Sanchez was only 17-years-old until July 29th.

The talented Sanchez is equipped with a rave-worthy repertoire, including a mid-to-upper-90's fastball with sink.  He also sports very solid secondary offerings with nice upside...a reliable curve ball that features good movement as well as a consistent change up.

Sanchez is said to be quite athletic and can field his position well.  He was mainly a shortstop prior to signing with the Phillies.

Expect Sanchez to be part of the Class A Lakewood rotation when the 2017 gets started in April. 

You can follow along with this year’s Phillies prospects countdown by clicking this link.
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