|Sixto Sanchez, image- BaseballBetsy|
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.
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