Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Promote them: Phils minor leaguers ready for the next challenge

This week promising reliever Seranthony Dominguez was promoted to the big league roster, joining the Phillies bullpen just 10 days after earning a promotion to the Triple-A level. 

The 23-year-old Dominican dominated the minors this year, posting a 2-2 record with a saves, a 1.62 ERA, a .143 batting average against and an 11.3 K/9 mark in 11 appearances. 

Dominguez's bump up should be the first of a series of promotions throughout the Phillies minor league levels, as there are several others ready for greater challenges ahead.

Damek Tomscha, image- Jay Floyd
At the Double-A level, right-handed hitting corner infielder Damek Tomscha is wrecking the competition throughout the Eastern League.  In 26 games, the 26-year-old sports a .337 batting average, five homers and 17 RBI.  Additionally, the Phillies' 17th round draft selection from 2014 has notched five mult-hit games in his last eight contests.

Another power bat from the Reading lineup, corner infielder Zach Green has shown progressing production as well and could be deserving of a promotion before long.  In 20 games, the 24-year-old righty batter, who was a 3rd round draft choice of the Phils in 2012, touts a .307/.358/.587 slash line.

Leading the way of those ready for a step upward is Class A Advanced Clearwater first baseman Darick Hall.  In 31 games, the 22-year-old lefty batter has a .296 average, a Florida State League leading 10 home runs and 25 RBI.  Hall was a 14th round draft pick in 2016. 

A teammate of Hall's in Clearwater, but also in college at Dallas Baptist, Austin Listi also appears ready to move up.  The first baseman/left fielder ranks second in the FSL in average (.370) and OPS (1.002).  The righty hitter was the Phils' 17th round draft selection last year.

Another Thresher, lefty pitcher Bailey Falter has looked very sharp as well.  In five starts, the 21-year-old has tallied a 3-0 record with a 2.28 ERA with 24 strike outs and just seven walks in 27 2/3 innings.  Falter was a 5th round pick in 2015.

Ramon Rosso, image- Jay Floyd
With Class A Lakewood, drawing attention and appearing ready for what's next is right-handed starter Ramon Rosso, who has been incredible for the BlueClaws.  The 21-year-old Dominican has a 1-0 record with a gleaming 1.10 ERA with a .167 batting average against and an 11.3 K/9 mark.

Lefty starter Will Stewart, a 20th round pick from 2015 could be ready for better competition as well.  The 20-year-old likely won't get a nod because if his age, but he's looked great in the South Atlantic League, sporting a 3-0 record with a 1.86 ERA, a .211 BAA and a 7.8 K/9 mark.

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