Thursday, August 2, 2018

Sixto update and a bit more

Sanchez with Lakewood last year, image- J. Floyd
I heard from plenty of social networking followers and other folks online in the past few days either expressing displeasure that presumably I left out asking about certain players in my recent interview with Joe Jordan.  Others have politely asked for details on a promising pair of top prospects' recovery from their respective injuries.

The fact of the matter is that Joe, or anyone else for that matter, doesn't always have an answer for every question.  Additionally, I may not ask about every topic or player that everyone wants to hear about. 

But, I am here, at long last, to offer some insight that my readers have been craving.

Sixto Sanchez, the Phillies top pitching prospect is not officially done for the season.  The 20-year-old right-hander has been out of action for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers since early June with the aforementioned elbow inflammation.

The Phillies are hoping to get the Dominican Republic native into some game action before season's end.

"Our thoughts are he's back pitching late August," Joe Jordan said this morning via text message.

That's good news for the Threshers and their fans.  Clearwater is two games back in the Florida State League North Division standings.  The addition of Sanchez could help them clinch a post season spot or battle into the FSL playoffs.  Though he would likely throw rehab outings with a Gulf Coast League (rookie short-season level) team before joining the Threshers.

In eight starts this year, Sanchez posted a 4-3 record with a 2.51 ERA, a .224 batting average against and an 8.7 K/9 mark.

Jordan has not commented on injured 2018 first round draft pick Alec Bohm.  The righty-hitting third baseman is out of action with a left shin contusion.

Bohm is no longer in a walking boot and has been seen working around the Phils' complex in Florida to get ready for a return to action.

In 14 games with Class A short-season Williamsport, prior to being sidelined, the 3rd overall draft selection tallied a .192 batting average with a double and four RBI. 

Additionally, I've heard from a source that talented lefty David Parkinson is headed to Clearwater after a dazzling campaign with Class A Lakewood this year.  The six-foot-two 210-pounder boasts an 8-1 record and the South Atlantic League's best ERA at 1.51 through 17 starts for the BlueClaws this year. 

The 22-year-old lefty was the Phillies' 12th round draft pick out of Mississippi last year. 
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