|Dohy with Reading in 2018, image- Jay Floyd|
Lefty reliever Kyle Dohy has been on the fast track since joining the Phillies organization and stands out as one of the organization's most promising young prospects.
A 16th round draft selection out of Citrus Community College in 2017, Dohy was quickly signed by the Phils and began his professional career that year in the Class A short-season New York-Penn League.
In 13 appearances with Williamsport that year, as a 20-year-old, Dohy would post a 2-1 record with a 3.60 ERA and a .182 batting average against in 13 relief outings. Additionally, he would strike out 22 and walk 20 in 20 innings.
In 2018 Dohy really stood out, pitching at three levels, and started to make a name for himself. In 24 appearances with Class A Lakewood, Dohy looked nearly untouchable, recording a 3-3 record with seven saves, a 0.80 ERA, a .144 batting average against and an outstanding 16.8 K/9 mark while the BB/9 rate looked much better at 4.5.
Dohy would earn a promotion to Class A Advanced Clearwater at the Sally League's All-Star break in June. His brief stint there was just as successful as the first half of the season had been, as he tallied a 2-1 record with a pair of saves and a 1.64 ERA, striking out 18 and walking three in 11 innings over seven appearances for the Threshers.
The Phillies then promoted the youngster once more and he looked a bit more human out of the bullpen with Double-A Reading for the remainder of the season. In 18 games Dohy sported a 2-5 record with a save, a 5.56 ERA and a .165 batting average against. He would strike out 30 and walk 22 in 22 2/3 innings pitched.
Last year, Dohy opened the campaign back in Double-A and appeared to have mastered that level. In six games, he notched a 1-0 record with two saves, a 0.82 ERA, a .059 batting average against and stuck out 22 while walking five in 11 innings of work. He'd move to Triple-A Lehigh Valley before April was through.
As a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the 22-year-old would collect a 6-5 record with a save, a 6.19 ERA, a .253 batting average against while striking out 83 and walking 54 in 56 2/3 innings over 41 appearances.
The pitch repertoire for Dohy, who is listed at six-feet-two, 182 pounds, features a trio of offerings with plus potential. He features a mid-90's fastball that touched up to 97 MPH, a premier slider that has a lot of movement and a change up that could use some refinement and additional consistency.
Command has been a area of concern through Dohy's first few seasons in the minors. It's an area that will be a big focus for coaches and instructors, as they work with the pitcher to get his mechanics and delivery in check.
A sticking point for several pitchers last year was the usage of a different baseball, the type used at the MLB level, at the Triple-A level. It has been a learning process and the Phillies' developmental coaches feel it's something that a talented individual like Dohy will work through and emerge from with a promising future.
It was recently announced that Dohy, who is now 23 years old, will be in big league spring training as a non-roster invitee this year. The Phillies will be watching this talented hurler closely, as he has the potential to be a big contributor out of their bullpen sooner than later.
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