Examining the Phillies Short-Season Pitching Prospects

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Aug 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris (50) pitches during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris (50) pitches during the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Thompson (44) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 23, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Thompson (44) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports /

Other Names to Watch

  • RHP Felix Paulino-2016 marks Paulino’s third year in the Phillies organization and his first above rookie-level. He’s made 11 starts for Williamsport, walking just 4.4% of batters. Paulino’s strikeout rate has been unimpressive at just 17.7%, despite a four-pitch mix. Paulino’s fastball can hit 94-95, but his secondary pitches need a real step up before he draws more prospect attention. VIDEO
  • LHP Nick Fanti-Fanti continues to put up impressive numbers in the GCL, posting a 1.51 ERA in 47.2 innings so far this season. His 0.86 WHIP is second on the GCL Phillies behind Sixto Sanchez. The Phillies selected Fanti as a project in the 31st round of last year’s draft, hoping he can add some strength to his lean frame. For now, Fanti’s stock rides on command and secondary pitches that could be above-average. VIDEO
  • RHP Luis Carrasco– Carrasco has a solid low-90s fastball going for him, but his delivery needs work. He will turn 22 in September, so the clock is ticking for the right-hander.
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