Phillies farm system report: Prospects continue success through June
Week Record (6-1)
Year Record to Date (39-31)
Recap and Standouts
This has easily been my favorite team to follow over the early part of the season. Yes, Lehigh Valley has a ton of close-to-ready talent, but the pitching at this level has been elite all season. Some of the bats are still improving, but the pitching has been tremendous.
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Starting with the offensive side of things, Mickey Moniak continues to put up consistent numbers at this point. He entered the new week at .272/.328/.396 after a week that featured a four hit and two hit game.
A newer name that has started to surface is Darick Hall. The 21-year-old first baseman had 41 RBI in his first 41 games this season. The lefty slugger has 10 homers and is slashing .257/.319/.476 through the middle of June. He will be a player to keep an eye on over the next few years.
Now for the really fun part: The pitching.
Sixto Sanchez made two appearances last week. He combined for 10 innings pitched, six hits, one run, no walks, and four strikeouts. He improved to a 2.88 ERA since coming back from injury.
Not to be outdone though, Ranger Suarez went seven innings for the fifth time in his eleven starts. While he did surrender three earned runs on four hits and three walks, he did strike out five. The strikeouts and innings pitched this season are both equally impressive.
Oh, then there was Adonis Medina’s start. He only threw seven innings without allowing a run. Medina also added a career high 12 strikeouts to the line.
In the midst of a 21 hit output by the offense last Wednesday, Bailey Falter put on a show of his own. He went five innings, gave up no runs, while scattering six hits, walking none, and striking out six. The 20-year-old lowered his ERA to a solid 3.20 on a staff where he appears to be the weak link, but is nowhere near it.
Nick Fanti and JoJo Romero wanted in on the fun though too. Falter threw 5.2 innings, giving up five hits and a walk, which led to two runs (only one earned). He struck out five along the way and found his ERA settle at 2.25 to this point.
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The next day, Romero would push it a step further. The lefty scattered four hits and no walks over eight innings. He added ten strikeouts in what appeared to be one of his most dominant performances of the season.