Another big prospect has arrived for the Phillies, but will he be the last?
Phillies 11th rated prospect Seranthony Dominguez made his major league debut Monday night with a shutout inning against San Francisco. Domginguez is one of several major prospects that’ve been promoted to the major leagues this year, including Scott Kingery, Victor Arano, and Jesmuel Valentin.
Could another arm or bat be on the way from Lehigh Valley, or will the Phillies stick with their current 25-man roster, barring injuries?
The Phillies top-four prospects, Sixto Sanchez, Adonis Medina, Mickey Moniak, and Adam Haseley, are in Advanced-A Clearwater and none of the four are expected to arrive for at least two more years. Clearwater has about 13 intruiging prospects on their roster, making them the affiliate to watch.
After Sanchez and Medina the top pitching prospects are in Reading: Franklyn Kilome, JoJo Romero, and Ranger Suarez. Don’t expect any of them to arrive before late September this year at the earliest.
Perhaps the arms closest to making their major league debuts are in Lehigh Valley with two players acquired in recent trades, Thomas Eshelman (Ken Giles) and Enyel De Los Santos (Freddy Galvis). De Los Santos is the closest of the two with a 3-0 record and an ERA of 1.07 in five starts, none of which was more than six innings.
If something (God forbid) were to happen to Aaron Nola or Jake Arrieta before Jerad Eickhoff or Ben Lively return from injury, De Los Santos could get a look.
The hottest bat in Lehigh Valley is outfielder Dylan Cozens, the second of the “Bash Brothers” when he and Rhys Hoskins appeared to break records on a nightly basis. Cozens is hitting .324 with four home runs in his last 10 games, though is 1 for his last 10 a-bats with seven strikeouts.
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Cozens is blocked at the major league level by Hoskins, Nick Williams, Odubel Herrera, and Aaron Altherr. Even Roman Quinn could prevent Cozens from being called up based on his experience and speed.
The remaining bats in the minor league system are too far down the minor league gauntlett to make an impact this year. Lehigh Valley has no major offensive prospects on the roster outside of Cozens and Quinn with career minor leaguers and washed up pros (Trevor Plouffe) holding down the fort.
If anyone is getting called up in the near future it’s De Los Santos or Quinn, but the way this team is playing coming off the blowout of San Francisco, don’t expect any major non-injury transations anytime toon.