The Phillies first round pick is gaining high praise early on
Baseball America has released their latest top-100 prospects, and two Phillies prospects have cracked the list.
Returning on the list is the organization’s number one prospect, pitcher Sixto Sanchez. He moved up one spot to number 15 overall on the rankings, highlighting why the Phillies would not move him in a trade for Manny Machado.
Sanchez has made just eight starts this year and remains on the disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow.
The publication, which is subscription based, says Sanchez ” is one of the hardest-throwing starting pitchers in the minors.” They rate his fastball a 70 on an 80 grading scale with a 60 changeup and a 55 curveball.
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It will be a couple of years until Sanchez is ready to make a major league impact, but he could see a promotion to Double-A Reading this year if he returns and stays healthy.
Cracking the list for the first time is the third-overall pick of the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft, third baseman Alec Bohm. The power-hitting infielder has moved quickly through the minor league system, already finding himself at Short-Season Williamsport.
Bohm is hitting just .192 for the Crosscutters, but that’s not to be of concern after just 14 games. It’s a whole new lifestyle for the former collegiate star as he transitions into being a professional athlete.
Baseball America gives Bohm a 60 for both power and arm strength with a 50, which is average, for hitting. His speed and defense are marked below average, but his scouting report starts with him having “some of the best raw power in the country.”
Falling off the top-100 list is Philadelphia’s number two prospect Adonis Medina, a pitcher in Single-A Clearwater. Medina would have been the headliner in a trade for Machado, but for now, he remains in the organization as one of their better pitchers.
MLB Pipeline still rates Medina as the 73rd best prospect in baseball, which is about where Baseball America had him before their latest ranking.