Top Phillies Prospect Sixto Sanchez Shows what the Hype is All About in Season Debut

Ardent Phillies fans have spent the past several summers desperately checking minor league box scores in search of hope that players like Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery, Nick Williams, and J.P. Crawford were fulfilling their collective promise, a promise that would one day in the not too distant future make the big league club relevant again. While it appears that day has finally arrived, there are still plenty of good reasons to keep an eye on the organization’s minor league clubs. The best of those reasons, right-handed pitching prospect Sixto Sanchez, is almost unanimously considered the Phillies’ top prospect and one of the best arms in all of baseball. He made his season debut with the Class-A Clearwater Threshers this afternoon, flashing his electric arsenal of plus-pitches while showing what the hype is all about:

101? 100? Backbreaking power slider? Is that good?

While the 19-year-old lights up radar guns and generates buzz with a fastball that frequently reaches triple digits, it is his ability to pair it with a well above average slider that makes him a special talent. That devastating slider was on display in all of its paralyzing glory here:

And here:

Those swings did not appear comfortable.

It wasn’t all good for Sanchez, who struggled with his fastball command and was dinged for seven hits, four earned runs, and four walks over four innings of work. While his final line wasn’t particularly impressive, the stuff and ceiling remains the headline here.

For those wondering when Sanchez will arrive in Philadelphia, it certainly will not be this season. It’s possible that he could expedite the process and force the Phillies’ hand with a 2019 debut, but given the organization’s historical deliberate nature with their prospects, a 2020 call-up seems like the safer bet.

If you want to get a more realistic feel for Sanchez’s pacing, sequencing, and stuff, then here is an extended look at his debut:

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