Sanchez snares Pitcher of the Week award

Phillies' No. 2 prospect earns SAL honor with two scoreless starts

Sixto Sanchez has 64 strikeouts and nine walks in 67 1/3 innings for Lakewood this year. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | July 31, 2017 5:45 PM

Sixto Sanchez isn't bored. He's just finding ways to challenge batters, and himself.

The Phillies' No. 2 prospect was dominant over two scoreless starts last week, earning South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week honors Monday.

Sanchez, a 19-year-old right-hander, struck out 10 over 11 scoreless innings across starts on July 24 and on Sunday for Class A Lakewood. The native of the Dominican Republic allowed five hits and three walks while picking up his fifth win and lowering his ERA to 2.41 over 13 starts.

"It almost gets to a point where he almost gets, I don't want to say bored, but he's competed so well that he's able to work on different things, which is important for him, like his slider and his changeup," Lakewood pitching coach Brian Sweeney told MiLB.com.

"When you're coming with a 100 mph fastball, it's pretty easy to just use that, but now as he's settling in, he's using all of his pitches and learning how to build outs."


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Sanchez's most recent outing against Hickory marked his eighth straight in which he allowed fewer than three earned runs and was his sixth in 13 starts this year without any walks.

Sanchez went five innings against Charleston on July 24 to win his second straight outing -- a rain-shortened complete game -- before taking a no-decision in six frames against the Crawdads. He's 5-1 in his last nine appearances.

"He's been pretty consistent all year," Sweeney said. "The key for Sixto is his delivery. He's got a pretty clean delivery where he uses his legs efficiently and he's able to fill up the zone very consistently with three pitches. When you can do that in the South Atlantic League, you're going to have good success."

Sanchez signed with Philadelphia in May 2015 and spent the last two seasons at the Rookie level. This year, his first full season, he's struck out 64 and walked just nine in 67 1/3 innings after earning Gulf Coast League All-Star honors in 2016.

Below is the complete list of Minor League Pitchers of the Week for July 24-30:

Pitchers of the Week
League Player Team MLB Stats
International Tyler Glasnow Indianapolis PIT 1-0, 1.35 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 1/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 19 K
Pacific Coast Jonathan Albaladejo Las Vegas NYM 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 11 1/3 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
Eastern Cory Taylor Richmond SF 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Southern Joe Gunkel Jacksonville MIA 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Texas Grant Holmes Midland OAK 2-0, 0.69 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 HBP, 2 BB, 11 K
California Trey Killian Lancaster HOU 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 14 K
Carolina Shao-Ching Chiang Lynchburg CLE 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 7 K
Florida State Brian Keller Tampa NYY 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Midwest Clark Beeker Cedar Rapids MIN 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 SHO, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
South Atlantic Sixto Sanchez Lakewood PHI 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 1 SHO, 11 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 HBP, 3 BB, 10 K
New York-Penn Resly Linares Hudson Valley TB 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Northwest Riley Smith Hillsboro ARI 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Appalachian Maximo Castillo Bluefield TOR 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Pioneer Jeffri Ocando Grand Junction COL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HBP, 0 BB, 7 K

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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