Vote Threshers in the 2017 MILBY Awards

Club up for Farm System, Reliever, and Breakout Player of the Year

By Clearwater Threshers | October 10, 2017 9:44 AM ET


CLEARWATER, Fla. - Fan voting for the 2017 MiLBY Awards is underway. The Phillies are up for Best Farm System, while two Threshers' pitchers are nominated in other categories. Vote for Sixto Sanchez as Breakout Prospect and J.D. Hammer as Top Relief Pitcher through October 20. Follow the links below:


Best Farm System - Philadelphia Phillies

Rebuilding process paying dividends for Phils

The Phillies finished last in the NL East for the third time in four years, but the fruits of their rebuild are starting to make a difference. They have seven top-100 prospects -- only Atlanta boasts more -- and got breakout seasons from Scott Kingery (26 homers and 29 steals with Gold Glove defense at second) and Rhys Hoskins (18 homers in his first 34 MLB games), while J.P. Crawford rebounded with a strong second half in Triple-A.

Breakout Prospect - Sixto Sanchez

5-7, 3.03 ERA, 95 IP, 84 K, 18 BB, 0.96 WHIP

MLB Organization: Phillies

The 19-year-old right-hander has become one of the Minors' most electric arms, not just because of his triple-digit fastball but because he can spot it incredibly well. Sanchez walked only 18 batters while posting a 3.03 ERA in 95 innings between Class A Lakewood and Class A Advanced Clearwater in 2017. He's jumped to No. 47 overall in's rankings and could climb even higher.

Top Relief Pitcher - J.D. Hammer

6-2, 1.87 ERA, 57 2/3 IP, 85 K, 0.88 WHIP, 13 SV, 14 SVO

MLB Organization: Phillies

Hammer didn't let a midseason trade from the Rockies affect his performance. With a fastball that reaches the high-90s with ease and a sharp, late-breaking slider, the 23-year-old recovered from a rough spell in the Cal League by posting a 0.57 ERA in 12 FSL appearances with the Threshers.

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