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Sanchez is one of the best pitching prospects in the game, a potential frontline starter who shares similarities with Yankees ace Luis Severino. Sanchez throws a mid-to-upper-90s fastball that can scrape 100 mph, and while many young power arms struggle with their control, Sanchez fills the strike zone with strong fastball command. He throws a plus slider and an average changeup, with a handful of high-strikeout games that have come when he has sequenced his pitches well. Right elbow inflammation has kept Sanchez out since June 3, but he’s expected to be throwing again by late July and could be pitching in games again in August.
Drafted third overall in June, Bohm is a 6-foot-5 third baseman who had some of the best raw power in the draft, along with a strong performance record in games. He has a promising combination of hitting ability, strike-zone judgment and power that could fit into the middle of a lineup, though several scouts believe he will end up moving to either an outfield corner or first base.
A pair of meltdown starts in April and a couple more sprinkled later in the season left Medina with a bloated ERA, but he still shows the stuff to be a mid-rotation starter. He’s sitting in the low-to-mid 90s with his fastball, putting hitters away with an above-average changeup and a solid-average slider. Medina has gotten into trouble when he has tried to lean too heavily on his offspeed pitches and when his fastball command has escaped him, but he has the attributes to fix those issues.
Dominguez technically still qualifies as a prospect. He started the year in Double-A Reading and, once called up, quickly established himself as one of the better relievers in the big leagues. Dominguez has flourished moving from starter to reliever, with an electric fastball that sits in the upper 90s and a plus slider he can use as a finishing pitch.
The Mariners signed de los Santos in 2014, then a year later traded him to the Padres, who after the 2017 season flipped him to the Phillies for shortstop Freddy Galvis. He has shown a promising combination of power stuff, durability and control, producing one of the lowest ERAs this year in the Triple-A International League. De los Santos pitches off a fastball that sits 92-96 mph and can touch 98, and he leans on his above-average changeup as his out pitch that’s more advanced than his breaking stuff.
Things didn’t click early for Romero, who after five starts had a 7.18 ERA and a 17-11 K-BB mark in 26.1 innings. Since then going into the Eastern League all-star break, Romero rebounded with a 2.95 ERA, 79 strikeouts and 28 walks in 73.1 innings. Whereas early on he was trying to get hitters to chase and ended up falling behind in counts, Romero got back to emphasizing strengths with his low-to-mid-90s sinker and above-average changeup. Romero has the potential to develop into a No. 3 starter.
After starting in Double-A Reading, Suarez received a promotion to Triple-A at the end of June. Suarez has always had advanced feel for pitching and deception, but last year he got his legs into his delivery and added more power to his fastball. He throws 90-95 mph, with four-seamers and mostly two-seamers that have heavy sink. His go-to secondary weapon is a mid-80s changeup that flashes solid-average. He also throws a slider that can be an average pitch at times. He projects as a No. 4 starter, with a chance to exceed that in some years.
After Haseley batted .300/.343/.415 with five home runs in 79 games for high Class A Clearwater, the Phillies promoted him to Double-A in July. The No. 8 overall pick in 2017, Haseley has good feel for the barrel, but he does face profile questions, with his defense projecting better at an outfield corner than in center, and his power not truly suited for a corner, though scouts highest on him still think his bat can be his carrying tool.
The Latin America pitching pipeline keeps flowing for the Phillies, with Morales the team’s most exciting international in short-season ball. He’s throwing 92-96 mph with downhill angle from his 6-foot-5 frame, then finishing hitters with a plus slider. Morales’ command escapes him at times, but he could develop into a mid-rotation starter with a chance for more.
Garcia was Philadelphia’s big-ticket international signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2017, when they gave him $2.5 million. He was one of the best defensive shortstops in his class, with quick feet, soft hands and a plus arm. In his pro debut, Garcia has also shown an encouraging offensive approach, working the count into his favor and showing good contact skills from both sides of the plate, albeit without much power yet.
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