Prospect Rankings No. 17: Yohan Flande – Phillies Nation

Prospect Rankings No. 17: Yohan Flande

Yohan Flande, LHP

Born: 1/27/1986 in El Seibo, Dominican Republic

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 170

Six months ago Flande was buried in the Phillies farm system, an afterthought in the minds of most who placed more pedigreed pitchers ahead offlande 1 him in the organizational rankings. But with a breakout performance at Clearwater to start the year, an invitation to the Futures Game and a good stretch at Reading since his promotion, the left-handed Dominican has quickly become one of the Phillies most exciting prospects.

The Phillies signed Flande as an amateur free agent out of the D.R. in 2004, where he stayed and eventually played two seasons with the Dominican Summer League team. He pitched very well in 2006 and 2007 in his homeland before joining the Gulf Coast Phillies last season for 10 impressive appearances with an ERA of 2.19 in 53.1 innings. The big test came this season, as Flande advanced to high-A ball to play with Clearwater, where he dominated opponents for the first half of the season, earning himself a spot on the World Team at the Futures Game where he struck out two batters in a scoreless inning of work. Flande’s dream season took a hit after his call-up to Reading, as he struggled in his first four starts. He has since adjusted, posting a 2.06 ERA over his last six starts.

Flande does not have an overpowering fastball like many top prospects, but instead gets by with good command of all his pitches. He has a very effective changeup that functions as an out pitch, and has learned to pitch inside with his fastball to set up his off-speed pitches for success. He has the type of consistent motion that allows him to easily repeat his success one start after the next.

The only reason to doubt Flande’s ability to continue pitching well is that his track record is fairly short. But all of his underlying numbers indicate that he is doing all the right things on the mound. His groundout-to-airout ratio of 1.66 this season is better than average, as is his .250 batting average against. And for a pitcher without a dominant fastball, a career strikeout rate of 7.4 per 9 innings is also excellent. At 23 Flande may be able to quickly rise through the organization over the next year and make his way to the top of the Phillies prospect rankings. For now, though, we can continue to watch him emerge.


Year   Level   W   L   ERA    IP   H    ER   BB   K   K/9

2006   ROOK   6   1   2.08   65   55   15   12   60  8.3

2007   ROOK   3   2   2.36   72.1 61  19   27   62  7.7

2008   ROOK   4   1   2.19   53.1 41  13   11   39  6.6

2009   A+       7   1   2.52   82   72   23   24   67  7.4

2009   AA       3   3   4.00  54   55   24   17   42  7.0

RankingsAll previous prospect profiles can be found here, which is also on the left sidebar for easy viewing

17.  Yohan Flande, LHP
18.  Julian Sampson, RHP
19.  John Mayberry, Jr., OF
20.  Mike Cisco, RHP
21.  Freddy Galvis, SS
22.  Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
23.  Domingo Santana, OF
24.  Jonathan Singleton, 1B
25.  Drew Naylor, RHP

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  1. Brooks

    August 25, 2009 at 6:26 am

    I looked at this fellow and thought, he has to be in his mid to late 30’s. Even then, with the nervous performance that Mayberry had when he was up here, how does this plus 4 ERA pitcher, with no apparent domniant stuff rate higher than John Mayberry?

  2. Ben Seal

    August 25, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Flande’s career ERA is 2.67, and by the end of the season his ERA at Reading will likely be below 4, so he’s been pitching well his entire professional career. Despite not having great stuff, he gets people out because he knows how to use his pitches, which is often more important than a 96-mph fastball. Nobody would describe J.A. Happ as having “dominant” stuff, but he’s been a stud in the rotation all season.

  3. Don M

    August 25, 2009 at 10:36 am

    I saw Flande like two weeks ago at Trenton Thunder … he carried a no-hitter into like the 6th

    Did a great job of changing speeds and keeping the ball down in the zone.. a ball past the 3b (ruled a HIT, but shouldn’t have been)… and then a ball in the LF-CF gap hurt him for some runs..

    but he looked like he could be an effective mid-to-back of the rotation start for someone in 2-3 years

    John Mayberry Jr is far from a Top Prospect … he probably projects as a 4th-5th Outfielder for most teams, or more likely a guy that gets bounced between AAA and the Majors for most of his career

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