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Phillies No. 1 prospect Sixto Sanchez reportedly could return in August



Sixto Sanchez is the Phillies No. 1 overall prospect. (Brandon Apter/SportsTalkPhilly)

Philadelphia Phillies No. 1 prospect Sixto Sanchez, by all accounts, was off-the-table in discussions for superstar Manny Machado, who the Baltimore Orioles ultimately dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sanchez has been out since early June with elbow inflammation, so it’s unclear if that played any role in his lack of involvement in trade talks (the guess here is that it didn’t). In any event, it appears that the 19-year-old is nearing a return.

According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, Sanchez will start throwing again in the near future:

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 again in August.

Sanchez had been doing well with High-A Clearwater before the injury, as he had 4-3 record with a 2.51 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in eight starts.

If all goes well upon his return, Sanchez could open the 2019 season at Clearwater. At the beginning of the 2018 season, MLB Pipeline projected that Sanchez would make his major league debut in 2019, though it’s unclear how his injury may have affected his timeline.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. denzen

    July 19, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Saw something weird while looking through Phil’s minor league stats today. Roman Quinn is active and at Clearwater, after missing about 2 months with a bad finger.

    • schmenkman

      July 19, 2018 at 5:45 pm

      Yes, Quinn is on a rehab assignment in Clearwater.

      • denzen

        July 19, 2018 at 6:06 pm

        Looks weird to see him on active list, huh.?

  2. Craig Glessner

    July 19, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    He would make a good option off the bench when he gets back into shape (whatever that may be for Quinn) just not injured. That speed and glove would be more useful than Valentien and his 170 average or Plouffe. GEAUX PHILLIES

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