Daily notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here.
Enyel De Los Santos, RHP, San Diego (Profile)
Level: Double-A Age: 21 Org Rank: 24 Top 100: NR
Line: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 8 K
The good-bodied De Los Santos, acquired from Seattle for Joaquin Benoit in November of 2015, missed bats with all three of his pitches last night, garnering swings and misses on his 92-95 mph fastball both within the strike zone and above it and with his fading changeup. De Los Santos also has a solid-average curveball that he can bend into the zone for cheap, early-count strikes the third time through the lineup, but he’s becoming more adept at burying it in the dirt when he’s ahead. He generally lives in the strike zone and is a good bet to start; the only knock I’ve heard from scouts is that the stuff plays down due to poor extension, which might explain the modest strikeout rate despite good reports on the stuff.
Tucker Davidson, LHP, Atlanta (Profile)
Level: Low-A Age: 21 Org Rank: HM Top 100: NR
Line: 6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 R, 8 K
After two months of success in Rome’s bullpen, Davidson was moved into the rotation and has carried his above-average velocity, which spiked last year when he improved his conditioning, into that role. He struggles to repeat his delivery and still projects in a relief role, but starting now will allow him to refine his promising curveball. He was a 19th-round pick in 2016.
Tyler Phillips, RHP, Texas (Profile)
Level: Short Season Age: 19 Org Rank: HM Top 100: NR
Line: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 R, 8 K
Phillips was sent back to Arizona for the remainder of Extended ST after plunking three hitters in just over three innings of a May start with Hickory. His stuff is good — mostly 92-94 with an average slider — and he’s still just 19 and has a Northeastern pedigree, so scouts expect development to come a bit later. He’s had several successful starts at Spokane since short season began.
Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Philadelphia (Profile)
Level: Low-A Age: 18 Org Rank: 4 Top 100: NR
Line: 5 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 0 R, 5 K
Though not an especially dominant start, it gives me an opportunity to share video of Sanchez with you. He’s not especially big but is a terrific athlete who funnels every bit of kinetic energy his body will allow into the baseball and is still able to consistently find the strike zone. He has an elite fastball and feel for a changeup and breaking ball right now, though neither is dominant. The change might be. Sanchez lacks physical projection but with the kind of velo he’s already sporting, he doesn’t need to be. The top of Philly’s system is crowded but, depending on how patient you’re willing to be with J.P. Crawford, this guy might be at the head of it.
Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at ESPN.com. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.