Eight Philadelphia Phillies prospects have been named to the preliminary rosters of this year's Arizona Fall League, which will kick off its 27th season on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Top Phillies prospect and No. 17 overall-ranked RHP Sixto Sanchez headlines the list of players which will represent the club, followed by fellow right-handers Luke Leftwich, Seth McGarry and Tyler Viza, first baseman Darick Hall, shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa, 3B/OF Luke Williams and OF Austin Listi, according to The Athletic's Meghan Montemurro.
On Monday, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reported that Sanchez — sidelined since early June due to inflammation in his right elbow — was nearing a return, and that the Phillies were considering to have the 20-year-old pitch in the September instructional league and possibly the Arizona Fall League "to make up for lost developmental time." It appears Phillies brass is opting in on those considerations.
Combined between the Phillies' four pitching Arizona Fall League representatives, they have gone 13-17 this season with a 3.43 ERA, 249-100 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and 1.301 WHIP spanning 120 appearances and 249 innings. On offense, the four Phillies hitting representatives slashed a combined .258/.344/.409 with 74 doubles, seven triples, 54 home runs, 247 RBI, 181 walks and 380 strikeouts over 460 games and 1,906 plate appearances.
Gamboa, 20, joins Sanchez as the Phillies' only other top 30-ranked club prospect to be named to this year's Arizona Fall League. The Phillies signed the Venezuela native for $900,000 in July 2014, then ranked as MLB Pipeline's 15th-best international prospect. Gamboa produced just a .217/.308/.283 slash line in 111 games this season at Class A-Advanced Clearwater.