Phillies option 2 more players to the minors


Update: The Phillies also optioned infielder C.J. Chatham to the minors on Tuesday afternoon.

The Phillies optioned two more players from their 40-man roster to the minor leagues: infielder Nick Maton and hard-throwing lefty Cristopher Sanchez.

Maton is a 24-year-old, left-handed-hitting utility infielder. He was the Phillies’ seventh-round pick in 2017. He had a decent showing in camp, going 6 for 21 (.286) with two doubles, a homer and seven RBI. He played 45 innings in the field, with 20 at shortstop, 15 at third base and 10 at second base.

Sanchez, also 24, was regarded as a raw prospect when the Phillies acquired him from the Rays in November 2019. He’s a 6-foot-6 southpaw who can reach the high-90s.

“Our scouts identified this guy early last season and stayed on him and really pounded the table for us to acquire him,” then-Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said after the deal.

Tampa Bay was about to lose Sanchez in the Rule 5 draft and instead traded him to the Phillies for minor-league infielder Curtis Mead.

The Phillies' spring training roster still includes more than 60 players but will be pared down in the coming days.

Last week, the Phils began trimming it by optioning seven players from the 40-man roster to the minors: left-handed pitchers Kyle Dohy, Bailey Falter and Damon Jones, right-handed pitchers Mauricio Llovera, Adonis Medina and Francisco Morales and outfielder Simon Muzziotti.

Minor-league camp does not technically open until April 1, but the Phillies have a large group of players participating in a mini-camp at their minor-league complex.

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