It’s been a couple of weeks since we took a look at the Clearwater Threshers, and for that I appologize. I was out of town on business, almost immediately followed by being out of town another week for a funeral, so I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to baseball lately. This week’s report won’t be a comprehensive as I normally like to be, but I did want to get something up, so here we go.
The Clearwater team continues to hold onto second place in the Florida State League, after leading their division for most of the month of April. The team is now going into an off day on Wednesday after a six game road trip, including a sweep of the first place Brevard County Manatees (Brewers) to pick up some much needed ground as they look to regain first place.
In the last week the Threshers have seen both Julian Sampson and Freddy Galvis placed on the DL, while Walter Tejeda and Michael Cisco have both been activated from the DL. Also COdy Overback is seeing some playing time again after playing just two games in April. Overbeck was never officially on the DL however.
As I mentioned I have been out of town, and once I returned the team was gone, so I have not had a chance to find out why or for how long either Sampson or Galvis are on the DL. If I could speak Spanish I may be able to decipher Galvis’ Facebook page, but since I can’t I’ll remain in the dark. I did see a picture of his two middle fingers wrapped in a bandage for whatever that is worth. It looks like he may be needing surgery, but that is speculation on my part at the moment.
The big stars for the Threshers have been the pitching of Kyle Drabek, Yohan Flande, and Chance Chapman. Drabek is 3-0 in seven games with no decision in any of his ladt three starts. He leads the FSL in innings pitched (40.2) and Ks (51) with just 12 walks on the season. Yohan Flande leads the team wins (4-1) and is 9th in the FSL with Ks (30) but also 11th in BB (14) in 36.0 innings of work. Chance Chapman meanwhile has made a smooth transition to bullpen work and leads all Threshers pitchers with a microscopic ERA of 0.87 with 20.2 innings of work in nine appearances. He has mainly been used following the starter and leading to a late reliever.
For the offense Dominic Brown has stolen the show. He is in the top five in the FSL in 11 offensive categories. He is first in total bases(68), OPS (1.014), & SLG (.602). He is second in the league in walks (19), RBIs (26), runs (25) and home runs (6). He is third in hits with 37 and fourth in batting average, on-base percentage and triples. Tim Kennelly chimes in on the league leaderboard by leading in doubles with 11 of his 28 hits being two-baggers. And unfortunately Mike DUrant leads the league in Ks with 38 strike outs in 82 at-bats, nearly 50%…
In other news…
Those of you who know me and have followed my Threshers Nation website know that I occassionally dabble in a little bit of silliness while trying also to give informative updates of the goings on down here in Clearwater. If that is your thing, then you may enjoy some of the tongue-in-cheek player profiles I’ve done on a few of the Threshers stars this year. I’ve done a series of Good News/Bad News articles on the following players:
Chance Chapman, Derrick MItchell, Dominic Brown, Yohan Flande, Freddy Jose Galvis Gonzales, Chris Kissock, Kyle Drabek, Matt Rizzotti, Michael Schwimer and Yonderman Rodriguez. The Rizzotti piece especially has gotten a bit of play around the net. I fact it has had more hits than any other article I have ever written in the 7+ years of running my site.
Also, if you are a FACEBOOK user I’ve created a few programs for a bit of fun. There is …
and last but certainly not least…
I’ll be creating more stuff as the season goes on, so if you enjoy the fun side, and use FACEBOOK you can friend me (Jeff Crupper) to keep up on the newest and latest creations. Also, I usually uplaod 25-50 pictures of every home game, so if you want pictures you can follow those on Facebook as well.
Until next week, when I hope to get a good solid report up for everyone….
Jeff Crupper signing off for the THRESHERS NATION!