Andrew Knapp‘s hitting rehab appears to be over. He has been assigned to Clearwater and will likely take over as full time DH until he has been cleared to catch. Currently the Threshers roster has 4 catchers with Knapp, Gabriel Lino, Chad Carman (Temporary Inactive list), and Logan Moore. There will likely be another roster move coming at some point, but for now it seems like Justin Parr is the roster cut (assigned to XST) and could be not long for the organization.
This afternoon, we enjoyed one of the many quirky promotions that you encounter in minor league parks – Bark at the Park. Afterward, we were treated to a Cole Hamels’ start for the Threshers.
Hamels’ second pitch was rocketed over the right field wall by Jays’ star Dwight Smith, Jr. In the third inning, Hamels hit the number 9 batter in the heel while ahead in the count. He proceeded to pick the runner off first base. Good thing, too. Smith followed with another bomb over the wall in right center.
Including a single off the shortstop (I had scored it E6), Hamels line was – Continue reading
The Threshers faced JA Happ on a rehab assignment tonight. Happ proved to be a formidable foe for the young team. Happ retired the Threshers in order in 3 of his 5 innings. He allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and a walk. He struck out five. In the 4 innings after Happ exited the game the Jays bullpen limited the Threshers to 2 hits and a walk.
Meanwhile, The Jays greeted starter Jon ProsinskI with 4 consecutive hits in the first inning. ProsinskI settled down and got out of the inning allowing only 2 runs. Continue reading
Tonight we were treated to an old fashioned pitchers’ duel in a 10-inning Threshers 2-1 victory. All three runs were tainted by errors, 2 were unearned. Through 9 innings, both teams had been able to manage only 1 run and 2 hits each.
Ethan Stewart put together a quality start in his first outing of the season. After a first inning sequence that began with an infield error, a 5-pitch walk, a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly to center, Stewart Continue reading
Tonight’s game was the season opener for both teams. One of the perks of being a season ticket holder in the Florida State League is that you can gain admittance to any FSL park when your team is playing. I took advantage of that tonight and sat about 10 feet from Charley Manuel. Cool. Cooler still, Dunedin posts pitch speed on their scoreboard. Continue reading
I just received exciting news. The Clearwater Threshers have agreed to provide me with press credentials for the 2014 Threshers season, XST, and GCL.
Understandably, at this level, they do not have an open clubhouse. I will have to arrange any interviews with players and coaches through the front office. So, provide me with the names of players/coaches you would like to hear from and I will do my best. If you have specific questions you would like answered, you can forward those too.
You can provide both in the comments section or if, you would like, you can e-mail them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before anyone grabs their pitchfork, here are the top 13 prospects in the league in order, all of which are no doubt Top 100 prospects: Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Javier Baez, Gregory Polanco, Maikel Franco, Noah Syndergaard, Gary Sanchez, Jorge Soler, Andrew Heaney, Aaron Sanchez, Nick Kingham, Eddie Rosario, and Alen Hanson. That is a stacked list of names, and has pure prospects I would take Noah Syndergaard over Franco, because I think he is monster pitcher who was limited by only getting 12 games in the FSL. That being said it is a great placement for Franco.
I am not going to dive into the Franco report too much as he appears on the Eastern League list as well among many of the same names. Just know that scouts really like him and while their are weaknesses and nits to pick, he is still a very good prospect. Continue reading
Commenter “sillybones” posted an in depth review of the Clearwater game from July 6th he attended, and I think it warrants its own post. For future reference, if you attend a game and would like to contribute a writeup, I would love to add it as its own post, and I’m actually going to create a section of the site here for reader submissions and things of that sort. Note, I’m only interested in reports that contain observations on prospects/players, not how much fun you had, if the hot dogs were good, etc etc. If you have a game report you want to share, send them to me via email…phuturephillies at gmail dot com. In the meantime, check below for a report from Clearwater, featuring Jarred Cosart.
Recap: The past two week period overlapped the FSL All-Star break. During the stretch, the Threshers went 2-8, ultimately ending the first half at 39-30, 7 ½ games behind Daytona in the FSL North. They are 1-3 in the early portion of the second half. A few roster moves over the past fourteen days, most notably Leandro Castro and Tyson Gillies landing on the DL (Castro had been running with a noticeable limp just prior to being DL’ed, Gillies has a foot problem) and the addition of Marek Minarik and Matt Way to the official roster (even though both are DL’ed). Continue reading
Recap: The Threshers went 6-6 over the past two weeks, including losing the first two versus the division-leading Daytona Cubs this weekend. Clearwater is now 38-25 and sits six games behind Daytona in the FSL North as the first half winds down. The magic number for Daytona to eliminate Clearwater from the first half title chase is now two.
Slightly different format this week: as the daily box scores are posted and Gregg compiles his ‘Hot or Not’ lists that summarize weekly stats, I’m moving towards just throwing the stats up, then trying my hand at some commentary on topics that don’t bubble to the surface via these other posts. I’m starting this week with some declining walk rates among Clearwater hitters and a tip of the cap to the Threshers bullpen. Feel free to leave any yays or nays to this format in the comments. On to the numbers: Continue reading