Clearwater Threshers April Wrap-Up

The Clearwater Threshers have gotten off to the team’s best start in their fourth year of existence. The team owns the Florida State League’s best record at 16-8 and they have won 8 of their last 10 games.

It has been a solid team showing lead by a very strong effort from the pitching staff. As a team they own the league’s lowest ERA at 2.39, rank second in Ks with 186 in 211.0 innings pitched. They own a division best 4 shutouts, and WHIP (1.13), but also have a league high hit batters (16) and rank second in walks (93).

THE STARTING ROTATION:

Pat OverholtTheir starting rotation has been lead by #1 starter Pat Overholt who owns a very impressive 1.80 ERA with a 3-2 recordand he leads the team in Ks (21)and innings pitched (30.0). Pat was named Phillies minor league pitcher of the week for the week April 16-22 giving up just one run in two starts.

Josh OutmanJosh Outman has held down the #2 spot in the starting rotation and after one rough outing in his first game where he came in from the bullpen (giving up 7 runs in 2.1 innings) he has been very solid in his four starts lowering his ERA to 3.55. In his four starts he has only given up four runs in 17.0 innings of work, but he leads the team in walks (15) and WHIP (1.58).

At #3 in the rotation Carlos Carrasco owns a 4.00 ERA with a 2-1 record in five starts this year. Carrasco looked solid in his most recent outing going 7.0 innings on Sunday April 30th giving up no runs on three hits Dan Brauer has been impressive in the #4 spot with a 2.16 ERA and a 3-1 record in 5 starts. He won the year’s first Phillies minor league pitcher of the week honor going 11 innings in his first two starts with an 0.82 ERA and 12 Ks. Brauer closed out the month going 6.0 innings with only one hit in a Threshers 5-0 win on April 30th. Finally, closing out the rotation in the fifth spot, is Andrew Carpenter with a 2.28 ERA and 2-1 record in three starts with 15 Ks in 23.2 innings of work.

THE BULLPEN:

As strong as the starting rotation has been the bullpen has done equally well. Journeyman pitcher Charlie Weatherby leads in innings (13.0) 16 Ks and just two walks giving up one run on nine hits with an 0.69 ERA. Will Savage still owns an 0.00 ERA in 12.0 innings of work with 10 Ks and 4 BB. Zac Stott has a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 innings of work with one 4.0 inning start in a seven inning game as part of a double header.

Derek Griffith who had an 0.00 ERA, but 10 BBs and 2 HB vs 10 Ks was cut from the team (4/20/07) after loading the bases in the bottom of the 20th inning before closer Mike Zagurski came in to get the Threshers a win. Griffith was replaced on the roster by Allen Davis who had started the year on the DL. Davis has managed a 1.25 ERA in 7.1 innings of work with one save in three appearances since coming onto the roster.

CLOSERS:

Brett Harker and Mike Zagurski have split the closing duties for the team this year. Harker has three saves in 9.2 innings of work in eight apperances while Zagurski has two saves wih a 1.74 ERA with 10.2 innings of work in seven games. Zagurski’s most notable appearance was when he got the team out of a 20th inning bases loaded jam striking out the only two batters he faced to preserve a 4-1 Threshers win.

THE OFFENSE:

The offensive game for the Threshers has been lead by Greg Golson and Jeremy Slayden. Golson leads the team in BA (.308), extra-base hits (13), and stolen bases (8), but has struggled with plate discipline (no new story here) striking out a team high 37 times in 104 AB with just four walks. Slayden has a team best 4 home runs and 20 RBIs in 87 at bats, and leads in walks with 16 with a .299 BA.

Clay Harris got off to a slow start for the team, but ranks second in RBIs (15), and has raised his BA to .214 after hitting well under .200 for the first two weeks of play. Mike Spidale who lead the SAL in batting average has gotten off to a slow start at well (.205 BA), but is tied with Welinson Baez for RBIs with 10 behind Slayden (20) Harris (15) and Golson (12) Brad Harman, (11).

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3 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers April Wrap-Up

  1. so with Golson tearing it up besides the strikeouts do you see him getting bumped up to reading at some point? And also have you been impressed by him this year or are you still skeptical?

  2. I won’t speak for Jeff, but I’m still very skeptical of Golson and his “breakout” so far. Walk rate is a big indicator of future success, not the be all end all, but a very important peripheral indicator. I’d like to see his play over the next month or so to see where he goes from here.

  3. I can certainly see Golson moving to Reading before this season ends, most likely after the FSL All-Star Break. I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t make the All-Star team based on his performance so far.

    Whether this is a breakout season or not…I agree with the previous post that he NEEDS to be more disciplined at the plate. He’s a great athelete, but without more discipline major league pitchers will have their way against him IMO.

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