The Clearwater Threshers have remained solid in the Florida State League battling with a strong Sarasota Reds team to a tie for first place in their division at 21-11 after five weeks of play. Strong pitching continues to be the dominate factor in the Threshers success as they continue to own the league’s best team ERA at 2.92.
This week consisted of three games versus the Sarasota Reds with the Reds getting the series victory two games to one, and then in a four game series versus the Eastern Division’s best team the Brevard County Manatees (Brewers) the Threshers grabbed three of four losing the series finale on Tuesday night in the team’s only double digit loss of the year 14-4. I’ll throw in as bonus an eighth game played on Wednesday afternoon (since it was final at the time of this write-up) where the team downed the FSL’s newest addition, the Vero Beach Devil Rays, 3-1 behind eight strong innings from Carlos Carrasco with closer Mike Zagurski fanning all three batters he faced in the ninth to secure the win.
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Reading closed out week five slipping to 15-16 and losing ground to front running Akron, slipping to 2.5 games behind in the Southern division. Hitting leaders for the Phils include Jesus Merchan, 2nd in the lague in batting average hitting .390 and Javon Moran who is 10th at .325. Moran also leads the league in runs scored with 29, stolen bases with 14, and hits with 38. Joey Hammond is 4th in the league with 21 runs scored. Jason Hill is 4th in the league with 9 doubles. Mike Costanzo is 4th in the league with 5 homers and 9th in RBI’s with 17. Costanzo also leads the league in strikeouts with 45. Juan Tejada is 4th in the league with 21 RBI’s. Pitching leaders include Anderson Garcia tied for the league lead with 6 saves and Kyle Kendrick who continues to lead the league in Innings Pitched with 39. Tim McClaskey is 2nd in the league in homeruns allowed with five, and Matt Maloney is just behind him in 3rd place, having given up 4 homeruns.
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The hottest Phillie in the minors right now, I felt it was time to give Jason Donald some face time. It’s tougher to write player profiles for guys just drafted last June, especially if they aren’t heralded prospects, which is the case for Donald. Nevertheless, his hot start won’t be ignored by this author, and we’ll try to figure out what to expect going forward. At this point, I’ll also take requests for the next batch of player profiles, but I don’t know when I’ll get to them, as I’m still busy tweaking and adjusting my projection/evaluation system. But, post away, let me know what you think of this profile, and let me know which players you’d like to see profiled in the near future.
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