Weekly Threshers Notes

The Clearwater Threshers got the past week off to a rough start when they were held to just one run in their series final against the Dunedin Bluejays, but finished the week on a high note by picking up a 9-3 win over the Daytona Cubs and giving Zack Segovia his first win of the season. Sandwiched in between were to more wins and three more losses to give the team a 3-4 record on the week moving the team’s overall record to 18-27 on the year securing their place firmly at the bottom of the FSL Western Division standings.

The team ERA for the week was 4.15, and for the year it stands at 4.16 which is the second highest team ERA in the league. The hitters were .231 at the plate for the week giving them a .256 average for the year which is 7th in the league of twelve teams.

Adrian Cardenas, Gus Milner and Matt Spencer, continue to be the team’s offensive leaders while both Jay Miller(.305) and PJ Antoniato(.285) have been strong in their limited playing time. Miller is the team’s fourth outfielder getting time only when another player is off, while Antoniato has seen his regular playing time come to an end with the return of Adrian Cardenas to the lineup.

Cardenas returned to the lineup last week from the DL and came out on fire. He came back down to earth a bit this week going 7-26 at the plate (.269) but still maintains the team’s best batting average at .333 on the season. Gus Milner (.296) leads the team in SLG (.450), RBI (68), Runs (26), Doubles (10) and Triples (4). Quintin Berry (“Q”) has been the team’s only real base stealing threat and leads in that category with 14 swipes while having been caught just four times. Berry has hit just .229 from the leadoff spot this year, but does lead the team in walks, so he has given the team a few more opportunities there.

For the pitchers Edgar Garcia remains the only active starter with more than one win, and leads the team with five on the year. This past week he threw two solid games giving up six runs on thirteen hits with thirteen Ks and only three walks in fourteen total innings, but got a no decision in each case with the Threshers losing in the end both times.

Zack Segovia had two outings on the week and as previously mentioned he picked up a win in the game on Tuesday night, his first of the season. Overall he threw 12.1 innings in the two games giving up five runs on twelve hits with eight strikeouts and three walks to give him an ERA of 2.92 on the year. Joe Savery had a really tough outing in his one trip to the hill this week, by far his worst of the season. He has really struggled with his command lately. He is scheduled to take the mound for the team tonight, so let’s hope that he pulls it together this evening in the team’s series finale with the Daytona Cubs.

Tyson Brummett gave another solid effort in his one opportunity this week, but remains winless on the season in three attempts. He has an ERA of 3.32 with 12Ks and 4BB in 19.0 innings in those three games. Dan Brauerhas continued to struggle, and his one outing this week was no exception. After a promising start last year he spent most of 2007 on the DL with an undisclosed ailment. He began the 2008 campaign out of the bullpen, but has started his last four appearances. Unfortunately Dan has been unable to recapture that magic he had at the beginning of the 2007 campaign and his ERA has grown to a team high 8.06.

From the bullpen Sam Walls continues to have a strong year leading the team with a 1.14 ERA holding opposing hitters to a .143 average against him, and was named the Phillies minor league player of the week today for the week of 5/11-18/08. Sam has shared closing duties this season with Brian Schlitter, and the two are tied for the saves lead with five each. Brian’s ERA stands at 2.81 on the year, but in his last outing he had a blown save as the Cubs rallied from three down in the bottom of the eight inning on Monday night to top the Threshers 4-3.

Brett Harker got his first and only outing of the week in the team’s win on Tuesday night throwing 2.1 solid innings of relief. His ERA for the year is a low 1.31 and he has a record of 3-1 on the year out of the pen.

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7 thoughts on “Weekly Threshers Notes

  1. Read where minor league pitching coordinator Gorman Heimueller is headed to Clearwater for Savory’s next start. Maybe he can help Joe. If he does not have plus velocity then he needs to study Jamie Moyer and work on his command and control .

  2. I think the ship has sailed on Segovia. I think his best case scenario is a Clay Condrey type career. Which I guess is better than toiling in A ball for the rest of his pro career. A shame too, because he was a very good prospect before the injuries.

  3. I’m a little perplexed as to why Edgar Garcia doesn’t get more love. He’s still just 20, and doing quite well in high-A (in a pitcher’s league, but still). The concerns about him were work ethic and strikeout rate. I can’t speak to the former, but the K rate is fine (49 in 56.1 IP), better than last year in fact. His G/F ratio is pretty bad–0.75–but that’s the only downside I see at the moment.

  4. I’m a big Garcia guy. KG highlighted it in the Q/A a few weeks ago that his biggest problem is consistency. Hes still young enough, so Im not worried there.

  5. I just update the article to include info that Sam Walls was named today as the Phillies minor league player of the week for the week of 5/11-18/08. Congrats Sam! He joins Adrian Cardenas and Antonio Bastardo as Threshers who have recieved that honor this season.

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