Clearwater Threshers Report (4/18-4/24)

Recap:  The Threshers went 3 and 3 on the week before taking Easter Sunday off.  They currently sit in second place in the FSL North, two games behind the Daytona Cubs.  Given the daily posting of boxscores here, I won’t rehash game-by-game highlights, but two excellent starts by Jon Pettibone bookended the week, the other outings by the heralded starting staff ranged from pretty decent (Julio Rodriguez) to pretty poor (Trevor May) and the offense got back (when he wasn’t getting himself tossed from games for arguing third strikes).  On to the stats:


  • Leandro Castro:  4 for 20 (.200), 3B, RBI, 5 K, 0 BB, 2 SB
  • Cesar Hernandez:  3 for 9 (.333), 2B, 2 RBI, K, BB
  • Jiwan James:  3 for 13 (.231), 2B, 4 K, 0 BB
  • Travis Mattair:  4 for 18 (.222), 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 K, 4 BB, E
  • Joe Savery:  6 for 20 (.300), 2 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 K, 0 BB, E
  • Jonathan Singleton:  5 for 18 (.278), 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 5 K, 2 BB, E
  • Sebastian Valle:  3 for 10 (.300), K, 50% CS rate (1 of 2)

NOTES:  Singleton was ejected by the home plate umpire in the 8th inning of Thursday’s game after being called out on strikes…the list of Threshers in the FSL Top 5 in offensive categories pretty much starts and stops with Joe Savery—first in hits, average, and OPS, second in OBP and SLG, third in total bases, and tied for fifth in doubles.  Travis Mattair is third in the FSL in RBI…the Threshers as a team are not among the top three in the FSL in any category other than triples.


  • Tyler Cloyd:  6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB, 7 GO, 4 FO
  • Jarred Cosart:  5.1 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 9 K, 2 BB, 1 HR, 5 GO, 3 FO
  • Jordan Ellis:  3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 8 K, 0 BB, 2 GO, 0 FO
  • Derrick Loop (by special request):  1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB, 2 GO, 0 FO
  • Ebelin Lugo:  3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 4 K, 1 BB, 1 HR, 2 GO, 3 FO
  • Trevor May:  4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 3 K, 3 BB, HR, 5 GO, 1 FO
  • Jonathan Pettibone:  13 IP, 9 H, 0 ER, 10 K, 1 BB, 12 GO, 10 FO
  • Julio Rodriguez:  5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 5 K, 2 BB, 1 GO, 7 FO

NOTES:  Pettibone has now allowed just a single earned run through four starts, pitching to a 0.38 ERA and 0.79 WHIP with an 18/2 K/BB ratio…ranks among the FSL pitching leaders:  Pettibone—third in ERA, second in IP, third in WHIP; Cosart—tied for third in walks; May—tied for third in walks; Rodriguez—tied for third in walks; Justin Friend—tied for first in saves…as a team, Clearwater leads the FSL in WHIP (1.13).

20 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Report (4/18-4/24)

  1. intriguing about Cosart’s walk levels…wonder what his velo reads have been and perhaps he’s just getting back into the swing of things after not pitching competitively since last June…Hopefully he returns to the pristine control he earlier displayed

    1. I’m sure that total walk total was just a quirky stat added for discussion. Cosart has the same 8 walks as May and Rodriguez, but his BB/9 is only 3.2. May and Rodriguez BB/9 are both over 5. Rodriguez is walking guys at the same rate as May, but is not giving up any hits. A 5.3 BB/9, but only 1.09 WHIP. May has a WHIP over 1.70.

      1. Was just doing a league leaders listing because people here seem to like it–I think Cosart’s a start ahead of both May and J-Rod already.

        1. You’re right as he was opening day starter, any reports on his velocity? And Clearwater is more of a hitter’s park correct?

  2. Why not post Loop’s career numbers in Clearwater.. then open up a discussion about whether or not he belongs in A ball….. By “special request” of course….

  3. OK, Here are his stats……..–001der

    Nice Stats and 27 in A+ Ball.

    However, there is also something called Talent Evaluation.
    What gets an A+ hitter out is not what gets an AA or AAA hitter out.
    He has been around multiple organizations and nobody has seen fit to move him up.

    Find some Scouts praising this guy, and we may have a discussion.
    Otherwise it’s just a relatively old pitcher with good enough stuff to get our A ball guys.

    1. Completely agree with your statement about Talent Evaluation.. Thanks for the link and the time to respond to my initial comment. I’m not TRYING to ruffle any feathers here.. just new at following Phillies farm kids…

    2. Just curious… are you suppose to get AA and AAA batters out when you don’t get the opportunity? You can only pitch to who you are allowed to face, and if the stats don’t prove anything, what else do you have to do? Don’t forget, Loop was called up the to AAA the last game of the year last year. He pitched 3 innings, struck out 4, picked off a guy at first base and only gave up one hit. He also got the win. He was given an opportunity and he kicked ass. Just saying.

  4. I’m wondering why Friend is even in Clearwater to begin with, unless it was just a numbers crunch in Reading (I guess Brummett has decided to not suck in AA for the time being). He pitched pretty decent in AA last year, hopefully he’s up with Reading sooner than later.

    1. They did the same thing to Brummett last year. He’s been lights out this year though, even a short stint in AAA. What do you think the plans are with him.

      1. Lights out? A 25 year old pitcher with an ERA over 4 and k/9 under 6 in AA, was lights out?
        What plans should they have for him.

  5. I do believe he’s 26 and has only given up one run this year in 4 or 5 appearances including 3 scoreless innings at triple A. Check your stats again mine say 0.87 ERA in 10 ip 11 hits 1 earned run 7 Ks and 6 BBs. Not to shabby for the first few weeks of the season.

    1. With some luck, Loop could develop into the next RJ Swindle. I mean, save for being the same age as Swindle and all.

  6. new pitching coach at Clearwater for the guys that came from Lakewood. He prefer to pitch to contact so some number as skewed…JMO

    On Cosart if you have watched some games or listened seems like umps have ha some small strike zones and bats/bad luck don’t help.

    Pettibone is looking great….

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