Clearwater Threshers Report (8/7/11)

Recap:  It’s been a while since I last managed to cobble one of these together, so this report will cover all of July and the first week of August.  The Threshers have gone 19-15 over that stretch, and currently sit 1 game behind the division-leading Tampa Yankees at 22-20.  Including the first half, Clearwater is 61-50, the second-best mark in the FSL.  In personnel moves since the last update, David Buchanon was promoted from Lakewood, Tyson Gillies and Leandro Castro still haven’t played, and Jarred Cosart and Jonathan Singleton have moved on.


  • Darrin Ruf:  45-117 (.385), 11 2B, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 21 K / 17 BB
  • Sebastian Valle:  26-103 (.252), 6 2B, 2 HR, 14 RBI, 23 K / 7 BB
  • Jiwan James:  40-124 (.323), 11 2B, 3B, 12 RBI, 25 K / 12 BB, 6 SB / 7 CS
  • Jeremy Barnes:  27-110 (.245), 8 2B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 26 K / 8 BB
  • Travis Mattair:   15-54 (.278), 3 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 12 K / 6 BB, 3 SB / 0 CS
  • Cesar Hernandez:  27-109 (.248), 2 2B, 3B, HR, 10 RBI, 22 K / 6 BB, 8 SB / 2 CS

League Leaders:  Only two Threshers currently rank among the FSL leaders in any hitting categories.  Jiwan James—5th in AB, 6th in runs, 6th in hits, T-8th in 3B, 7th in strikeouts, T-9th in steals, and 2nd in caught stealing.  Darrin Ruf—2nd in hits, T-1st in doubles, T-5th in RBI, 3rd in total bases, 6th in OBP, 4th in slugging, 2nd in average, 3rd in OPS


  • Jonathan Pettibone:  1-4, 3.42, 7 GS, 44.2 IP, 42 H, 17 ER, HR, 33 K / 9 BB
  • Julio Rodriguez:  7-0, 2.38, 7 GS, 41.2 IP, 27 H, 11 ER, 5 HR, 45 K / 12 BB
  • Trevor May:  3-2, 3.92, 7 GS, 41.1 IP, 38 H, 18 ER, 2 HR, 61 K / 14 BB
  • Brody Colvin:  1-3, 3.62, 6 GS, 32.1 IP, 32 H, 13 ER, HR, 24 K / 13 BB
  • David Buchanon:  1-0, 3.00, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 2 K / 2 BB

League Leaders:  Lots of Threshers pitchers among the FSL leaders.

  • Wins:  Rodriguez (1), May (T-10), Pettibone (T-10)
  • Losses:  Pettibone (T-8)
  • ERA:  Pettibone (5), Rodriguez (6), May (9)
  • IP:  Pettibone (1), Rodriguez (6), May (7)
  • Home Runs Allowed:  Rodriguez (4)
  • Hits Allowed:  Pettibone (6)
  • Walks:  May (4), Rodriguez (6)
  • Strikeouts:  May (1), Rodriguez (2), Pettibone (9)
  • WHIP:  Rodriguez (3), Pettibone (6), May (9)
  • Hit Batters:  Rodriguez (3), Colvin (8)
  • Appearances:  Whatcott (T-10)

26 thoughts on “Clearwater Threshers Report (8/7/11)

  1. I’m assuming Darin Ruf is too old for this league to get excited about? Does he play any positions other than 1B? Where do we see him playing next year? And what does his upside project to?

    1. I was actually working on a longer piece addressing exactly these questions, but time and other commitments got in the way. He’s played a little OF and they’ve used him at 3B for a few innings, but he’s really a 1B. No reason to think he doesn’t go to Reading next year. Sure, he’s too old, but he keeps hitting. His upside is probably where he’s already at.

      1. Thanks for the info, albeit not what I was hoping to hear. I’m a little surprised he hasn’t been moved up to AA already but maybe not enough AB’s with Rizzotti there…

    2. I can get a bit excited about Ruf. His hitting numbers in a pitcher’s league are wonderful. He is adequate at first base, which seems to be his only position. He will be in Reading next year where , I assume, he’ll demonstrate awesome power for half a season and get a chance in LHV. Yes, he is 25 years old. I can get excited though. He has a chance to be a major leaguer, maybe with a mid-level team. Probably not with the Phillies.

  2. Steve Noworyta on Tyson Gillies:
    “It’s already the first week of August and now we’re saying the end of the month,” said Steve Noworyta, the Phillies’ assistant director of minor league operations. “You really can’t show much at that point. Somewhere along the line, he has to show us what he’s got.”

      1. Hard to guage inflection of words in print format. You can, however sense frustration on the part of the phiily minor league guys.

      2. It means they’ve had enough of him sitting and watching and he better be out there before the end of the season. Join the club.

  3. Having missed a report puts enough of the mid-late season together to get an interesting picture. Valle has really cooled off since the early going. The hitting numbers for this period of time just aren’t very good at all.

    1. That’s usually what happens when you never walk and have a lot of BABIP luck early on. He’s still had a very nice season but he was due for a regression at some point.

    1. Agree—they can bump him up in June/July 2012 if he progresses more then what he has shown thus far in 2011.

    1. His performance in AA next year will be very interesting, can’t wait. If he does well, he has to be considered a prospect at that point.

      Not that it matters, but will be an interesting decision between Schwimer and JRod for the Paul Owens award.

      1. Top 10 prospect for the Phils. No doubt. Kid won’t turn 21 til the end of this month and will certainly start next season for Reading. He’ll be challenged there, but you can’t argue with his results. Critizism of his fastball is unwarranted. He still has opportunity to add 2-3 mph given his age, and he’s already shown an ability to get guys out. Can;t wait to see him 2012 season, and I fully expect him to be overlooked in our off-season poll

        1. I was all about J-rod last year, but i haven’t seen one positive report about his velocity this year. Seems like its always high 80s at best. He’s got the kind of frame where he could hopefully add velocity, but shouldn’t he at least be flashing it by this point? I haven’t given up on him by a longshot, but I am less bullish.

          1. I read somewhere that he has an above average cutter which has been getting batters out. Trevor May was even talking about it. Trying to find the article. It was about a week ago.

  4. when you consider that colvin is pitching in the FSL, which is supposedly tougher for hitters, it makes the year he his having that much more dissapointing

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