Threshers; May 10, 2014

Highlights and lowlights from the Threshers’ game Saturday night.

Dunedin’s #6 prospect (per BA), Daniel Norris, took the mound.  The left hander took the mound with a 3-0 record in 6 starts and a 0.63 ERA and 38 Ks in 28.2 innings.  He had only given up 2 earned runs this season, both against the Threshers.  The Threshers loaded the line up with 8 right-handed batters.  The righties went 2 for 16 with a BB.  The lone lefty in the line up, Pete Lavin, collected 2 singles in 3 AB.  Norris left the game after pitching 4.2 innings and runners on first and second.  The reliever allowed an inherited runner to score when Darin Ruf greeted him with an RBI single, his only hit of the night.

Ethan Stewart had a rough outing. He was inconsistent walking 4 batters and throwing 2 wild pitches.  He never got into a rhythm and was high with a lot of his pitches.  His first wild pitch was up and away.  Gabriel Lino never had a chance to catch it.

Lino drove a long home run to left to tally the Threshers’ second run, his second of the season.

Pete Lavin crushed a ball deep into the right field berm to score the third and final run.  It was his 5th and came off the Jays’ closer, Arik Sikula.  He came into the game with a 0.71 ERA, 10 saves in 11 opportunities, and 19 Ks in 12 innings.

The relief corps had a rough night.   Lino Martinez allowed his 2 inherited runners to score. Kevin Walter allowed 2 runs, 1 unearned.  And Dan Child was activated off the DL to give up an unearned run.

Pete Lavin went 4-5 with 3 singles and 2 stolen bases in addition to his home run.  I got into a discussion with a Phillies staffer Friday night who was down to observe Ruf.  I suggested that Lavin was ready to move up to Reading.  He didn’t believe Lavin was ready and felt that Aaron Altherr was blocking him.  I countered with Lavin’s ability to play all three outfield positions and the 2 cold bodies currently holding down 2 of the 4 Reading outfield positions.  We agreed to a draw on the discussion, but I hadn’t played my “he’s 26 in the FSL” card.

No games tomorrow, Mother’s Day.


4 thoughts on “Threshers; May 10, 2014

    1. If I would move anyone up to Lehigh in the Reading outfield, I would pick Kelly Dugan. Because Dugan has like 260 AB’s in Reading. But, I think that he still needs more time. Maybe double jump with Lavin and move him up to Lehigh?

  1. Dugan is hurt and only has like 50 PAs this year, and Altherr just started in AA. Leave those guys be. Lavin might be able to handle AA but he’s 26 and in his 3rd year in Clearwater so there’s no reason to bump anybody up a level just to accommodate him. Perkins also doesn’t have a lot of AA experience and he’s coming back to earth after his scorching start, so I don’t see a reason to move him up yet either.

    Anyway, thanks for the report, Jim. They’ve been a great addition to the site this year.

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