2017 Clearwater Threshers

The Clearwater Threshers have announced their opening day roster.  I received the following in their press release.

The Clearwater Threshers opening day roster for the 2017 Florida State League season includes 12 players who have previously appeared in a Threshers uniform, as well as 13 newcomers. The opening day roster has 13 pitchers, two catchers, six infielders, and four outfielders. 

Pitchers (13): Right-handers Tommy Bergjans, Seranthony Dominguez, Edgar Garcia, Franklyn Kilome, Luke Leftwich, Blake Quinn, Jose Taveras, Alberto Tirado, and Jacob Waguespack, and left-handers Austin Davis, Tyler Gilbert, Cole Irvin, and Jeff Singer.

Catchers (2): Austin Bossart and Deivi Grullon

Infielders (6): Grenny Cumana, Wilson Garcia, Jan Hernandez, Emmanuel Marrero, Drew Stankiewicz, and Damek Tomscha

Outfielders (4): Zach Coppola, Mark Laird, Jose Pujols, and Cornelius Randolph

Clearwater’s roster features four of the Phillies top-30 prospects, as ranked by Baseball America, in Franklyn Kilome (7), Cornelius Randolph (15), Jose Taveras (21), and Alberto Tirado (26).

 

16 thoughts on “2017 Clearwater Threshers

  1. I’m guessing
    Laird or Coppola CF
    Cumana 2B
    Randolph LF
    Pujols RF
    Tomscha 1B/DH
    Garcia DH/1B
    Hernandez 3B
    Grullon C
    Marrero SS

    1. I’m guessing the rotation will be
      Kilome
      Tirado
      Dominguez
      Tavernas
      Leftwich
      Irvin

      With Gilbert and Bergjans in the pen with the relievers. Closer? Quinn, Garcia or Singer.

  2. I like the pitching here. Kilome can be an ace. Tavares can be very good. With Tirado we’ll see if he’s anything more than an A ball all star. We’ll see how good Irvin is. Leftwich and Gilbert are ready to show what they have. Dominguez and Edgar Garcia have pitchability and we’ll get to see how far their ready to go. If everything breaks right, we’ll be arguing about top 30 placement next year. If there is a lot of failure, we’ll be talking about the upper level guys and the lower level guys. This is an important year for some of these guys. Plaaaayyyyy Ball.

  3. Some nice starting pitching, but wow that is not a very good infield. Might have to scroll straight down to the pitching line in box scores and then come back up and see what C did.

    1. Jan Hernandez, now 22-years old has to step up in that infield and also step for himself. A third round pick in ’13. who came out of PR with some high plaudits
      He could end up following in the same career path as Harold Martinez and Travis Mattair.

    2. When I looked at the roster, I thought the same thing. Then I looked at Murray’s lineup above. I said, “That doesn’t look so bad.” There are a lot of holes or should I say question marks. Will Cumana be able to see over the water cooler? Are Laird and Coppola really the same player? Will Hernandez be the guy the Phils thought he’d be when they drafted him? Will Randolph show why he was a #1 draft pick? Who is this Marrero kid and why should I care about him? Is Tomscha the next Stassi? Is Pujols for real or is he Memorex? A lot of question marks but if some do the job, this could be an exciting team. It could also look like a cow in quicksand. But that’s why they play the games. Watch and see.

  4. Herlis Rodriguez What kind of prospect do you think he is? I never looked at him before but has had some good years. and last year not a lot of at bats. but more power, anyone see him play?

  5. This is definitely the most “average” group of our top four farm teams. There’s some star power on the pitching side, but the hitting group is pretty “meh” outside of Randolph and Pujols.

  6. After a slow start last year, Kilome’s final month in Lakewood was dominant. He supposedly had a great Spring as well. His ceiling is higher than any current AA or AAA pitcher. Here’s hoping the light is on and stays on.

    1. He shoves when the weather is warm. I look for him to be strong right out of the gate. Make or break year for Gruillon. He sure hasn’t remodeled his physique over the years,

  7. Anyone else surprised that C Randolph didn’t start the season at Lakewood? I figured with some struggles last year and a lot of missed time, he’d repeat LW at the beginning. Hope the push forward works well for him

    1. Batting .274 with a .355 OBP shouldn’t cause a player to have to repeat a level, unless there is a bunch of great talent in front of him. There was no reason to hold him back in Lakewood.

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