2018 Clearwater Threshers’ Season Recap

The Clearwater Threshers are the Philadelphia Phillies affiliate in the Florida State League.  They are the High-A level in the Phillies minor league system.  To some,they represent the halfway point in player development with AA Reading and AAA Lehigh Valley above and full-season A and the short season/rookie leagues below.

The Florida State League is located in central and southern Florida.  It is comprised of 12 teams in 2 divisions and includes representatives from 12 major league organizations.

North Division – Atlanta (Florida Fire Frogs), Cincinnati (Daytona Tortugas), Detroit (Lakeland Flying Tigers), Philadelphia (Clearwater Threshers), New York Yankees (Tampa Tarpons), and Toronto (Dunedin Blue Jays).

South Division – Miami (Jupiter Hammerheads), Minnesota (Fort Myers Miracle), New York Mets (St. Lucie Mets), Pittsburgh (Bradenton Marauders), St. Louis (Palm Beach Cardinals), and Tampa Bay (Charlotte Stone Crabs).

The Threshers are led by second-year manager, Shawn Williams.  His staff includes hitting coach John Mizerock, first base coach Ruben Gotay, and pitching coach Aaron Fultz, who is also serving in the same capacity in the Arizona Fall League.

The Threshers had a very successful season.  They won the second half, posted the best overall record for the season, and played in the post-season.  However, 17 games into the regular season, none of these accomplishments seemed possible.

On April 22nd, the Threshers walked off the field after dropping the final game of a 3-game series to the Tampa Tarpons.  It was the third consecutive series in which they had lost 2 of 3 games.  This came after opening the season with a pair of 4-game series in which they won just one game.  They had an 8-game losing streak in their first 10 games, and were sporting a 4-13 record.

Their play became more consistent and they finished the first half winning 28 of 51 games,  posting a 32-36 record, a fourth place finish, six games behind the first-place Daytona Tortugas.

The Threshers opened the second half with a 6-game winning streak.  But, a 3-game losing streak that ended on July 14th saw their record drop to 11-11.  Then, just like in the first half, the Threshers went on a roll and won 34 of their next 47 games.  They posted a 45-24 record in the second half (.652), a league best overall record of 77-60 (.562), won the second half, finished 6.0 games ahead of the Lakeland Flying Tigers, and qualified for the post-season.

The Threshers won an exciting 7-6 game over Daytona in the first game of the best-of-three semifinal.  But, they continued to give up runs and lost the next 2 games, 6-5 and 5-3.

The Threshers had 4 players placed on the 2018 FSL All-Star roster as voted by the league’s coaches, official scorers, and broadcasters.. They were – LHP Bailey Falter, 1B Darick Hall, DH/1B Austin Listi, and SS Arquimedes Gamboa.

Falter went into the break ranking 5th with a 2.64 ERA, 5th with a .215 opponents’ batting average, and 3rd in WHIP at 0.95 . He was a two-time Pitcher of the Week and at the time of his selection, he had issued only 7 walks and not allowed a walk in his 3 previous outings.

Hall would miss the All Star game due to his promotion to AA Reading.  He left with a  league-leading 11 HR in 48 games. He was 3rd with 35 RBIs and 3rd with a .538 SLG.  He had .277 AVG and a .367 OBP.

Listi ranked among the top-10 in hitting throughout his tenure in Clearwater.  At the break, he had the 5th best batting average at .338, 2nd best OBP at .430, and was tied for 2nd with 13 doubles.

Gamboa was had a .257 AVG and .335 OBP.

Three days later RHP Sixto Sanchez was added to the All Star roster.  When he went on the DL left-handed, reliever Jakob Hernandez was added to the roster.

Falter was the second pitcher in the game and was awarded the win after one scoreless inning.  Hernandez earned a hold with a scoreless inning.  Listi went 2-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI.  And, Gamboa went 0-2 as the North All Stars won 5-0.

There are 28 players on the Threshers’ roster, but 61 different players saw action during the season – 25 position players and 36 pitchers.  Clearwater is the spring training home of the Phillies and their state-of-the-art facilities are used year-round to monitor the development and rehabilitation of players.  Rehab assignments are the major cause for the high number of game participants for the Threshers, but the proximity of extended spring training also allows for some roster juggling early in the season, especially with the pitching staff.

The strong showing in the second half was all the more remarkable when you consider that the best hitters were promoted during the season – Darick Hall on June 1st, Austin Listi on June 18th, Adam Haseley on July 10th, and finally Jose Pujols on August 3rd.  They combined for a slash of .305/.377/.500/.877 with 175 runs, 57 doubles, 10 triples, 43 HR, 176 RBI, 104 walks (8.7%), 262 K (21.9%), and 9 stolen bases in 13 attempts.  In addition, Pujols left leading the league in outfield assists and still managed to be tied for the honor at season’s end.

Pujols was the only Thresher selected for the 2018 FSL Postseason All Star Team and was also named the FSL Player of the Year as the top position player by the league’s field managers, official scorers, coaches, and broadcasters. Shawn Williams was also honored as a Coach of the Year.

Pujols slashed .301/.364/.523/.887 with 18 HR and 58 RBI. He was promoted to on August 3, but still finished 2nd in AVG, 2nd in SLG, and 4th with 18 HR.

Williams began his managing career with Williamsport in 2014.  He moved up to Lakewood in 2015 and took them to the SAL playoffs in 2016.  He stepped up to Clearwater in 2017.  In 5 seasons as a manager, Williams has produced a 324-305 record.  He was invited to manage the Phillies’ entrant in the 2017 Arizona Fall League.  Williams is the son of former American League Manager of the Year Jimy Williams.  His father is probably best remembered by Phillies fans as Charley Manuel’s bench coach in 2008.

The strength of the Threshers was their starting and relief pitching.  They began the season with a 6-man starting rotation that included Conner Seabold (who was lost to Reading on June 6th), Adonis Medina, McKenzie Mills (traded to Miami on August 10th for 1B Justin Bour), Alejandro Requena, Bailey Falter, and Mauricio Llovera.  Their bullpen included Felix Paulino (traded to the Chicago White Sox on August 22nd for LHP Luis Avilan), Aaron Brown (promoted to Reading on July 2nd), Blake Quinn (promoted to Reading on August 2nd), Ismael Cabrera, Jake Hernandez, Alexis Rivero (promoted to Reading on May 9th), and Jeff Singer (promoted to Reading on May 30th).

The Threshers lost a lot of players via promotions and trades.  But, they received a lot of help from Lakewood – 3B Jose Antequera, RF Kevin Markham, 2B Daniel Brito, 1B Quincy Nieporte, RHP Ramon Rosso, RHP Addison Russ, LHP David Parkinson, LHP Jonathan Hennigan, LHP Kyle Dohy, RHP Andrew Brown; Williamsport – 2B Brian Mims; and even the XST/rehab shuttle – LF Grenny Cumana, Alberto Tirado, RHP Grant Dyer, LHP Nick Fanti, RHP Will Hibbs, LHP Josh Tols, J.D. Hammer, and LHP Garrett Cleavinger.

Even more players passed through Clearwater with short visits on the roster or for rehab assignments.  Here are some of the many important players in Clearwater in 2018.

Starting Pitchers

Sixto Sanchez is the Phillies top prospect.  He had a disappointing season in that he suffered an elbow injury that put him on the shelf for most of the season.  A collarbone injury kept him from attending the Arizona Fall League.  However, I choose to believe that the organization decided to err on the side of safety with their top pitcher.  He is a 20-year-old, right-handed pitcher who is barely six-feet tall.  He doe have an athletic build.  He was signed as an international free agent on March 5, 2015 out of the Dominican Republic.  Before being shutdown, Sanchez put together a nice season.  He posted a 4-3 record with a 2.51 ERA in 8 starts.  He pitched 46.2 innings, walked 11 (2.1 BB/9), struck out 45 (8.7 K/9), and posted a 1.071 WHIP.  He earned an invite to the FSL All Star game but did not take part since he was on the disabled list.

Adonis Medina is a 21-year-old right-handed pitcher the Phillies signed as an international free agent on May 29, 2014 out of the Dominican Republic.  As one of the Phillies’ top prospects, he had a somewhat uneven season.  When he was “on”, he was one of the best pitchers in the league.  When he wasn’t, he posted 5-6 clunkers that had a big effect on his stat line.  He posted a 10-4 record with a 4.50 ERA in 21 starts.  In 11.1 innings, he walked 36 (2.9 BB/9), struck out 123 (9.9 K/9), and had a WHIP of 1.249).  Medina was Pitcher of the Week twice and pitched in the 2018 Futures Game.

Connor Seabold is 22-year-old, right-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Cal State Fullerton.  He finished the season with Reading, but while with the Threshers, he posted a 4-4 record and 3.77 ERA in 71.2 innings.  He walked 14 (1.8 BB/9), struck out 68 (8.5 K/9), had a 0.991 WHIP, and was selected Pitcher of the Week once.

Bailey Falter is a 21-year old, left-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2015 Amateur Draft out of Chino Hills HS (CA).  He posted an 8-4 record with a 2.69 ERA in 17 starts.  In 93.2 innings, he walked 15 (1.4 BB/9), struck out 83 (8.0 K/9), and had a WHIP of 1.089.  He missed 4-5 starts when he went on the DL for a month with a shoulder injury.  He augments his low 90s fastball with a hard-to-hit curve ball and a change up.  He worked on a cutter and a slider during the season.  He has great control, 9 of his 15 walks came in three games.  He got hosed by reversed decisions on ER that occurred days after the games were completed on two occasions that added 3 ER to his stat line.  He was a Mid-Season All Star and twice won Pitcher of the Week.

Alejandro Requena is a 21-year-old, right-handed pitcher signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela on September 5, 2013.  The Phillies acquired him as part of the Pat Neshek trade from Colorado on July 26. 2017 along with RHP J.D. Hammer and SS Jose Gomez.  In his first full season with the organization, he posted a 4-4 record with a 3.60 ERA in 12 starts.  In 65.0 innings, he walked 23 (3.2 BB/9), struck out 60 (8.3 K/9), and had a WHIP of 1.200.  He lost about 10 weeks on the DL from April 18th thru  June 27th.

Ramon Rosso is a 22-year-old, right-handed pitcher signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on July 2, 2015 by the Dodgers.  After his release in 2016, the Phillies spotted him and signed him as a free agent on June 2, 2017.  He has moved quickly through the system – DSL, GCL, and Williamsport in 2017; Lakewood and Clearwater in 2018.  He went 6-2 with a 2.91 in 10 starts for the Threshers.  In 55.2 innings, he walked 20 (3.2 BB/9), struck out 58 (9.4 K/9), and had a 1.240 WHIP.  He reminds me of Jose Taveras but with a little more velocity on his fastball.  He was a Mid-Season All Star while with Lakewood.

David Parkinson is a 22-year-old, left-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 12th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Mississippi.  He posted a 3-0 record and 1.24 ERA in just 4 starts.  In 29.0 innings, he walked 9 (2.8 BB.9)and struck out 26 (8.1 K/9) with a 0.897 WHIP.  He announced himself to the FSL with 7-innings of 2-hit ball following a 2-inning rehab start by Jerad Eickhoff.  He got the combined shutout win walking two and striking out seven.  He was twice selected Pitcher of the Week while with Lakewood, and was named the 2018 Paul Owens Award winner as the organization’s top minor league pitcher.  He posted a combined 11-1 record and 1.45 ERA in 21 starts.  In 124.1 innings, he walked 35 (2.5 BB/9) and struck out 141 (10.2 K/9) while posting a 1.013 WHIP.

Mauricio Llovera is 22-year-old, right-handed pitcher the Phillies signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela on February 12, 2015.  He has long been touted as a future reliever, and 20 of his 30 appearances for Lakewood in 2017 came out of the bullpen.  However, he led the team in starts, innings pitched, and strike outs.  He posted an 8-7 record with a 3.72 ERA in 22 starts.  In 121 innings pitched, he walked 34 (2.5 BB/9), struck out 137 (10.2 K/9), and had a 1.107 WHIP.

Relief Pitchers

Jake Hernandez is a 22-year-old, left-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Texas-Arlington.  He posted a 3-3 record with a 2.80 ERA in 43 appearances.  In 70.2 innings, he walked 31 (3.9 BB/9), struck out 92 (11.7 K/9), and had a 1.302 WHIP.  He exhibited a devastating slow curve ball in his first season in 2017 (GCL).  He was asked to throw it with more velocity in 2018.  The idea was to close the gap between his curve and his fast ball to further confuse batters.  He succeeded.  He converted 5 of 8 save opportunities, and finished the season with a save, striking out the side in one inning of work.  He was a Mid-Season All Star.

Aaron Brown is a 26-year-old, left-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2014 Amateur Draft out of Pepperdine.  He was an out5fielder and pitcher in college, and the Phillies drafted him as an outfielder.  He displayed awesome range in centerfield with the Threshers in 2016, and reached Double-A Reading in 2017 when he was converted to pitcher.  He began the 2018 season with Clearwater, and showed a mid 90’s fastball.  He posted a 2-4 record with a 4.91 ERA in 28 appearances.  In 36.2 innings, he walked 17 (4.2 BB/9), struck out 41 (10.1 K/9), and had a 1.718 WHIP.  He finished the season with Reading.

Jonathan Hennigan is a 24-year-old, left-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round of the 2016 Amateur Draft out of Texas State.  He was promoted from Lakewood on July 19th, and posted a 1.53 ERA in 15 appearances.  In 17.2 innings, he walked 6 (3.1 BB/9) and struck out 14 (7.1 K/9) with a 1.302 WHIP.  He was invited to participate in the Arizona Fall League.

Grant Dyer is a 23-year-old, right-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 8th round of the 2016 Amateur Draft out of UCLA.  He missed the entire 2017 season, and  began the 2018 season on the DL.  He wasn’t activated until June 18th.  He posted a 1-1 record with a 4.78 ERA in 23 appearances.  In 32.0 innings, he walked 7 (2.0 BB/9) and struck out 25 (7.0 K/9) with a 1.438 WHIP.

Jeff Singer is a 25-year-old, left-handed pitcher signed by the Phillies as a non-drafted free agent on October 15, 2015 out of Rutgers-Camden.  He posted an 0-3 record and 3.86 ERA in 13 appearances.  In 16.1 innings, he walked 4 (2.2 BB/9) and struck out 17 (9.4 K/9) with a 1.224 WHIP.  He was promoted to Reading on May 30th.  He converted all 3 of his Threshers’ saves, as well as 12 of 12 with Reading.

Addison Russ is a 24-year-old, right-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 19th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Houston Baptist.  He was a mid-season call-up from Lakewood, and his performance was remarkably similar at each level.  In Clearwater, he posted a 4-0 record with a 1.69 ERA in 25 appearances.  In 32 innings, he walked 11 (3.1 BB/9), struck out 42 (11.8 K/9), and had a 1.125 WHIP.  He converted 14 of 15 save opportunities.  With Lakewood, he posted a 5-2 record, 1.67 ERA, 25 appearances, 32.1 innings pitched, 4 walks (1.1 BB/9), 37 strike outs (10.3 K/9), and 0.711 WHIP.  He was a Mid-Season All Star with Lakewood.

Kyle Dohy is a 22-year-old, left-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 16th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Citrus CC (CA).  He posted great numbers at Lakewood and breezed through Clearwater on his way to Reading.  For the Threshers, he posted a 2-1 record with a 1.64 ERA in 7 appearances.  In 11.1 innings, he walked 3 (2.5 (BB/9), struck out 18 (14.7 K/9), and had a 0.727 WHIP.  He notched saves in both opportunities he had in Clearwater, and saved 10 of 14 overall.  He was a Mid-Season All Star for Lakewood.

Trevor Bettencourt is a 24-year-old, right-handed pitcher drafted by the Phillies in the 25th round of the 2016 Amateur Draft out of UC Santa Barbara.  He posted a 1-1 record with a 0.53 ERA in 10 appearances after coming off the DL on August 5th.  In 17.0 innings, he walked 2 (1.1 BB/9), struck out 21 (11.1 K/9), and had a 0.882 WHIP.

Middle Infielders

Raul Rivas is a 22-year-old, switch-hitting second baseman the Phillies signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela on February 12, 2015.  He posted a slash of .242/.292/.321/.613 with 46 runs scored, 10 doubles, 4 triples, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 22 walks in 373 plate appearances, 10/16 stolen bases, and 6 errors (.976).  He also saw time at 3B and both corner outfield positions.

Jose Gomez is a 21-year-old, right-handed hitting third baseman Colorado signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela on July 2, 2013.  The Phillies acquired him as part of the Pat Neshek trade on July 26, 2017 along with RHP J.D. Hammer and RHP Alejandro Requena.  He posted a slash of .224/.259/.263/.523 with 33 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, one HR, 24 RBI, 15 walks in 385 plate appearances, 7/9 stolen bases, and 5 errors (.951).  He also saw time 2B and SS.  Gomez has Mid-Season and Post-Season ALL star awards for 2016 and 2017 on his resume from his time in the Rockies organization, but has not lived up to the lofty prospect ranking he has enjoyed with the Phillies.

Daniel Brito is a 20-year-old, left-handed hitting second baseman the Phillies signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela on July 17, 2014.  He was promoted on August 3rd and posted similar numbers in Clearwater as he had in Lakewood.  With the Threshers he posted a slash of .250/.300/.348/.648 with 8 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 7 RBI, 6 walks in 100 plate appearances, 1/2 stolen bases (16/23 combined), and 2 errors (.980).  He played second base exclusively in 2018, and his .990 Flf% at Lakewood helped him post a .988 that resulted in him being the recipient of the 2018 MiLB Gold Glove for second base.

Arquimedes Gamboa is a 21-year-old, switch-hitting shortstop the Phillies signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela on July 17, 2014.  He played the 2018 season as a 20-year-old (9/23 birthday), one of the youngest players in the league.  He posted a slash of .214/.304/.279/.582 with 49 runs scored, 14 doubles, 4 triples, 2 HR, 37 RBI, 53 walks in 497 plate appearances, 6/10 stolen bases, and 12 errors (.971).  He has played SS exclusively for the last 3 seasons.  He was selected to the 2018 FSL Mid-Season All Star team.  He was invited to play in the Arizona Fall League.

Corner Infielders

Kyle Martin is a 25-year-old, left-handed hitting first baseman drafted by the Phillies in the 4th round of the 2015 Amateur Draft out of South Carolina.  He started the season in Reading and struggled enough to be sent back to Clearwater to get regular at bats when Darick Hall and Austin Listi were promoted.  At Clearwater, he posted a slash of .199/.268/.347/.615 with 17 runs scored, 14 doubles, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 20 walks in 239 plate appearances, 2/2 stolen bases, and 3 errors (.994).

Darick Hall is a 23-year-old, left-handed hitting first baseman drafted by the Phillies in the 14th round of the 2016 Amateur Draft out of Dallas Baptist.  He was promoted to Reading on June 1st.  He was among the league leaders with 11 HR at that time.  While at Clearwater, he posted a slash of .277/.367/.538/.904 with 28 runs scored, 12 doubles, 11 HR, 35 RBI, 18 walks in 199 plate appearances, 1/1 stolen bases, and 2 errors (.995).  The big, power hitter struck out just 39 times (19.6%).  He was selected as Player of the Week once and was voted onto the FSL Mid-Season All Star team.  He was invited to play in the Arizona Fall League.

Austin Listi is a 25-year-old, right-handed hitting first baseman/outfielder drafted by the Phillies in the 17th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Dallas Baptist.  He was promoted to Reading on June 18th.  He was among the league leaders with .344 batting average at that time.  At Clearwater, he posted a .277/.367/.538/.904 slash with 37 runs scored, 16 doubles, 1 triple, 9 HR, 45 RBI, 34 walks in 254 plate appearances.  He split time between first base and left field, committed just one error at first base, and posted fielding percentages of .994 (1st) and 1.000 (LF).  All he does is hit.  He struck out just 42 times (16.5%), and walked in 13.4% of his plate appearances.  He was selected as Player of the Week once and was voted onto the FSL Mid-Season All Star team.  He was invited to play in the Arizona Fall League and played in their Fall Star game.  He could (should) have been voted the MVP in both All Star games.

Luke Williams is a 22-year-old, right-handed hitting utility player drafted by the Phillies in the 3rd round of the 2015 Amateur Draft out of Dana Hills High School (CA).  He started the season in a horrendous slump, batting .145 in April and .200 in May.  And then he made an impressive about face and posted a .333 average in June and solid numbers the rest of the season.  I would venture that he was adjusting to a new swing path because when he got hot, his power numbers also rose dramatically.  He posted a full season slash of .245/.319/.353/.672 with 51 runs scored, 13 doubles, one triple, 9 HR, 43 RBI, 35 walks in 437 plate appearances, 14/21 stolen bases.  He played 6 different positions – both corner infield positions, second base, and all 3 outfield positions.  He played over half of his games at 3B, and committed 3 errors (.975).  He was selected Player of the Week once.  He was invited to participate in the Arizona Fall League.

Outfielders

Mickey Moniak is a 20-year-old, left-handed hitting center fielder drafted by the Phillies as the first overall pick of the 2016 Amateur Draft out of La Costa Canyon High School (CA).  He has played under a microscope for 3 years.  After a disappointing 2017 campaign with Lakewood, most assumed he would start the 2018 season back there.  But, after accomplishing all that he was asked during the off season and an having excellent spring training, the decision was made to challenge him in Clearwater.  If you just looked at the box scores, you were undoubtedly disappointed. However, he was one of the youngest players in the league, and even I could see that he was approaching each at bat well.  Not only was he hitting the ball hard but an apparent swing adjustment seemed to be working.  By June, his hard work began to bear fruit.  From May 25th thru September 1st, Moniak slashed .303/.346/.464/.810. For the season, he posted a slash of .270/.304/.383/.687 with 50 runs scored, 28 doubles, 3 triples, 5 HR, 55 RBI, 22 walks in 465 plate appearances, 6/11 stolen bases, and 1 error in the outfield (.996).  He played 99 of 110 games in center field, but saw a little time in both corners.

Jose Pujols is a 23-year-old, right-handed hitting right fielder the Phillies signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic on June 20, 2013.  The power hitter came into his own in 2016 with 24 HR for Lakewood.  However, his 179 strike outs gave some pause.  He had a bad 2017 season in Clearwater, and was tasked with repeating the level in2018.  I think he did extremely well.  I would go so far as to claim that he was the organization’s Comeback Player of the Year.  With the Threshers, he posted a slash of .301/.364/.523/.887 with 56 runs scored, 16 doubles, 4 triples, 18 HR, 58 RBI, 33 walks in .387 plate appearances, and 1/2 stolen bases.  He still struck out a lot, 127 times.  But his K% dropped from 42.6% in 2017 to 32.8% in 2018.  Plus his BB% rose to a respectable 8.5%.  He also played well in Reading.  Progress.  He played exclusively in right field for the Threshers.  He committed 9 errors (.949) but also had 11 assists.  I think most of his errors were throwing errors, trusting his strong arm at times when he should have conceded the base.  He was selected Player of the Week once,  was voted onto the Post-Season All Star Team, and was voted the  FSL Player of the Year as the top position player.

Adam Haseley is a 22-year-old, left-handed hitting outfielder drafted by the Phillies in the 1st round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of UVA.  He was promoted to Reading on July 10th.  In Clearwater, he posted a slash of .300/.343/.415/.758 with 54 runs scored, 13 doubles, 5 triples, 5 HR, 38 RBI, 19 walks in 354 plate appearances, 7/10 stolen bases, and 4 errors playing all 3 outfield positions (.975).  He played 39 of 79 games in left field.  He’s a steady hitter who hit even better after his promotion.

Grenny Cumana is a 22-year-old, right-handed hitting utility player the Phillies signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela on March 10, 2013.  During his first 5 years, he played mostly as a middle infielder with some time at 3B and 11 games in the outfield.  After he was activated on June 11th, he played exclusively in the outfield.  He posted a slash of .282/.312/.359/.671 with 18 runs scored, 8 doubles, one triple, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 5 walks in 354 plate appearances, 2/8 stolen bases, 1 error (.987), and 9 assists in 79 total chances.  You don’t run on Grenny.

Kevin Markham is a 24-year-old, left-handed hitting outfielder drafted by the Phillies in the 24th round of the 2017 Amateur Draft out of Texas – San Antonio.  He started the 2018 season with the Threshers, but was the odd man out when Listi and Pujols started well and the other two outfielders were Haseley and Moniak.  He went back to Lakewood to get regular at bats and returned to the Threshers on July 10th.  With  Clearwater, he posted a slash of .254/.323/.319/.641 with 25 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 14 RBI, 13 walks in 155 plate appearances, 5/6 stolen bases, and 2 errors playing all 3 outfield positions (.977).  He struck out just 25 times (16.1%) and walked 8.4% of the time.

Catchers

Edgar Cabral is a 23-year-old, right-handed hitting catcher drafted by the Phillies in the 11th round of the 2015 Amateur Draft out of Mount San Antonio College (CA).  He  posted a slash of .252/.322/.361/.683 with 41 runs scored, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 28 walks in 329 plate appearances, and 1/2 stolen bases.  He committed 3 errors (.994), 5 passed balls, and threw out 22 of 76 base stealers (28.9%).

Henri Lartigue is a 23-year-old, switch-hitting catcher drafted by the Phillies in the 7th round of the 2016 Amateur Draft out of Mississippi.  He posted a slash of   .251/.322/.356/.678 with 44 runs scored, 14 doubles, 2 triples, 7 HR, 45 RBI, 33 walks in 413 plate appearances, and 1/2 stolen bases.  He committed 4 errors (.994), 6 passed balls, and threw out 22 of 78 base stealers (28.2%).

League Leaders

  • AVG – Third: Jose Pujols (.301)
  • SLG – Second: Jose Pujols (.523)
  • OPS – Second: Jose Pujols (887)
  • Hits – Fifth: Mickey Moniak (117)
  • Doubles – Third: Mickey Moniak (28)
  • HR – Fourth: Jose Pujols (18)
  • BB – Sixth: Arquimedes Gamboa (53)
  • Wins – Fourth: Adonis Medina (10)
  • Saves – Third: Addison Russ (14)
  • Strike Outs – First: Mauricio Llovera (137), Third: Adonis Medina (123)
  • WHIP – Second: Mauricio Llovera (1.11)

Team Leaders

  • AVG -Austin Listi (.344), Jose Pujols (.301), Adam Haseley (.300)
  • Runs -Jose Pujols (56), Adam Haseley (.54), Luke Williams (51)
  • Doubles – Mickey Moniak (28), Jose Pujols and Austin Listi (16)
  • Triples – Adam Haseley (5), Jose Pujols, Arquimedes Gamboa, and Raul Rivas (4)
  • HR – Jose Pujols (18), Darick Hall (11), Austin Listi and Luke Williams (9)
  • RBI – Jose Pujols (58), Mickey Moniak (55), Austin Listi and Henri Lartigue (45)
  • SB – Luke Williams (14), Raul Rivas (10), Adam Haseley and Jose Gomez (7)
  • Wins – Adonis Medina (10), Mauricio Llovera and Bailey Falter (8)
  • Saves – Addison Russ (14), Jake Hernandez (5), Aaron Brown (4)
  • K – Mauricio Llovera (137), Adonis Medina (123), Jake Hernandez (92)
  • ERA* – Trevor Bettencourt (0.53), Jonathan Hennigan (1.53), Addison Russ (1.69)
  • WHIP* – Trevor Bettencourt (0.88), Connor Seabold (0.99), Bailey Falter (1.09)
  • * – ten games minimum

 

6 thoughts on “2018 Clearwater Threshers’ Season Recap

    1. Probably shouldn’t have been but was a bit surprised that Mickey Mo was the youngest player on the team. Makes it hard to go out for a beer after the game with his teammates 🙂

  1. Jim, you are sooooo appreciated!! This Clearwater review, like most of what you do here, is fantastic! THANK YOU for this and for all you do!!

    I try to be the resident optimist preaching “patience” around here (when I occasionally speak up) and it certainly paid off for MM. Seeing his slash line from 5/25-on reminds me of why I’m so excited for what he might show us all in 2019! I’m proud of how hard he’s worked and how far he is come. The mental hurdles he’s had to overcome given the pressures of being the first-overall-pick scream how tough he is! I expect him to prove his naysayers wrong and the phillies talent evaluators right. …I hope. We’ll see…

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