The Clearwater Threshers have announced their opening day roster. I received the following in their press release. Continue reading 2017 Clearwater Threshers
Hey guys, I am Kirsten Karbach, play-by-play broadcaster for the Clearwater Threshers. I look forward to contributing some of my thoughts on Threshers baseball here on Phuture Phillies, and would love to hear any suggestions you may have for future articles. My thanks to Jim Peyton for welcoming me aboard.
To kick things off – a look at my picks for “Best tools” amongst Threshers players in 2016.
Best Fastball: Victor Arano
Sits mid-90’s out of the bullpen, frequently hit 97-98.
Best Breaking Ball: Drew Anderson
Good break and good command, even when he didn’t have his best stuff he was still able to use it effectively to keep guys off balance.
Best Changeup: Will Morris
Not many guys at this level relied a ton on their changeups, but Morris mixed his low-80’s change well with a low-90’s fastball and used it as a put-away pitch.
Best Control: Tyler Viza
Viza – who throws five pitches (fastball, cutter, slider, curve, changeup) – walked only eight batters total in nine starts for Clearwater. His K to BB was nearly seven in 49.2 innings with the Threshers.
Best Speed/Baserunning: Scott Kingery
Kingery by far led the team with 26 stolen bases, and was successful 83.9% of the time. In his two-year career, Kingery is 41-of-49 (83.7%) in stolen base attempts.
Best Strikezone Discipline: Chace Numata
Numata struck out just 41 times in 94 games, while his 37 walks were third-most on the team. Had he amassed enough plate appearances to qualify, Numata would have led the league in plate appearances per strikeout ratio at 9.00. The leading qualifier was Kevin Taylor of St. Lucie, at 8.44 TPA/SO.
Best Power Hitter: Kyle Martin
Martin slammed 19 home runs, which tied Art Charles for the highest single-season mark by a Thresher, and tied for fourth-most all-time by any Clearwater batter.
Best Outfield Arm: Carlos Tocci
More for accuracy than for strength. Tocci generally shows very good awareness and led the team with nine outfield assists, good for fourth-most in the FSL.
Best Defender: Kyle Martin
Martin broke the FSL record for consecutive games without committing an error (95) at first base, and tied the mark for highest fielding percentage on record for FSL first basemen (.998). He did not commit an error until August 25 – on a wind-blown, dropped popper behind first base – and fell just nine games short of becoming the only FSL first baseman on record to turn in an errorless full season.
Under the Radar Prospect: Drew Anderson
Anderson returned from Tommy John Surgery this year to make seven strong starts in Lakewood, before debuting with four no-hit innings in Clearwater’s combined no-no over St. Lucie on July 10th.
The right-hander showcased some of the best stuff of any Clearwater arm in 2016. His fastball – which sits 92-95 and hit as high as 97 mph – and curveball are both big-league caliber pitches. Anderson also has a slider and a changeup but threw them rarely because he simply did not need them to be successful in the Florida State League. Anderson is still just 22 years old, and the development of at least one of those offerings as well as his ability to stay healthy will key his rise as a prospect moving forward.
We had 60 participants in the 2016 sleeper and break out prospects selection process this season, a 140% increase over 2015. Due to multiple selections we have 83 break out picks and 78 sleeper picks. Continue reading 2016 Sleeper and Breakout Selections; Clearwater Announces Rotation
Tuesday night the Threshers played a scrimmage game against a team comprised of players in the XST camp. Threshers’ pitchers started for both teams – Tyler Viza for the Threshers and Will Morris for XST. The game was a little one sided as the Threshers scored 5 runs in the second inning and went on to win 7-0. Continue reading 2016 Threshers v. XST Phillies, April 5th
Finally, something official on J.P. Crawford.
It looks like Phillies’ prospect J. P. Crawford could come off the DL for the Threshers’ Wednesday afternoon game this week. The Phillies follow a protocol that requires a position player to play back-to-back nine inning games before being activated from a rehab assignment. Crawford played his first nine inning game Saturday, but Sunday was an off day in XST.
Joe Jordan was in Clearwater last week, watching Crawford at the Complex. He is quoted in Jake Kaplan’s story (link to article).
J.P. Crawford went 3 for 4 as DH in XST today. He pulled a routine ground ball to first base in his first at bat. He lined a ball back up the middle that ricocheted off the pitcher’s foot for a single in his second at bat. And, he lined a drive over the second baseman for a single in his third at bat.
Crawford’s fourth at bat was high drama. He took a called strike, and didn’t like the call. He backed out of the box and was admonished by the umpire to get back in the box. Crawford slowly placed the arch of his left foot on the chalk line, then removed it and stepped back. The umpire immediately told him to get back in the box, again. One of the Phillies’ bench coaches (Williamsport Hitting Coach, Ed Dennis, I think) yelled, “Let him get ready!”. The umpire responded, “It’s a rule!”. Meanwhile, Crawford took his position in the box. Later in the at bat, he slashed a line drive over the shortstop into left center. He busted out of the box and hustled into second ahead of a weak throw for a double. This at bat came against a LHP.
No word on how quickly he will be activated.
Really no surprises here. This is pretty much what we guessed last week.
Catchers: Willians Astudillo, Andrew Knapp, Jose Mayorga
Infield: Zach Green, Devin Lohman, Angelo Mora, Drew Stankiewicz, Jesmuel Valentin, Mitch Walding
Outfield: Aaron Brown, Dylan Cozens, Chase Harris, Andrew Pullin
Pitchers: Matt Imhof, Colin Kleven, Brandon Leibrandt, Michael Nunez, David Whitehead, Cody Forsythe, Ulises Joaquin, Mark Leiter, Lino Martinez, Edubray Ramos, Lee Ridenhour, Kevin Walter
DL: Chace Numata, J.P. Crawford, Victor Arano, Alejandro Arteaga, Steven Inch, Yoel Mecias, Yacksel Rios, Reinier Roibal
The Clearwater Threshers were rained out Sunday at Brevard County. Miguel Nunez was scheduled to start and is now listed as the starter for Monday night, originally Jesse Biddle’s next scheduled start. The Threshers are scheduled off Tuesday and back home on Wednesday. No pitchers have been announced past Monday. So, maybe Biddle will get the start Wednesday at home. I hope so.
Jim Salisbury reports that Crawford will report to Clearwater Wednesday. Quinn to move to CF Monday.