Ethan Stewart was a 47th round JUCO pick in 2010 out of New Mexico Junior College. This past season was his second full year in Clearwater. He improved on the numbers he had posted during the 2013 season. However, though improved, his walk rate probably led to the organization’s decision to convert him to a reliever after 16 starts. His 2014 numbers –
- G IP H R ER HR HB BB K Avg. WHIP G/A ERA K/9 BB/9 K/BB
- Start 16 81.2 89 5 44 9 1 53 46 .284 1.74 0.98 4.85 5.10 5.84 0.87
- Relief 12 21.0 28 11 11 0 0 5 24 .311 1.57 1.11 4.71 10.29 2.14 4.80
- Total 28 102.2 117 66 55 9 1 58 70 .290 1.70 1.00 4.82 6.14 5.08 1.21
The stats that jump out are the big increase in his K/9 and the big decrease in his BB/9. Even though opponents batting average jumped 27 points to .311, his WHIP saw a 17 point decrease. I watched 10 of Stewart’s starts. It was frustrating to watch him struggle with the strike zone. He pitched better out of the bullpen, but like a lot of the Threshers’ relievers he struggled coming into games with runners on base. He allowed 6 of 11 inherited runners to score for a mere 45.5% Strand Rate. Continue reading AFL – Ethan Stewart
Miguel Nunez Faced the Brevard County Manatees Sunday afternoon and pitched one heck of a game. He threw a season high 8 innings, and 67% strikes before leaving with a 2-1 lead. The bullpen failed to hold on and a ninth inning rally fell short as the Threshers dropped a heart breaker 5-4.
Nunez got offensive support on solo home runs by J.P. Crawford and Art Charles. Crawford came through again in the ninth but it wasn’t enough. Continue reading Nunez Pitching Gem Wasted; August 24, 2014
The Threshers were stymied in their attempt to take the third game of the four game series against the Stone Crabs. Jeb Stuart started and did a KK impersonation, allowing 3 runs on 1 hit in the first inning. The Threshers rallied for 4 runs in the fifth inning to tie the game but Stefan and Ethan Stewart combined to surrender 3 runs in the top of the sixth inning. The Crabs held on for a 7-5 victory.
Stefan has struggled in the first inning this season. Going into his 12th start, his first inning ERA was 14.34. After tonight’s first inning he had pitched 11.2 first innings and allowed 20 earned runs, raising his first inning ERA to 15.42. He has allowed the opposing team to score first in half of his starts. Continue reading Crabs beat Threshers; July 22, 2014
We were treated to another pitchers’ duel today. Ethan Stewart and Bradenton’s Jason Creasy battled for 6 innings. Stewart blinked first allowing a 5th inning run. They completed the 6th inning with the Marauders protecting a 1-0 lead. After a short rain delay, the bullpens took over. Both pens combined to allow 6 runs in the 7th inning. They settled down and closed out the final two innings without any further scoring.
Ethan Stewart pitched a tough, gritty 6 innings. Continue reading Threshers; June 1, 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. Continue reading Threshers; May 10, 2014