Well last week’s report contained 8 games due to a 10:30 am game on Wednesday last week, so this week’s report includes only 5 games because of a day off for the league on Tuesday this week. Of course the big story for the week was Antonio Bastardo’s line in his game this past week. Overall the team went 2-3 on the week winning it’s last two games making it the first time this season the team has won two games in a row.
The offense has come to life a bit as of late coming up from last in the league in team batting average after week one, and next to last in batting average after week two to fourth (of twelve teams) in batting average currently. The offense has drawn the second most walks in the league, and has struck out fewer than all but one team in the league. Unfortunately the team is hitting without any power at all. The offense is last in slugging percentage, and in all XBH categories, last is RBIs, and next to last in runs scored as a result. (The odd thing is the team with the fewest runs in the league, the Tampa Yankees, are only one game out of first in the division.)
For the most part pitching remains the team’s strength and they lead the league with four shut outs so far this year, and have allowed the second fewest runs. The team has the third most strikeouts in the league with 197, but has also allowed the second most walks with 99.
I thought this week I’d write a little bit about all the players on the team, so I’ll begin with the pitchers in alphabetical order.
Antonio Bastardo LHP: (I guess it is only fitting that Bastardo comes first.) I won’t go into great detail since he has been covered so much already this week, but Antonio leads all minor league pitchers with 47Ks, and my only negative comment last week was that I wondered about his stamina as he had had three relatively short performances in his first three outings, but he has gone 7.0 and 8.0 in his two most recent trips to the hill, so what do I know?
Dan Brauer LHP: Dan got off to a great start last year as a starter, but has been relegated to coming in from the pen this season. He appeared twice this week suffering a loss this past Saturday night after the Yankees were able to overcome an 8-4 Threshers lead and take the game into extra innings. In 1.2 innings of work Dan gave up a run on four hits with one K and a walk. In his previous outing on Thursday he had pitched one inning giving up two hits, but striking out three. He has a GO/AO of 5.00, but left handed batters are hitting .400 against him while overall opponents are hitting .341.
Darren Byrd RHP: After five starts Darren is still looking for his first win this season. In his last appearance on Friday he had family in town from northern Florida, but unfortunately had his worst outing of the year. He gave up 9 runs on 11 hits walked four and struck out just two in 5.2 innings of work. His ERA stands at 8.84 on the year with a record of 0-3.
Andy Cruse RHP: Andy has really struggled to get on track this year. Overall his ERA is a team high 9.58 and he has a record of 0-4 in seven appearances. This week he appeared twice going one inning each time giving up one run on four hits with no Ks and no walks.
Edgar Garcia RHP: Edgar has been a solid starter for the team this season, and has a team best 3-0 record in five starts. This week he followed Antonio Bastardo’s performance with a gem of his own. He threw 7.0 innings on Monday fanning eight and walking one while scattering six hits. He is tied with Joe Savery for second most strikeouts on the team with 25, and has walked just eight batters. Overall his ERA is 3.34 on the year and he has won his last three starts.
Matt German LHP: Matt has the team’s lowest ERA at 0.82 and a WHIP of just 0.64, but a team high 3 HBP. He finally surrendered his first earned run of the year on Friday night as the Tampa Yankees rallied from four down to top the Threshers in eleven innings.
Brett Harker RHP: Harker has an ERA of just 1.64 on the year with two appearances this past week. His season numbers are 2R / 11H / 6K / 5BB.
Nate Johnson RHP: Nate is back for his third season in Clearwater and has an 8.82 ERA on the season which was really bumped up with his only appearance of the week this past week. He lasted only one-third of an inning giving up three runs on two hits and two walks taking the loss as the Reds rallied to beat the Threshers 6-4 on Thursday night.
Carlos Monasterios RHP: Carlos has been mostly solid for the Threshers, but has been haunted by the long ball this year. In his only outing this past week he gave up two HR and six runs, but escaped taking a a loss behind an 8-run offensive effort. Unfortunately in the end the bullpen allowed three more runs and the Threshers fell 9-8 in eleven inning to the Yankees on Friday night.
Joe Savery LHP: Joe has an ERA of just 2.25 in the year, and had his best K total of the year picking up 9 strikeouts and no walks in six innings of work in his most recent outing. He went 6.0 innings giving up three runs on seven hits, and left the game with a 4-3 Threshers lead, but could not get a win as the team fell 6-4 in the end.
Brian Schlitter RHP: Brian leads the team in saves with three and has finished nine games. He has the most innings out of the bullpen on the team, and in two outings this week went 3.1 innings with 0R / 2H / 3K / 1BB.
Sam Walls RHP: Besides Brian Schlitter Sam is the only other Threshers with a save this year with two so far while finishing five games. He has an ERA of just 1.76 and is holding the opposition to a .185 batting average against him with right handed batters hitting just .156.
Last week someone asked whether I could get video of the pitchers, but unfortunately I don’t have the ability to upload much video onto my website. (I cannot upload a file larger than 5MB, and video files are usually very large.) Also, from where I sit at the park, I don’t really have a good vantage point for analyzing pitchers, so unfortunately I cannot offer much technical analysis on pitchers delivery or the type of pitches they throw.
On to the position players, again in alphabetical order…
PJ Antoniato INF: PJ has been the beneficiary of Adrian Cardenas’ absence as he has picked up some everyday playing time at second base. PJ has been solid defensively with a 1.000 fielding percentage, and has also appeared in three error free games at third base. PJ has also been hot with his bat hitting .312 on the year, but has only one extra base hit.
Welinson Baez 3B: Welinson got off the Schnide this past week hitting .333 over the last five games including a 4-4 effort in the team’s extra innings loss to the Yankees on Saturday.
Qunitin Berry CF: “Q” as he is know to his teammates leads the team in stolen bases with 8, and has been caught just twice. He is hitting .267 for the year with a 7-19 (.386) effort this past week, and currently has a five game hitting streak going, and is tied for most walks with twelve.
Jake Blalock OF/DH: Jake was returned to Clearwater from Reading on Monday. He had hit .364 for the R-Phils in 10 games before being sent back.
Adrian Cardenas 2B: “AC” has not played since April 17th, and as was mentioned previously on this site was finally placed on the 7-Day DL this past Monday. The injury is described only as a back strain, and there is no known time frame for his return to action.
Mike Eylward 1B/DH: Mike is a Clearwater native having attended Clearwater HS and USF just across the bay in Tampa. He is a career .289 hitter, and last year hit .305 for Salt Lake City (AAA) in the PCL. so far he has hit .355 for the Threshers with six walks and only two Ks. I can’t imagine he will be in Clearwater long.
Tuffy Gosewisch C: Tuffy had a better week this week at the plate going 4-15 (.266) but overall is hitting just .176 on the season.
Fidel Hernandez SS: Fidel’s hitting has been weak this season at just .192 on the year, but his solid defense has kept him in the lineup. He currently has a four-game hitting streak going hitting .294 over those four games.
Jay Miller OF: Jay has been hot with the bat hitting .450 in his last five games with three hits in one game, and two hits in each of his last three games. Overall he is hitting .342 for a team that is desperate for some offensive production, but only has two extra base hits on the year.
Gus Milner RF: Gus got off to a slow start, but is currently hitting .282. He has hit .438 since my last report, and has hit safely in his last eight games. He leads the team in doubles, triples, RBIs and Runs, and is second behind Quintin Berry in SB with four.
Alan Robbins C: Alan got off to a very slow start with his bat picking up just one hit in his first 19 AB, but since then has gone 7-16 (.437) and has a hit in his last four games, but has yet to pick up a hit against a left handed pitcher yet this year.
John Urick 1B: “Johnny U” spent the last week at Reading before being returned to Clearwater this past Monday.
Matt Spencer LF: Matt has been the team’s most consistent hitter this year. He is the only player to have appeared in all 25 games this season, and is currently hitting .292. He leads the team in Runs, Hits, Walks, HR, and SLG, capping this past week off with a 4-4 performance in the team’s 3-1 win over the Yankees.
Jesus Villegas INF: Jesus has seen very limited playing time since coming over from XST. He currently has one hit in four AB with one run, and one RBI.
After the day off on Tuesday the Threshers head to Fort Myers on Wednesday for a 3-game set still looking for their first win against the Miracle who are 6-0 versus the Threshers this season. The team then returns home for eight games to face eastern division opponents for the first time this season.