Clearwater Threshers Weekly Recap

We are now just over one month into the season and the Threshers have an 12-20 record so far. Over the last week the team faced the Ft. Myers Miracle for three games, followed by a four-game set with their first Eastern Division opponent of the year, the Brevard County Manatees. The Miracle began the Threshers week by sweeping them to give the Miracle a perfect 9-0 record against the Threshers this year, but the Threshers faired better against the Manatees with a 3-1 series record.

The team began the season with the pitchers leading the team in production, and the hitters lagging way behind. As the season has progressed the hitters have begun to get on track while the pitching has seen their stats fall in the league standings. The offense has the fourth best batting average in the league up from last place after week one, while the pitching has seen their ERA go from third best in the league after week one to the third worst at present.

Despite the good batting average the team has still got room for improvement. They are dead last in the league in all extra base hit categories, and have scored the third fewest runs as a result. On the positive side though, the hitters have the second most walks in the league and the second fewest strikeouts ranking them third in the league in OBP. As for the pitchers the team has the second most strikeouts in the league with 254, but has also allowed the second most walks with 122. Also the team lost their early season ace Antonio Bastardo to the AA Reading Phillies and has seen starter Carlos Monasterios placed on the DL this week.

The Pitchers:

Dan Brauer LHP: Dan had just one appearance this past week getting his second start of the season facing the Ft. Myers Miracle on Friday (5/2). Unfortunately the Miracle continued their dominating ways over the Threshers and over Dan Brauer in the process. Dan lasted just 2.1 innings in the start giving up eight runs on eleven hits with two strikeouts and no walks with the Threshers falling by a score of 11-10 in the game. The showing more than doubled Dan’s ERA moving it up to 8.76 on the year.

Tyson Brummett RHP: Tyson was added to the team to replace starter Antonio Bastardo. He got his first action as a Thresher on Tuesday night (5/6). Tyson was solid in the start going 7.0 innings giving up two runs on seven hits with five Ks and one walk.

Darren Byrd RHP: Darren continues to look for his first win after suffering his fourth loss in six games when he faced the Ft. Myers Miracle last Thursday (5/1). Darren made it just 4.0 innings in the game giving up six runs on nine hits as the Threshers fell 11-5 to the Miracle.

Andy Cruse RHP: Andy had some success this past week in two appearances. In his first trip to the mound he threw one shutout inning against the Ft. Myers Miracle (4/30) and then got a spot start in place of the injured Carlos Monasterios this past Sunday against the Brevard County Manatees. In the start he surrendered one unearned run on four hits with three Ks and no walks in 3.0 innings of work. It was Andy’s longest and best outing of the season despite picking up his fifth loss of the year in the game.

Edgar Garcia RHP: Edgar picked up his fourth consecutive win in his only appearance of the week as the Threshers downed the BC Manatees 6-3 on Saturday (4/2). Things looked rough for Edgar when he gave up a home run to the first hitter of the game, but he buckled down and went 6.1 innings giving up three runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts, and three walks.

Matt German LHP: Matt went his first seven games (9.2 IP) without surrendering an earned run, but in his first outing this week he gave up three runs on three hits and four walks in 2.0 innings against the Miracle as the Threshers fell 11-5 (5/1). In his next trip to the hill he recovered nicely though going 2.1 innings against the BC Manatees (5/4) giving up just one hit with two Ks and a walk in the Threshers 4-1 loss.

Brett Harker RHP: Harker has continued to find success this year and currently has the team’s best ERA at 1.29. In two appearances this week he threw 3.0 innings of relief giving up no runs on four hits with a strikeout and two walks (one intentional).

Bear Hill RHP: After a slow start in Reading Bear was sent to Clearwater on 5/2 as Antonio Bastardo was promoted to Reading. Bear has made one appearance since coming to Clearwater giving up two runs on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks in 2.2 innings of work in the team’s 4-1 loss to the Manatees this past Sunday (5/4).

Nate Johnson RHP: Nate made three trips to the mound this past week all three in losing efforts. Overall he gave up two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Carlos Monasterios RHP: Carlos was placed on the DL on 5/1 and missed his only scheduled start this past week. Word is he will miss about three weeks with a sore right shoulder as a precautionary measure.

Joe Savery LHP: Joe went 0-1 on the week in two starts. In his first outing he faced the Ft. Myers Miracle (4/30) giving up four runs in the first inning before buckling down and ending the game with a line of 4R / 8H / 6K / 2BB with the Threshers losing 4-2 in the game. In his next outing he faired little better giving up 5R / 5H / 8K / 4BB in 6.0 innings of work with the Threshers offense rallying for three eighth inning runs to top the BC Manatees 7-6 this past Monday night (5/5).

Brian Schlitter RHP: Brian has served as the team’s set up man for closer Sam Walls the past couple of weeks after starting the season as the closer with Walls as his setup man. In three appearances this week he went 5.2 innings giving up 2 runs on five hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Zack Segovia RHP: Zack was added to the team’s roster from Reading on 5/6, but has not yet seen action in a Threshers’ uniform.

Sam Walls RHP: Sam had four appearances this past week picking up three saves in the process to take the team’s lead with five saves overall. His line for the week was 4.0 IP / 0R / 1H / 6K / 1BB.

The Position Players:

PJ Antoniato INF: PJ has continued to be 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 in 20 games at second base, and has also appeared in three error free games at third base. PJ’s bat cooled down slightly this week as he was 7-27 (.259) on the week while hitting .298 on the year.

Welinson Baez 3B: Welinson finally got going with his bat last week, and kept his hitting going this week as well. He was 8-23 (.347) in the week with three doubles, a triple, eight RBIs and five runs scored bringing his overall season average to .229.

Quintin Berry CF: “Q” as he is know to his teammates leads the team in stolen bases with 10, and has been caught three times. He is hitting .257 for the year with a 4-19 (.210) effort this past week, and currently has the most walks with eighteen for an OBP of .363

Jake Blalock OF/DH: Jake has appeared in just three games since returning from Reading with two hits and two walks in thirteen trips to the plate.

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 on Monday the 28th. The injury is described only as a back strain, and there is still no known time frame for his return to action.

Mike Eylward 1B/DH: Mike was promoted to Reading on May 3rd.

Tuffy Gosewisch C: Tuffy had his best week this week at the plate going 6-19 (.316) to finally bring his batting average (.207) up over .200 on the year.

Clay Harris INF/DH: Clay finally returned to the Threshers lineup after starting the season on the DL recovering from off-season knee surgery. So far he has hit .467 with an RBI and two runs scored in four games.

Fidel Hernandez SS: Fidel’s hitting has been weak this season at just .191 on the year, and the past week was about the same with Fidel going 4-21 (.190) with two walks and three strikeouts in 23 plate appearances over six games.

Jay Miller OF: Jay has been hot with the bat this year and is hitting .308 on the year, however in the three games he played this week he was just 2-8 with one walk.

Gus Milner RF: Gus got off to a slow start, but is currently hitting .294. He has hit .333 this week, and has hit safely in his last fourteen 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 8-22 (.364) to bring his overall average to .220 on the year.

Matt Spencer LF: Matt has been the team’s most consistent hitter this year and is currently hitting .287. He leads the team in Runs, Hits, Walks, HR, and SLG.

John Urick 1B: “Johnny U” has gone 6-24 (.250) at the plate over the last week, but has been getting his hits at the right times. He has seven RBIs on the week, including the game winning RBI in each of the Threshers’ past three wins.

Jesus Villegas INF: Jesus has seen very limited playing time since coming over from XST. He appeared in just one game this week, but went 2-4 with a double, and a run scored.

The Threshers begin a four-game series against the Vero Beach Devil Rays on Wednesday. They will have the day off on Sunday, and then begin a three game series at the Dunedin Bluejays on Monday.

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