On Friday the Threshers shook up their pitching staff. Zack Segovia was added from Reading, Nate Johnson was released,
Darren Byrd was placed on the DL &
Reymond Cruz was added from extended spring training.
Zack Segovia had some velocity issues this year in Spring Training, and got a late start to his season. In four games at Reading he had not performed well (5.0 IP / 7H / 9R / 6BB / 1K / 14.40 ERA), but was mostly solid in his first start at Clearwater (5.2 IP / 7H / 3R / 4K / 0BB / 4.76 ERA).
Nate Johnson was entering his third season at Clearwater. While he been a solid contributor he had never been able to take that next step, having not been able to stick at Reading in a couple of brief trips up over the least two seasons.
Darren Byrd had a decent year at Lakewood in 2007, but had gotten off to a rough start in Clearwater this season. He had a record of 0-4 with an ERA of 9.75. Hopefully Darren can get back on track in extended spring training, and perhaps contribute with the Threshers again later this season.
Reymond Cruz was originally signed by the Phillies out of the Domican Republic in 2004. He played with the GCL Phillies in 2005, and the Batavia Muckdogs in 2006, but missed the entire 2007 season. Unfortunately he lasted just 0.1 innings in his Threshers’ debut on Friday giving up a run on two walks. Let’s hope it was just a case of nerves in seeing his first live game action in two years, and that he gets on track in his next outing.