Clearwater Threshers Week in Review

 


Things in Clearwater have looked pretty sunny through the first four games of the season, despite the fact that Tuesday night’s game was rained out. The team is loaded with talent this season, including seven of the Phuture Phillies Top 30 Prospects plus three players listed as near misses. The team’s new manager Ernie Whitt is a night and day difference from the 2008 manger Razor Shines (with Shine playing the part of night), and the team’s 3-1 record is the best of any Phillies minor league team so far in this young season.


Thursday, April 9th (Opening Day)


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The Clearwater Threshers looked sharp in their 2009 season opener. Kyle Drabekgot the opening night nod to take the hill, and looked good except for one rough inning in the fourth. Through the first three innings he had held the Bluejays hitless with his only blemish as a hit batsman in the first. In the fourth inning he walked the first two batters he faced and then balked the runners to second and third. Two hits later the Bluejays had picked up two runs to narrow their gap to 5-2, but that was all they would get on the night. He ended the night with a line of 2R/2/H/7K/1BB. Pretty impressive for the first start of the season, and just about as good as anyone could have hoped for.
Meanwhile the Threshers offense came out on fire giving the squad all the cushion they would need to secure a victory. The team scored three in the first and picked up a two-run blast from Freddy Galvisin the second to take an early 5-0 lead before Drabek would surrender 2 runs in the fourth inning. All-in-all it was a terrific team effort, and a great start to the Threshers season. Freddy Galvis had two hits and 2 RBIs, and Fidel Hernandez had two hits including a double. Matt Rizotti lead all batters with 3 hits going 3-4 at the plate including a double and an RBI. Dominic Brown chimed in with a double and an RBI.
Freddy Galvis picked up the firstSCHMIDT LIST player of the game award for crushing the first Threshers’ HR of the year.
Friday, April 10th at Dunedin


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Catcher Joel Naughton watches his grand slam sail over the right field wall.

The Clearwater Threshers faced the Dunedin Bluejays on Friday night at Dunedin in the Bluejays home opener. The Jays got on the board quickly grabbing a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the score would remain the same until the sixth inning. At that point the Threshers picked up four runs to take a 4-1 lead.

That comfortable lead proved short lived as the Jays bounced back picking up two in the bottom of the frame to cut their deficit to 4-3, but then the Threshers offense really caught fire.

In the seventh inning the Jays sent a fresh pitcher to the hill to quell the Threshers offense. The Threshers offense however had something else in mind. With the smell of fresh meat in the water the sharks offense powered into an offensive frenzy demolishing the Jays pitcher for six runs on two walks and four hits, including a grand slam by catcher Joel Naughton, before a single out was tallied in the inning.
With a comfortable 10-3 lead the game seemed secure. The Jays however would not go down quietly. They picked up two runs just after the seventh inning stretch, and then mounted a ninth inning rally for two more runs, but Dan Brauer finally shut things down and the Threshers went home 10-7 winners.

Joel Naughton picked up the SCHMIDT LIST player of the game award for crushing a 7th inning grand slam that ultimately spelled the difference between a win and a loss.
Saturday, April 11th


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It was not for lack of trying that the Threshers suffered their first loss of the year. The offense did their part, but the Bluejays offense was just a bit better as the Threshers fell 10-6. While we all wish the team could go undefeated on the year, in reality we know it will not be so. After two wins vs the Bluejays, it was the Bluejays night to swipe one from the team.

Julian Sampson got his first start of the season, but looked overwhelmed in the effort. He lasted just 3.1 innings giving up 7 runs on 8 hits with 2 Ks and 2 walks. Chance Chapman looked good in relieving Sampson going 2.2 innings with 4 Ks and 2 walks, giving up one run on one hit. Chapman could be a sleeper prospect in my opinion, and I am looking forward to good things from him this season as he transitions to the bullpen.

Tim Kennelly picked up the SCHMIDT LIST player of the game award with 3 RBIs despite the loss.

Sunday, April 12th No game.

Monday, April 13th


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It was with a heavy heart that I went to the game after the passing of what seemed like a part of my family. Harry Kalas you will be missed…

Just like their first game at Dunedin on Friday night the Threshers found themselves in an early 1-0 hole after giving up an unearned run on a throwing error, and just like the previous game it took a big 6th inning to put them back in the game as they picked up 5 runs to go up 5-1 and eventually win 5-2. Arlon Quirozhad a 2-rbi triple in the game, and Tim Kennelly picked up two doubles. Michael Durant finally picked up his first hit of the season earned his first RBI and scored a run.

Yohan Flande grabs the SCHMIDT LIST player of the game award for his pitching effort.
Tuesday, April 14th (Rained Out)

Phuture Phillies Top 30 Prospects & Others of Note:

Kyle Drabek the uber-prospect that everyone has been so excited about did not disappoint in his first outing. He went 5.0 innings fanning 7 and walking 2 while giving up 2 runs on 2 hits. His 7 Ks are 2nd in the FSL.

Dominic Brown
has struggled at the plate with just 3 hits in 15 at-bats (.200) but has a team high 4 walks. In the field he has looked strong.

Julian Sampson looked out of sorts in his only start. He lasted just 3.1 innings giving up 7 runs on 8 hits with 2 Ks and 2 BB.

Drew Naylor picked up a win in his only outing giving up 3 runs on 6 hit with 4 Ks and one walk.

Mike Cisco has started the season on the DL.

Freddy Galvis is hitting .238. He picked up the teams first home run of 2009 in the season opener. Defensively he has looked solid and has contributed to a couple of excellent fielding plays.

Michael Schwimer has appeared in 2 games for 3.0 innings of work giving up 1 unearned run on 3 hits with 3 Ks and a walk.

Matt Rizzotti has been raking at the plate. His .538 average is 2nd in the FSL as is his .769 slg. He is 7-13 in 3 games with 3 doubles.

Tim Kennelly is hitting .333 (4-12) with all of his hits as doubles to lead the FSL in the category.

Joel Naughton crushed a grand slam in the second game of the year which proved to be the game winning difference for the Threshers. He is hitting .333 (3-9) with 4 walks and just one K.

Fidel Hernandez
is the only Threshers position player returning in 2009. He has moved to second from SS to make way for Freddy Galvis. So far he has been swinging a hot bat going 6-17 (.353) with two doubles.

Michael Durant has been a disappointment so far. He has just one hit (1-11 / .091) and 7Ks with no walks. He did have one HBP but admitted later that the ball had hit the bat, not his arm.

 

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