Clearwater Threshers Bi-Weekly Wrap up

Last week the Threshers Report was very abbreviated, so I’ll cover the last two weeks worth of action in this report. Since the last full report the team finds themselves in third place with a record of 30-31. They were 6-8 over the last 14 games, but showed some promising signs particularly with the starting pitching. Yohan Flande has led the way on the mound and was 1-0 in his last three starts including a complete game shut out. In his other two starts he gave up just three combined runs, but got little offenseive support.

As a team the Threshers are hitting .250 (7th), but lead the league in HR with 52, and have the second best SLG% at .383. The pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.90 which is 10th of the twelve teams in the league.

The last 14 games began with a highly contested four-game series with the Ft. Myers Miracle where every game was decided by just one run, but the Threshers came out with just one win in the four games. They then split four-game series with both the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals before ending up this report in the middle of a two-game series with the Sarasota Reds having lost the opener, but won on Tuesday night big, thanks to an offensive explosion and a pitching gem from Drew Naylor who went 7.0 innings giving up no runs on four hits with nine Ks and no walks.

Hot Starters:

Yohan Flande: As mentioned Flande has had three terrific outings earning just one win, but it was a gem. He threw nine scoreless innings this past Sunday as the team closed out their series against the Jupiter Hammerheads with a 2-0 win. He currently owns a 6-1 record, and is second among active F.S.L. pitchers with 64 Ks, just one behind the leader. Flande will be among three players representing the Threshers in the F.S.L. All-Star Game next Saturday night in Fort Myers.

Drew Naylor: Drew has really come alive in his last several starts for the Threshers after getting out of the gates fairly slowly this season. He was 2-0 in his three starts covered by this report, and went 8.0 scoreless in his only non-decision with the Threshers losing losing the game 1-0. As mentioned he finished the week for the team with 7.0 great innings at Sarasota leaving the game in the hands of the bullpen with a 9-0 lead and the team won 9-1.

Michael Cisco: Mike had two good outings after coming off of the DL for the second time this year. He was 1-0 giving up no runs on five hits with 8 strikeouts and two walks on eleven innings pitched over those two games.

The Injury Front:

Dominic Brown: The absence of Dominic from the line up has really been felt by the team. He lead the team in nearly every offensive category, and the broken hand he suffered on June 8th is expected to keep him out of the lineup well into July, and will force him to miss his appearance in the All-Star Game this weekend.

Freddy Galvis: Freddy remains sidelined since breaking two fingers on May the 6th, and is expected to return around the same time as Brown in the second half of July.

The rest of the story:

Tim Kennelly: Tim will represent the Threshers in the All-Star Game this weekend. His .298 batting average is second on the team, just one point behind Dominic Brown’s .299. He leads the FSL in doubles with 18, and is second on the team in RBIs.

Fidel Hernandez: Fidel is the final Threshers player on the All-Star team. This is Fidel’s first career All-Star appearance. He is currently hitting .270 for the team (.301 on the road and .235 at home) so as the away team at the AS game hopefully he has a good showing.

If you have questions not covered here feel free to email me because I’m unlikely to have much time to follow up on the thread this week. I’m heading on vacation, and will be in Ft. Myers this weekend for the All-Star game. Hopefully I’ll have some good news to report from there on next week’s report.

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