Clearwater Threshers’ Starter Edgar Garcia and The Top of the Lineup, Sandberg, Campbell, Marrero and Wilson Garcia, Set Up The 8-3 Win

The Clearwater Threshers are off to a strong start in the second half of the Florida State League. They have outscored division rival Daytona Tortugas in winning the the first two games by a combined score of 17-5.

Edgar Garcia

Friday night it was the strong start by Edgar Garcia that set the pace in the 9-3 win.  A converted reliever, Garcia pitched a strong 5.1 innings allowing only two runs to get his first win as a starter. Watch his two strikeouts HERE.  So far in June he is now 1-1 in four starts with a 2.25 ERA.

The Threshers have been scoring runs and getting on base.  The top four hitters in the Threshers’ order (Cord Sandberg, Emmanuel Marrero, Derek Campbell and Wilson Garcia) were on base 13 times in the game with 8 hits, 3 walks, and a hit by pitch. They scored 6 runs and drove in 4 runs.

Cord Sandberg

Sandberg, getting a rare start in center field, went 4 for 5 with two runs scored and a RBI.  He is now hitting .371 over his last 10 games. Watch his RBI double HERE.

Cord Sandberg and Jose Pujols score while Marrero made it to second.

Emmanuel Marrero doubles in two runs as he goes to left as the catcher sets up off the plate.

 

Marrero continuing to show range at shortstop was 1 for 3 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. He scored three runs and hit a two-run double.  He is now hitting .324 in his last 10 games. Watch his double HERE.

Playing right field, Campbell singled, walked and scored a run.  Watch his base hit HERE.

Wilson Garcia

First baseman Wilson Garcia had two singles and a walk. He is now hitting .375 with 12 RBIs in his last 10 games.   Watch his RBI single HERE.

To go with the timely hitting and good pitching the Threshers played errorless ball.  This is  a sure fire formula for winning baseball.

 

 

 

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The Threshers’ Waguespack, Marrero, Campbell and Wilson Garcia Come Up Big To Start The Second Half and Ranfi Casimiro Does Not Miss A Beat In His Reading Debut!

If the guys on Clearwater Threshers were down over just losing the first half northern division championship in the FSL by one game they did not show it last night.  In the first game in the second half they were too much for the Daytona Tortugas as they downed them 9-2 at Spectrum Field.

They were paced by another strong five inning start by Jacob Waguespack,  two runs scored each by Emmanuel Marrero and Derek Campbell and a four RBI night by Wilson Garcia.

Jacob Waguespack

Waguespack gave up two runs on five hits over five innings to go 3-0 since since joining the rotation five  starts ago.  In those five starts relying on his 94-95 mph fastball, he has a 1.50 ERA, and 0.88 WHIP striking out 20 and walking only five. Opponents are hitting only .190 against hime. Watch his strikeout on a 95 mph fastball from last night HERE.

Shortstop Emmanuel Marrero has gone 8 for 17 in his last four games including going 3 for 5 and scoring 2 runs last night.  Marrero now has his average at the highest of the season at .291. Watch his double HERE.

Derek Campbell catches the first out of the game.

Second baseman Derek Campbell on the disabled list since the end of last season made his 2017 debut last night.  He walked twice, was hit by a pitch singled last night and singled.  He scored two runs last night. Watch his base hit HERE.   With Reading’s Scott Kingery expected to be called up to AAA, it will be interesting to see how long Campbell stays with Clearwater.

Wilson Garcia watches the ball sail over the fences.

Wilson Garcia is quietly heating up. He has homered in his last two games and has now gone deep four times with 16 RBIs in June. Last night his home run ball appeared to clear the second fence in right and went down into the alligator pond. See HERE. So far this month he is hitting .276 with an .813 OPS.

In other news, the Threshers lost three players yesterday to call ups to Reading and one of them, Ranfi Casimiro, did not miss a beat.  After pitching three shutout innings, striking out six in his final appearance for Clearwater earlier in the week, Ranfi went on pitch two more shutout innings, striking out four in his Eastern League debut last night.  In his last two relief appearances at two different levels, he has pitched five shutout innings, allowing only two hits, with no walks and striking out ten.

Ranfi Casimiro

 

 

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Clearwater Threshers Just Missed Out On First Place But Ranfi Casimiro, Herlis Rodriguez and Drew Stankiewicz Are Moving On Up!

The Threshers fought right down to the end but came up a game short of winning the first half of the Florida State League’s Northern Division..

Going into the final three game series, the Threshers were tied with the red-hot Tampa Yankees.  The Yanks swept the team with the worst record in the Florida State League, the Florida Fire Frogs, while the Threshers won two of three against the Bradenton Marauders, one of the top teams in the Southern Division.

Though the Phillies minor league department seems to down play minor league playoffs,  I do not. Nothing beats playing with a little pressure in must win situations.  These guys below came up big in the final first half, three game, must win series for the Threshers:

Centerfielder Mark Laird broke out of a slump to go 7 for 15.

Right fielder Herlis Rodriguez went 5 for 1o with three walks.

Shortstop Emmanuel Marrero hit 5 for 12 and made several great plays in the field.

First baseman/DH Wilson Garcia hit a long three-run homer to provide the winning runs in last night’s 5-4 win.

Infielder Drew Stankiewicz  commanded the strike zone to work five walks.

Cole Irvin pitched a brilliant seven innings outing allowing five hits, a run and striking out six to get the win last night.

Ranfi Casimiro pitched his strongest game in his career as a reliever by pitching three shutout innings in the first game of the series striking out six for a hold.

Jeff Singer was old reliable out of the pen picking up saves in both of the wins pitching 2.1 shutout inning striking out three.  He struck out the final batter last night, according to Bradenton’s  MiLB-TV coverage, on a 96 mph fastball for strike two and a slider for the swinging strikeout and his 14th save of the season.

 

Ranfi Casimiro

Herlis Rodriguez

Drew Stankiewicz

It’s good to learn that Herlis Rodriguez, Ranfi Casimiro and Drew Stankiewicz have just been called up to Reading.  They did it the old fashion way.  They earned it!

 

 

 

 

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The Battle For the Phillies “First Baseman of the Future” Between Rhys Hoskins, Darick Hall and Greg Pickett Begins Now!

The battle for the Phillies “First Baseman of the Future” has heated up in the last two weeks as the minor league season enters the half way mark.

Rhys Hoskins went deep twice in Monday’s game for Lehigh Valley to retake the home run lead from teammate Dylan Cozens.  Rhys now has hit 17 home runs. Watch HERE and HERE.  He now leads the International League in homers, RBIs, and OPS.

Darick Hall In 2017 spring training

Not to be out done, Darick Hall hit his 10th homer for Lakewood last week despite missing 19 games of the season in April with an injury.  Watch HERE.  (Start video at 1:55) Still, he currently leads the South Atlantic League in RBIs.

Greg Pickett in Fall Instructs hitting high heat deep

A new candidate has just entered the first base picture with the start of the New York-Penn League on Tuesday.  Power hitter Greg Pickett went deep opening night for Williamsport in State College.  Watch HERE.

With the Phillies showing no interest in calling up Hoskins, it looks like the “first base three” will battle in the second half of the minor season for the title of the Phillies “First Baseman of the Future”.

 

 

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Timely Hitting Of Marrero, Shutdown Relief Pitching Of Casimiro and Singer Keep Threshers In Playoff Contention

What a game! With the first half playoff crown on the line, the Clearwater Threshers Emanuel Marrero with the bat and Ranfi Casimiro and Jeff Singer out of the pen came up big in a 3-1 win over the Bradenton Marauders last night at Spectrum Field.

With the win the Threshers eliminated the Marauders from playoff contention in the Florida State League’s Southern Division.

The Threshers remained in a tie with two games to go with the Tampa Yankees for first place in the Northern Division. The Threshers hold the tie breaker.

The Threshers jumped out to a lead with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings.  Marrero drove in the first run on a base hit and was key in setting up the third run with his second base hit of the game.  Watch HERE including a nice play by him at short.

Starter Franklyn Kilome continues to pitch in and out jams in his starts.  In this one he went five innings again and allowed the only Bradenton run of the game in the fourth.

Overall, Franklyn gave up five hits and walked two.   He recorded a key strikeout with two outs in the fifth inning on 95 mph heat with the bases loaded to preserve the 3-1 lead. Watch HERE.  He is now 4-2 on the season.

But, it was the Threshers bullpen pitching in the end that made the difference by throwing four shutout innings, striking out eight down the stretch to preserve the win for Kilome.

Casimiro was his most dominate of the season, pitching three shutout innings, striking out six for his fourth hold of the season. He was topping out at 92-93 mph with his fastball. Watch HERE.

Ranfi Casimiro

Casimiro has been brilliant over his last ten games in middle relief pitching to a 1.23 ERA, allowing only 11 hits and striking out 21 in 22 innings of work.

Jeff Singer

Then, Jeff Singer came on in the ninth inning striking out two for his league leading 13th save of the season. He made a nice catch of a line drive hit back at him on the mound to end the game. Watch HERE.

The Threshers continue their playoff quest tonight at Spectrum Field. Only two games remain on the first half schedule. FSL All-Star game winning pitcher, Jose Taveras, will be on the mound to face the Marauders.

 

 

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Clearwater Threshers Grenny Cumana Shows Major League Talent In His First Ten Games Of June

Clearwater Threshers middle infielder Grenny Cumana has played ten games in June.

What a June it has been for him so far!

Grenny Cumana

In his first game of the month on June 2nd, Grenny hit a walk-off home run.  Then he ended the first half of the month Thursday night at Spectrum Field going 4 for 4 with a walk, two runs scored, a stolen base and started a great double play in a Threshers 6-2 must win over Lakeland.

Watch the walk off home run from the June 2nd game and Grenny’s four hits and stolen base from Thursday night’s game HERE.  Note how Grenny hit the ball to all fields!

It’s been an amazing first half of the month for Cumana.  For June so far, he is hitting .359 going 14 for 39.   As recently as May 17th he was hitting .244.  For the season he is now hitting .304.

Grenny leads the Threshers in stolen bases with 11, including three this month.

He has played strong defense between second and shortstop.  He has been charged with only one error at each position this season and is fielding at a .987 percent at short and .990 at second, both career highs.

Right before our eyes Grenny has developed into a five-tool major league talent.  He has shown he can do it all by hitting, hitting with power, running, throwing  and fielding  just in time to keep the Threshers in a first place tie with Tampa in the Florida State League’s Northern Division as the first half race goes down to the wire.

The first half ends after a three game series with Bradenton starting with two games on  Monday and Tuesday nights at Spectrum Field and ending with one game on Wednesday night in Bradenton.

Watch HERE, Grenny’s interview with Josh Appel from the Threshers site.

 

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Phillies Prospects, Lakewood’s Darick Hall and Adonis Medina and Clearwater’s Jacob Waguespack snubbed in All Star Selections

It’s All Star time again for the A ball guys.  The Florida State League faces off on Saturday at newly renovated Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland while the South Atlantic League game takes place on Tuesday in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Phillies will be well represented at both games but are all of their best prospects will  not likely be represented.   In my opinion  several of the most likely players to play in the major leagues someday were not selected. They were first baseman Darick Hall and starting pitcher Adonis Medina for the Lakewood BlueClaws and converted starter Jacob Waguespack for Clearwater.  Right now they might be the best of the bunch but not yet All-Star worthy according to the minor league experts.

Darick Hall from spring training

Hall is having a season to remember for Lakewood.  Currently he is leading the Sally league in RBIs. The big first baseman has driven in 46 runs in 48 games. His ten home runs are good enough for third place in the league.  He has driven in 15 runs and hit four homers in his last 11 games.  Because of an ankle injury he missed 19 games in April.  Watch Hall’s most recent home run HERE after the Luke Williams interview.

Adonis Medina from spring training

Adonis Medina may have only a 2-5 record in 11 starts but leads the BlueClaws staff in strikeouts and is sixth in the league overall strikeouts.  He has struck out 75 in 60.1 innings.  In his most recent start he struck out 12 in seven innings on a three-hit shutout. Read HERE. and Watch HERE.

Jacob Waguespack from spring training

Since becoming a starter four starts ago, Jacob Wauguepack has been a revelation for the Threshers. In those starts, he has gone 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA allowing only two runs and 11 hits while striking out 17, walking only three in 19 innings.  Watch HERE, Waugenpack’s four strikeouts in his five inning shutout on Wednesday.

You can read more about the minor league All-Star games and player selections HERE but you will only read about Phillies prospects Hall, Medina and Waugenpack in the above post!

 

 

 

 

 

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