Yes, we did see a win by the Clearwater Threshers at home yesterday. If was only the fifth time in 30 games this season they won a game at home. But the really big news in the game was the play of Threshers shortstop Roman Quinn. He was strong in the field and went three for four at the plate including a long two-run home run. Roman looked like Jimmy Rollins in his prime.
The other big news came Friday after the Draft when the Phillies Assistant General Manager for Amateur Scouting Marti Wolever said that top draft pick Aaron Nola would likely start out pitching for the Clearwater Threshers.
It has taken a while for Quinn to fight back from a wrist injury that ended his season early last year and a rupture achilles suffered in an off season workout. We have watched him all season slowly rehab to where yesterday he looked like the once top rated position player in the Phillies organization by Baseball America.
It’s already been already a long season for Threshers manager Nelson Prada. In the first inning Quinn beat out an infield single to second. During the next at bat he was thrown out attempting to steal second. Between innings Prada came in from the third base coaching box and had a long talk with Quinn at the top of the dugout steps. So long in fact Roman did not have time for infield throws between innings. He just made it back out in time for the first pitch of the top of the second.
In later at bats Quinn responded with a hard hit a line-drive single to right and blasted a home run close to 400ft. up on the berm in deep right center at Bright House to account for his three hits in yesterday’s rare 8-7 home win. What ever Prada said worked!
The play that most impressed me was Quinn’s fielding of a hard hit ground ball up the middle with a runner on second to get the batter at first with a strong throw to probably saved a run in the seventh inning.
What really had us buzzing yesterday at the game is the possibility of getting a look at the Phillies first round draft pick Aaron Nola in the Threshers starting rotation. The LSU product was considered the most MLB ready pitcher in the draft. If we can get a look at the 21 year-old right hander, this challenging season might still be rewarding for those of us who show up regularly for Threshers home games.
The first half of the Florida State League season is about to end. With the second half about to begin, this means that the teams start all over in the standing. The once bleak season now looks very promising for the Clearwater Threshers in the second half especially with the recent play of Roman Quinn at short and at the bat and if the Phillies assign first round draft pick Aaron Nola to the starting rotation.