Many times players are evaluated in 10 game intervals during the season. The Clearwater Threshers are at the 11 game mark of the season and sit a top the Northern Division of the Florida State League with a 7-4 record.
It’s been a powerful combination of hitting and pitching which has allowed the Threshers to surge to the top. They lead the league in slugging fueled by a league high 11 home runs and most runs scored. Last year the Threshers hit only 60 homers total in the 138 game season where homers are hard to come by. They have four pitchers including two starters who have yet to give up an earned run and the staff has the lowest WHIP in the league.
Offensively, third baseman Mitch Walding and first baseman Kyle Martin have stood out. Walding leads the league in OPS while he and Martin are 1-2 in slugging and home runs. Walding has an amazing “slash” line of .324/400/.824. Mitch has five homers in only 10 games after hitting only four homers in 120 games last year for the Threshers. If he keeps up this production Walding will not be long for the FSL.
The pitching has been outstanding. Going with a six-man rotation for the first time, two starters Elniery Garcia and Will Morris, have yet to be score on. Of nine starting pitchers in the league with two wins, three of them are Threshers, Garcia, Ranfi Casimiro and Tyler Viza. Viza won yesterday’s game with nine strikeouts in only 5.2 innings.
Out of the pen both Matt Hockenberry and Alexis Rivero have yet to be charged with an earned run. Closer Miguel Nunez is second in the league in saves with two and has struck out 10 in 6 innings.
After finishing up with a game tonight on the road against the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Threshers open a series on Tuesday night against the Daytona Tortugas at Bright House with Will Morris on the mound.