Yes, we got to see a major league rehabbing pitcher start for the Clearwater Threshers and he was dominant, pitching five shutout innings in the 3-1 win over the Dunedin Blue Jays. But rehabbing pitchers are not the reason we go to Florida State League games. We go because we want to see the stars of tomorrow-play today!
Last night was a perfect pitching boxscore with Zach Eflin pitching the first five innings for the win, Seranthony Dominguez for the hold and Jeff Singer for the save. A clutch two-run double by right-fielder Jose Pujols in the fourth inning was all they needed for the win Watch HERE.
Though only baseball age 22, Dominguez is in his sixth season in the Phillies system. He was eligible for the Rule Five draft last December but no major league organization apparently thought enough to draft him since the Phillies did not protect him on the 40-man roster.
Last night, he came on in relief, pitched the sixth and seventh innings with a 94-98 fastball and a devastating slider. Four of his six outs were by the strikeout. Watch HERE. He has major league stuff right now!
On came the Threshers closer, 22-year-old Singer. In a similar story, no scout in MLB even recommended draftingt him. He was signed as a free agent back in 2016 off a car lot in Northeast Philadelphia where he worked with his father. He pitched the 8th and 9th innings of shutout baseball striking out three with a 90-94 fastball and great location. Watch HERE.
The Threshers won’t always have a former first round draft pick starter who made 11 major league starts last season but they will have Dominguez and Singer coming out of the bullpen. They will need them because it looks like they won’t be scoring many runs in the beginning of season.