No one moment could summarize the Clearwater Threshers pitching staff this season better than starting pitcher Jose Taveras dueling with rehabbing New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious at Steinbrenner Field last night.
It took seven pitches total. After a 1-1 count Taveras got Gregorious to foul off four straight pitches before striking him out swinging. That one at bat capsulized the outstanding pitching of the Threshers pitching staff this season.
The Threshers staff is pitching to a 2.19 ERA, which represents 17 earned runs and 18 hits fewer than the next lowest FSL staff.`This is why they lead all of the 30 Advanced A teams with a 14-6 record and the lowest staff ERA after the 7-5 win over the Tamp Yankees last night..
Taveras won his third game in four starts so far in the season. But his 1.59 ERA is only fourth among the six-man rotation: Lefty Cole Irvin, 2-1, 0.90; Seranthony Dominguez, 2-0, 0.95; Alberto Triado, 1-0, 1.00; Franklyn Kilome, 1-1, 2.70; Blake Quinn, 0-1, 2.87.
Out of the pen closers Jeff Singer, Luke Leftwich and lefty Austin Davis have stood out. Singer is tied for the league lead with five saves to go with a win. Leftwich has three saves and Davis has two wins and save.
After the first 20 games of the season, the Clearwater Threshers have the best pitching in Advance A. Look for some of the Threshers pitchers to go to a higher level after the traditional moving day, the June 17th, FSL All-Star game.