The Clearwater Threshers ace starter Jose Taveras continues to be taken for granted. All the he has done this season is throw 10 quality starts (at least six innings allowing three or fewer runs) in his 14 outings including 10 in his last 12 starts.
He did get recognition by the Florida State League when he was selected as the starting pitcher for the North in the All-Star game. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout and got credited with the win.
Taveras has had to earn his current “ace” status. The “experts” in the Phillies minor league department had him in a middle reliever role in the Sally League for Lakewood to open the 2016 season before putting him in the rotation.
As we enter the second half of the 2017 FSL, Taveras is second in innings pitched, 88 innings, seventh in WHIP, 1.09 and tenth in strikeouts with 77.
Jose has out pitched other higher ranked pitchers on the Threshers staff. All his numbers mostly have been superior to the likes of Cole Irwin who has been recently promoted to AA Reading and teammate Franklyn Kilome ranked as the 6th best pitcher in the Phillies system by MLB Pipline.
The experts at MLB Pipline do not even rank Taveras in the Top 30 of Phillies Prospects but they do list 14 other pitching prospects. Read HERE.
If Taveras does have a short coming it is giving up the long ball. He has given up 11 home runs, second highest in the FSL. This included two homers he allowed in Monday night’s 3-2 loss to the first place Tampa Yankees.
In that outing the 23-year-old Taveras took the loss but did pitch a seven inning quality start striking out six to bring his record to 5-4 on the season.
Watch Traveras’ six strike “threes” from Monday’s game, HERE.
So if you want to follow a quality start make sure Jose Taveras is on the mound when you do. He is the best the Threshers have though few front office experts and super scouts give him much credit.