It’s becoming clear after 34 games into the Florida State League season, the Clearwater Threshers have a very mixed bag of players. They have several major league prospects but not the ones you would think. And the guys you would think of as “top prospects” are a long way right now from reaching MLB prospect status.
Last night, the Threshers with the worst record in the FSL, played the Daytona Tortugas, the team with the best record. It was a close game but the Threshers lost another game in extra innings, 5-3 in ten innings. They were done in yet again by the new extra inning rule which starts off with a runner at second base in the tenth inning. Good teams win those games, bad teams do not.
They lost the game, in part, because a first round pick from the 2017 draft, Adam Haseley, came up small playing centerfield in the top of the tenth inning . He fielded a base hit and threw the ball 20 feet up the first baseline attempting to throw out a runner who scored from second base. Watch HERE. Then, he strikes out swinging with the designated runner on second base in the bottom of the tenth.
You got to give credit to Austin Listi, a 17th round pick from the 2017 draft. He ranks so low on the Phillies prospect list that he has been used primarily as a DH. He went 2 for 5 last night to raise his average to .382. He almost tied the game in the tenth. After Haseley’s strikeout, Austin hit a line drive which was caught at the base of the wall in left to end the game. Watch HERE. Listi is second in the FSL in batting average (.382) and OPS (1.020).
The Threshers pitching did all it could last night to win the game. Of the 30 Tortugas’ outs in the game, 18 were by strikeouts. Starter Mauricio Llovera struck out eight in 4.2 innings before tiring and giving up three runs in the fifth inning. Watch him strikeout the side in the third HERE.
For his second relief appearance in a row, Jakob Hernandez has come in from the pen with two outs and the bases loaded. On Sunday, he struck out the batter against Dunedin and went on to pick up a 2.1 inning win. Last night, he induced a pop up with the bases loaded to get out of a bases loaded jam and pitched three more shutout innings giving up only two hits and striking out five. Watch his last four strikeouts HERE.
Relieving in the ninth inning, Aaron Brown had his best velocity of the season topping at 97. He struck out five in two innings. With the “designated runner” on second to start the top tenth inning, he did go on and strikeout the side but two base hits helped score the two runs in the inning for the 5-3 win. Watch his two strikeouts in the ninth inning of the 3-3 regulation game, HERE.