It’s become one of those “Hard to Believe Moments” in Phillies minor league history. Despite losing the likes of highly regarded prospects Darick Hall and Austin Listi to call- ups. Then they lost a former first round overall draft pick Mickey Moniak and the much-hyped pitcher Sixto Sanchez to injury, the Clearwater Thresher team decided to play their best baseball of the season without them.
Led by the likes of forgotten players such as Luke Williams and Grenny Cumana and the steady pitching of Bailey Falter, all the Threshers are doing is winning. In the last nine games, they have gone 7-2 for the team’s best winning stretch of the season.
What Williams is doing is hard to believe. In his last ten games, he is hitting .459 with four homers and 12 RBIs. He is developing into a super-sub candidate at the big league level playing left, center, third and first during his hot streak. Last night he went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Watch HERE.
Cumana played winter ball in Columbia and was stuck in extended spring training when he came back. Appeared to be forgotten by the experts in the minor league department, he has played in left field for the first time. In his nine games back from from purgatory, he has hit .471 and played spotless defense. Last night, he went 2 for 4 with a run scored and a RBI. Watch HERE.
Lefty Bailey Falter arguably pitched his best game of the season last night. After missing a couple of starts, Falter reappeared to be the winning pitcher in last Saturday’s FSL All-Star game. Last night he picked up the win by striking out nine in his five inning start. Watch HERE.
Falter is averaging a strikeout an inning in his ten starts this season. He allowed only one run over five innings in the 8-3 game last night against the Dunedin Blue Jay. He lowered his ERA to 2.96. Bailey is now 5-2 on the season and deserves a call-up to a higher level too.
Thanks to the strong team play led by Williams, Cumana and Falter, the Threshers are now playing winning baseball. This is something they were unable to do much of the season despite playing until recently with some of the highest rated talent in the Phillies system.