The dog days of summer have affected the Clearwater Threshers. After getting off to a strong start in the second half of the Florida State League they have gone flat. The call-ups to Reading of power bats Darick Hall and Austin Listi have finally caught up with the team.
The replacements have not been up from Lakewood as one would expect but from extended spring training with the likes of Grenny Cumana and Brian Mims. The poor play of Kyle Martin in Reading continues as he was sent down to Clearwater to replace Hall. Cumana was off to a strong start hitting .400 replacing Listi but now has been relegated to part-time duty when Mickey Moniak returned to the lineup.
The play of Moniak has been average at best. After taking a couple of weeks off, he has returned with a .182 average over his last ten games.
Two guys continue to impress. Last night, Luke Williams hit an inside-the-park home run as he rattled a long, high drive off the centerfield wall to circle the bases, watch HERE. It was his eighth homer of the season and his seventh in the last four weeks.
Adam Haseley lined a drive over the right field wall for his fifth homer of the year, watch HERE. He has hit two homers in his last three games as his power game is starting to develop.
The Threshers took an early lead in the second half of the FSL by winning the first six games but now have gone 3-6 since then including last night’s 8-3 loss to the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The Threshers are quickly falling off the pace in the second half.
It’s going to be a long July and August for us Threshers fans especially if Williams and Haseley get deserved promotions to AA at some point before the end of the season. Who knows what talent, or of lack there of, the Threshers will received in return if they both do get the call-ups?