Darick Hall gone. Austin Listi gone. Now Adam Haseley has hit the highway to Reading. They have been replaced on the Clearwater Threshers roster by players from a failure at AA, extended spring training and the Lakewood disabled lists. It does not make for good baseball.
I remember when minor league prospects were not on an elevator going up and down the farm system during the regular season. Back in the day I watched Vladimir Guerrero Sr. play an entire season at AA in Harrisburg and then get the call to the Montreal Expos. He turned out OK. Now his son gets in a half season at AA but must do his time at AAA in the second half.
Baseball is a great copy cat operation; the only problem is that the players the Threshers have received in return are organizational fillers which is not a recipe for success.
The last two nights, we have watched the Threshers be shutout over a combined 18 straight innings, outscored by a 13-0 margin by the surging Dunedin Blue Jays. After getting off to a strong start in the second half, they have lost 5 of their last 6 games. It’s not been a pretty sight with 52 games still to go.
We keep talking about catcher Henri Lartigue but that is because he is about all the Threshers have left. Last night he went 3 for 4. Over the last three games he has gone 8 for 12 but he has no help. With no one on base or having the ability to drive in runs, the Threshers keep going scoreless.
The good news is that three Threshers are in the top ten in batting average in the FSL. The real news is that two of them are no longer in the league, Listi and Haseley. Lartigue’s hot hitting has moved him into tenth place in hitting in the league with a .297 batting average. His .802 OPS is 11th in the league.
Watch Lartigue’s three hits from last night HERE.
We hope Henri gets the call to AA soon so he can be in a better position to get an invite to the Arizona Fall League where only the top prospects in baseball go. He has earned it!