With 23 games remaining in the season, Threshers Mickey Moniak and Edgar Cabral are finishing strong. Last night in the 4-1 defeat to the St. Lucie Mets, they both had two hits each, including a homer by Cabral and a double by Moniak. Watch Cabral’s homer HERE and Moniak’s double HERE.
In particular, Moniak has come of age. We keep forgetting that he is playing at baseball age 20 at High A which is two years younger than the average for High A ball.
In over 100 fewer at bats with Clearwater than he had last season at Lakewood, Mickey already has more doubles, 24, a batting average 23 points higher and his slugging is 40 points higher. The Threshers still have 23 more games to go.
Defensively, Moniak’s range factor is up significantly from last season in centerfield according to Baseball Reference. Plus, he has played errorless ball all season.
After a slow start in the Florida State League, he is hitting .342 in his last ten games after hitting only .213 to start the season in April.
Last night Cabral’s homer was his fifth home run of the season, one more than all of last season.. His 35 RBIs are already 9 more than he drove-in all of last season.
After a great start where Edgar hit .375 in April, his average fell to .214 in May and .211 in June. He has rebounded to .286 in July and is hitting for the same average so far in August. In his last three game he is 6 for 11.
Cabral’s caught stealing has seen a big drop-off this season. The threw out 46% last year with Lakewood but only 28% this season. This compared to 54% (11 0f 13) last season in 21 games with Clearwater after he was called up from Lakewood where he threw out 46%.
Two Threshers players who are finishing strong are Mickey Moniak and Edgar Cabral. They are two guys to watch as the Threshers try to hang on to their one-half game lead in the FSL’s Northern Division.