As season ticket holders for the Clearwater Threshers, I am not a fan of “rehab” baseball. The $520.00 is what we pay for a two season tickets packages, which the Threshers Front Office is quick to remind us, is a bargain. We buy them for development baseball, not rehab baseball-which they never tell us about!
That being said we give credit to two MLB players who gave all they had in their recent rehab stints with the Threshers. Last week, we watched Wilson Ramos hit three doubles in one game and in another game score a key run for the win, catching all nine innings. Last night, 13-year pro ball rehabber Pedro Florimon gave it all he had in going 3 for 4, only a home run short of the cycle.
On the other hand, we came to Spectrum Field last night to see the likes of David Parkinson pitch a six-inning, two hitter, watch HERE. Mickey Moniak hit in his tenth consecutive game by banging a two-run double off the wall in right, watch HERE and see an RBI from Daniel Brito who hit ball which was ruled a ground rule double. The ball lodged on top of the 2008 World Series billboard wall in right but below the home run fence line, watch HERE.
Catcher Henri Latigue put on a clinic by throwing out a base stealer and blocking wild pitches by using all the tools of his trade including his mask to keep the shutout intact. He makes a blocking slide on a pitch from Trevor Bettencourt to preserve the shutout with two out and a runner on third in the 9th inning. Watch HERE.
Right fielder Kevin Markham laid out and made a diving catch. Watch HERE. Grenny Cumana patrolled the warning track in left catching every ball hit his way and we saw two double plays from Gamboa to Brito to Martin. Watch one of them in the ninth inning HERE.
The Threshers downed the Bradenton Marauders 5-0, last night. As you watched above, it took strong pitching, great defense and timely hitting to get the shutout. That works in any league.
Yes, they won in part to Florimon’s bat but this is not what the Florida State League is all about. I can do without Jerad Eickoff still trying in August to get his arm ready to start the 2018 major league season or J.P. Crawford who struck out 14 times in his recent 12 game Threshers rehab assignment. That’s what the GCL should be for!