When I go to a game, I try to watch to see if any players have major league potential. Last night I managed to find three Clearwater Threshers who showed they might have that potential: second baseman, Daniel Brito, middle relief pitcher Alberto Triado and catcher Henri Lartigue.
For some reason, the Phillies are fast tracking the baseball age 20, keystone combination of second baseman Daniel Brito and shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa. Brito started the season in Lakewood but after hitting only .252 there he has been rushed to high A 16 games ago. Gamboa started the season with the Threshers and is now hitting only .213 in nearly 400 at bats.
By watching them, you can see both have major league potential. Last night Brito hit a long double to the wall in center field, watch HERE. Gamboa did not play in order to make way for the perpetually rehabbing 31-year-old Pedro Florimon at shortstop.
At the trading deadline back in 2015, the Phillies traded the forgettable Ben Revere to the Toronto Blue Jays for Tirado and Jimmy Cordero who is now pitching for the Nationals. The 23-year-old Tirado has pitched in parts of four seasons for the Threshers. He is now a seldom used middle reliever but he has a major league arm. Last night he racked up three strikeouts in 2.2 shutout innings, relying on a fastball that was clocked at 96 mph and a knee buckling breaking ball. Watch HERE.
Henri Lartigue definitely has major league potential behind the plate and at the bat as a switch-hitter. Last night he threw out a runner at second who tried to advance on a pitch in the dirt. Then, in the eight inning, he drove in the only Threshers run, in the 5-1 loss to the Dunedin Blue jays, with a line drive base hit to right. Watch HERE.
Remember the names Brito, Tirado and Lartigue. They all showed last night that they have major league potential. Now all they need to do is develop it.