It’s still early in the season but the Phillies A ball teams continue to struggle to be competitive. Last night the Phillies High A team went down to one of the best teams in Florida State League, the Bradenton Marauders, 4-2 to fall seven games under .500. In Low A, Lakewood is 11 games under .500 in the South Atlantic League. Right now they have one of the worst combined records in all of A ball, 18 games under .500 after the first six weeks of the season.
The A ball level teams are the life blood of major league organizations. They can predict the future. Last season was different for the Phillies. The two A ball teams both made the playoffs and Lakewood made it to the SAL finals. This year they are both barely competitive, battling to stay out of last place in both leagues.
Watching Bradenton play the last two nights in Clearwater, you could see the difference. The Marauders played better all around. They hit, hit with power, fielded, ran the bases and pitched well. On the other hand, the Threshers could only squeeze out two runs in 18 innings of baseball against them.
The Threshers are already down two starting pitchers. Top pitchers, Spencer Howard and Kyle Young have been shutdown and put on the Injured List. Another starter, Andrew Brown, has to work on lowering his 9.53 ERA. The two pitchers they received back from Lakewood barely hit 90 mph with their fastballs.
Last night in the third inning, we watched how a run is manufactured by the two of Clearwater’s best players. Simon Muzziotti singled, stole second, went to third on the throw and scored on Alec Bohm’s sacrifice fly. Watch HERE.
Then, we saw how back-to-back doubles in the fourth inning by Jake Scheiner and Edgar Cabral resulted in the Threshers second run but that was it. Watch HERE. The Threshers were shutout after that by Bradenton pitching after that in the 4-2 loss.
Still, the season is only six weeks old but it feels like it has been much longer for us Threshers season ticket holders. Help, does not seem to be on the way!