We walked down the street a few blocks from our home in Dunedin FL to watch the start of the final series of the season for the Phillies Low A Clearwater Threshers. They won the first game of a twin bill by 6-3 over the Blue Jays farm team but lost the second game on a seven inning no-hitter, 3-0.
In the first game, it took until the fifth inning for the Threshers to score runs. They put up five runs in the inning on a bases loaded walk by center fielder Ethan Wilson, an RBI base hit by second baseman Jamari Baylor, a two-run single by shortstop Casey Martin and a hard hit single down the right field line by Jared Carr.
The Threshers added an insurance run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Carr after Wilson had doubled to the base of the center field wall and another base hit by Baylor.
We have been particularly impressed by Carr playing in left who now has 16 RBIs since being taken in this summer’s draft in the 13th round. He is hitting .286 with a .884 OPS in 91 at bats.
Left handed closer, Jared Wetherbee looks like a real prospect. He was a college free agent signing over the summer and retired all three right handed batters he faced for the save in the seventh inning. He was throwing a 90 mph fast ball and a late breaking 12 to 6 curve ball.
The Phillies have some interesting talent at Low A but as the second game showed, better pitching can shut them all down.