The Clearwater Threshers roster should look pretty familiar to BlueClaws fans. All but two players on it played for the BlueClaws (P Victor Arano came to the Phillies to complete the Roberto Hernandez deal two years ago and P Thomas Eshelman came to the Phillies in the Ken Giles trade in December, going straight to Clearwater from the NY-Penn League).
What should also look familiar to BlueClaws fans? Strong pitching from guys that thrived with Lakewood last year. In fact, the Threshers staff has an ERA of 1.89 (!) over 17 games and has already thrown four shutouts. Let’s take a look.
- LHP Elniery Garcia has given up one run in 19 innings with 17 strikeouts and four walks. He had a 3.23 ERA with the BlueClaws last year, including a 2.64 ERA in the second half.
- RHP Ranfi Casimiro has given up three earned runs in 16 innings with 20 strikeouts and four walks. He had a 3.35 ERA with Lakewood last year and a 3.10 ERA in the second half.
- RHP Tyler Viza has allowed two earned runs in 17.2 innings with 17 strikeouts and two walks. Viza had a 3.3.38 ERA with Lakewood last year 3.14 in the second half.
Out of the bullpen, Jairo Munoz has allowed one run in seven innings, Jesen Therrien has allowed one earned run in 9.1 innings with 15 strikeouts, Matt Hockenberry has not allowed a run in 6.2 innings with five strikeouts, and Alexis Rivero has not allowed a run in 8.1 innings with 11 strikeouts.
Pitching coach Aaron Fultz, who worked with these players last year in Lakewood, has done a great job helping them develop, and the early returns in 2016 are very strong.