Thursday, June 21, 2007

2007 Clearwater Threshers – First Half in Review

The first half of the 2007 Clearwater Threshers season is officially in the books.

Record and Attendance
The Threshers finished the first half with a 39-31 (.557) record which was good for third place just four games behind the division-winning Sarasota Reds.

At home the Threshers were 20-14 (.588). The Threshers road record was 19-17 (.528).

The Threshers had 32 openings at Bright House Networks Field and announced a total of 79,525 guests which works out to an average of 2,485 which puts us slightly behind the Daytona Cubs.

Greg Golson led the team in games (69), at-bats (292), runs (45), hits (77), doubles (19), total bases (121), and stolen bases (20). These stats also put him near the top of the FSL in the all of those categories.

Jeremy Slayden led the team in home runs (8), RBIs (42), walks (43), and on-base percentage (.398). Those stats also put him near the top of the FSL in all of those categories. He also has the longest hitting streak of any Threshers player this season. He was 20 for 42 for a .476 batting average during a twelve game period between April 28 and May 9. He also hit three home runs during that span. He made it on-base at least once 24 games in a row between April 23 and May 17.

Mike Spidale led the team in triples with four. That puts him in eighth place in the FSL. He also had the best batting average on the team with runners on base (.312) and with runners in scoring position and two outs (.323).

Clay Harris was the best hitter with the bases loaded. He hit .333 and had eight RBIs in those situations.

Lou Marson was the best hitter (.328) with runners in scoring position. Marson also had the fourth-best caught stealing/stolen bases efficiency stats in the FSL (.333).

Matt Thayer was the best hitter at home (.321).

Welinson Baez was the best hitter on the road (.286).

Threshers batters combined to put Clearwater in the top half of the FSL in runs (314), doubles (116), triples (19), RBIs (293), walks (226), and stolen bases (56).

Andrew Carpenter led the FSL in wins with seven.

Josh Outman led the team in ERA (2.79), Innings Pitched (80.2), and Strikeouts (78). Those stats put him near the top of the FSL in all of those categories. His opponents batting avereage of .143 led Threshers pitchers when facing a situation with runners in scoring position.

Brett Harker led the team in saves with 11.

Carlos Carrasco led the team in WHIP (1.02). He was the best pitcher on the mound with runners on base on allowing them to hit .195 against him in those situations.

Threshers pitching was in the top half of the FSL in ERA (3.69), hits allowed (555), runs allowed (285), earned runs (250), strikeouts (520), and WHIP (1.31). The Threshers led the league or were tied for the league lead in shutouts (8) and saves (26).

Carlos Carrasco, Andrew Carpenter, Patrick Overholt, Lou Marson, and Jeremy Slayden were named to the 2007 FSL West Division All-Star Team. Patrick Overholt did not make the trip due to his promotion to Reading, and Greg Golson was added to the team later as an injury replacement. Slayden won the Home Run Derby.

Award Winners
FSL Pitcher of the Week - Josh Outman

Phillies Minor Leauge Pitcher of the Week - Daniel Brauer, Patrick Overholt, Zac Stott, Carlos Carrasco (twice)

Phillies Minor League Player of the Week- Clay Harris

Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month - Patrick Overholt (April), Zac Stott (May)

Phillies Minor League Player of the Month - Greg Golson (April)

Fun Facts
The Threshers were undefeated (33-0) when leading after eight innings.

The Threshers were 33-11 when scoring first.

The most runs that the Threshers scored in a game was 11. This happened April 26 at Lakeland and June 14 at Dunedin.

The most hits that the Threshers recorded in a game was 15.

The Threshers best month in the win-loss column was April. Their record was 16-8 (.667).

Threshers batters were hottest in the month of May with a .266 combined batting average.

Threshers pitchers were hottest in the month of April with a combined 2.29 ERA.

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