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FSL: Threshers Throw No-Hitter, Gain Early Second Half Lead in North

The Clearwater Threshers are off to a hot start in the Second Half of the Florida State League season.  After finishing 36-30 in the First Half, the Threshers sat 5.5 games behind North Division leading Dunedin.  Clearwater found themselves victors in both series this week.  First, a 3-2 series win over Bradenton and then a 3-1 series win over Daytona.

The highlight of the week came on Saturday, with a No-Hitter by pitchers Kyle Glogoski, Tyler Carr and Keylan Killgore.  In the 5-0 win over the Tortugas, Glogoski went 5 innings, giving up 2 walks with 5 strikeouts.  Prior to Saturday, Glogoski was the winning pitcher in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday before being promoted from Lakewood to Clearwater.  Glogoski went 3-1 with a 1.30 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 45 strikeouts in 27.5 innings of work for the BlueClaws.  Last season, his stats with the GCL Phillies were equally as impressive.  His consistency thus far gives Phillies fans something to keep an eye on in the FSL this Summer.

In 2018, Tyler Carr was drafted by the Phillies in the 31st Round, out of South Alabama.  After a strong performance in Lakewood, Carr was promoted to Clearwater on May 20th.  He’s already appeared in 9 games for the Threshers (18.1 innings), posting a 1.96 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 16 Ks.  Carr continues to demonstrate his abilities as a middle reliever, a role of growing importance in MLB.

Keylan Killgore was also drafted in 2018, in the 17th Round out of Wichita State.  Killgore has worked his way into the Closer role with Clearwater, as Jonathan Hennigan was was assigned to Reading in late May.  An impressive 33 strikeouts in 26 innings of work, KIllgore is already tied for 2nd for Saves in the FSL.

This trifecta of arms for Clearwater puts them in a strong position to compete in the Second Half.  As a pitching staff, the Threshers lead the FSL in strikeouts with 728.  The second closest is Fort Myers with 668.  Their bats aren’t hurting either.  The Threshers are first in Batting Average (.256), Slugging % (.389), RBIs (297), Hits (622) and Total Bases (946).

As we head into July, the Clearwater Thresers are heating up and poised for a run at the FSL Playoffs.

 

Brian Koss

Brian has been a contributing writer to Legends on Deck since April 2017. He’s a diehard Detroit Tigers fan, who grew up playing and following baseball in the suburbs of Detroit. He covers the Tigers and their farm system for LOD and also likes writing about the general state of baseball. Brian and his family reside in the suburbs of Orlando, where he enjoys coaching Little League and passing on his love of the game to the next generation.
Brian Koss
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