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4/2/24 : Clearwater Threshers Opening Roster


The team website now has the opening roster listed as transactions have posted.  Here’s a look at the initial roster for the 2024 Threshers.  The average age of the team is 22 years old.


Pitchers : 17 - average age : 22


Starters/Bulk Relievers : pitchers who are expected to throw extended innings each outing.


RH Jake Eddington - 22 years old - 2023 7th round draft selection - Missouri State - has yet to appear in a professional game - started in 14 of his 15 appearances in college during the 2023 season - will be part of the starting rotation - very good spring camps. Big arm capabilities.


LH Mavis Graves - 20 years old - 2022 6th round draft selection - Eastside HS , Taylors, SC - finished the 2023 season strong in the FCL - is throwing really well, will be part of the starting rotation.  Has had an outstanding spring camp.


RH Micah Ottenbreit - 20 years old - 2021 4th round draft selection - Trenton HS , Trenton, MI - spent 2023 rehabbing from TJ surgery - is now ready to go -  has all the goods to advance - will be part of the starting rotation.  Really like his stuff, as I’ve said before reminds me a lot of former Phillie Andy Ashby.


RH George Klassen - 22 years old - 2023 6th round draft selection - University of Minnesota - has yet to pitch in a professional game - big arm, triple digits fastball - started 13 of his 14 appearances in college in 2023 - will be part of the starting rotation. Had strong camps entering into the season.


RH Jose Pena Jr - 20 years old - 2021 6th round draft selection - Tampa Prep HS , Tampa, FL - has spent last two seasons in the FCL - velocity has built up and has an outstanding curve ball - will be part of the starting rotation.  This kid can take off - keep an eye out for him.


RH Luke Russo - 23 years old -2023 16th round draft selection - Eastern Michigan University - did not pitch in a pro game in 2023 - features a fastball that sits in the mid-nineties and has a plus breaking ball.


RH Casey Steward - 21 years old - 2023 19th round draft pick - Washburn University - appeared in five games in 2023 with the FCL Phillies and Threshers - was a starting pitcher in college - will spot start and pitch bulk relief - had a very strong spring camp - I like his skill set a lot - could be a stand out.



Relievers :


RH Jayden Estanista - 22 years old - from Willemstad, Curacao - signed 11/8/19 - 2023 was a year of personal growth which was also hampered by some injury setbacks - has a big time arm, upper nineties velocity.


RH Brandon Beckel - 22 years old - 2023 12th round draft selection - Texas Tech - was a back end reliever in college - pitched in just four games last year after being drafted.


RH Ethan Chenault - 23 years old - 2023 18th round draft selection - UNC Wilmington - did not pitch in a professional game last season.  Has big spin on breaking pitches - velo on fastball is sitting 93-96 mph - one to watch.


RH Chase Hopewell - 23 years old - signed as an un-drafted free agent 7/29/23 from the University of Cincinnati - made two appearances with the 2023 FCL Phillies - started in 26 of his 40 collegiate appearances.


RH Saul Teran - 22 years old - signed 2/2/21 - Caracas, Venezuela - finished the ‘23 season with the Threshers appearing in six games after pitching in fifteen with the FCL Phillies as a back end hurler, has strikeout stuff.


RH Drew Garrett - 23 years old - 2022 19th round draft selection - University of Missouri - was activated from the IL on 7/5/23 and appeared in 12 FCL games - his first pro action after rehabbing from TJ surgery.


RH Paxton Thompson - 24 years old - signed 8/4/23 as an un-drafted free agent - University of Charlotte - made six appearances with the FCL Phillies and Threshers in 2023 - five with Clearwater.  Pitched in multiple Grapefruit League games this spring.


RH Brayden Tucker - 24 years old - signed 7/19/23 as an un-drafted free agent - Lipscomb University - appeared in five games with the FCL Phillies and Threshers in 2023 - was a starter during his year at Lipscomb but primarily a reliever at the University of Indiana before that.


RH Trey Dillard - 25 years old - signed as a free agent 7/25/23 - Texas A&M - He was selected in the 16th round of the 2018 draft by the Dodgers but did not sign.  Pitched for the University of Missouri before transferring to Texas A&M.  Has battled back from injuries including two TJ surgeries - upper nineties heat.


RH Hunter Loyd - 23 years old - signed as an un-drafted free agent from Campbell University on 7/18/23 -  appeared in seven games in 2023 - six with the Threshers -  was a starting pitcher during his collegiate career - can pitch multiple innings.


Position Players : 15 : average age : 21


Catchers : 3


Kehden Hettiger - 19 years old - 2023 11th round draft selection - Sierra Canyon HS, Chatsworth, CA - switch hitter - played in 10 FCL games in 2023 - very strong throwing arm - left handed hitter with pop.


Lou Albrecht - 22 years old - signed 7/21/23 as an un-drafted free agent - Central Arizona JC - RH hitter - played in five games with the FCL Phillies in 2023.  Solid defender.


Luis Caicuto - 21 years old - selected in 2023 minor league rule five draft from Diamondbacks organization - signed by Arizona on 7/2/19 from Lecheria, Venezuela - RH hitter - Played in just nine games last season in AZL due to injuries, prior season played in 30 games and hit .352.  Good bat.


Infielders :  7


Keaton Anthony - 22 years old - signed as an un-drafted free agent - 1/18/23 - University of Iowa - RH power hitter - played in 16 games in 2023 with the FCL Phillies and Threshers - first baseman.


Dakota Kotowski - 24 years old - signed as an un-drafted free agent 7/25/22 - Missouri State University - played in 49 games with FCL Phillies (42) and Clearwater Threshers (7) in 2023 - was FCL league MVP - worked diligently to convert to a first baseman - powerful RH hitter.


Trent Farquhar - 23 years old - signed 7/19/23 as an un-drafted free agent from Michigan State University - played in 16 games in 2023 with the FCL Phillies and Threshers at second base.  Smart, heady player.


Aidan Miller - 19 years old - 2023 1st round draft selection - Mitchell HS , New Port Richey, FL - RH hitter - played in 26 games in 2023 with the FCL Phillies and Clearwater Threshers - all at shortstop defensively.  Big bat.  Will see action this coming season at both shortstop and third base.


Nikau Pouaka-Grego - 19 years old - signed 1/17/22 from Christchurch, New Zealand - missed the entire 2023 season after undergoing an ACL reconstruction - outstanding hitting skills - LH batter - likely sees time at both second and third base.


Devin Saltiban - 19 years old - 2023 3rd round draft selection - Hilo HS , Hilo, HI - advanced offensive skills - RH hitter - has both speed and power - played in 10 games with the FCL Phillies in 2023 - great athleticism - will continue to learn the infield positions but will also be used in a utility role even perhaps playing some in the outfield.  Really quick hands, outstanding hitter.


Bryson Ware - 23 years old - 2023 8th round draft selection - University of Auburn - played in 26 games with the FCL Phillies and Threshers in 2023 - RH hitter - plays both second and third base - power bat - solid spring - excellent hitter.


Outfielders : 5


Raylin Heredia - 20 years old - signed 2/2/21 - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - RH hitter - played in 58 games (23 with Threshers) in 2023 with the FCL Phillies and Clearwater - had an outstanding season - has all the tools to become a big leaguer - likely a Threshers lineup regular - can play all three outfield spots - has a right fielder’s plus arm.


Avery Owusu-Asiedu  - 20 years old - 2023 9th round draft selection - Southern Illinois-Edwardsville - RH hitter - little known fact is that internal data from sprints reflect that Avery is the fastest player in the organization.  He’s an excellent center fielder and finished last year strong offensively as well in the FCL.


TJayy Walton - 19 years old - 2023 4th round draft selection - IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL - RH hitter - saw limited action with FCL Phillies in 2023 appearing in five games due to a hamstring issue.  Is a physical specimen - in the limited action we saw him has shown the ability to drive the baseball with authority.


Pierce Bennett - 22 years old - 2023 20th round draft selection - Wake Forest University - played in 8 games with the FCL Phillies in 2023 - RH hitter - plays second base and the outfield.


Jordan Viars - 20 years old - 2021 3rd round draft selection - Reedy HS , Frisco, TX - LH hitter - played in 87 games with the Threshers last season finishing strong with big playoff performances.  Power bat from the left side.


Happy Day, Happy Baseball ⚾️




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