Four pitchers and three position players from the Clearwater Threshers were named to the Florida State League's All-Star Game, which is scheduled for later this month in Lakeland.
Seranthony Dominguez, Cole Irvin, Jeff Singer and Jose Taveras will be among the pitchers on the Florida State League's North roster for the annual all-star game. Catcher Deivi Grullon, second baseman Drew Stankiewicz and outfielder Zach Coppola were also named to the team's roster. Dominguez hasn't pitched since mid-May after experiencing shoulder and neck pain in a game. Dominguez recently had an MRI which came back negative for any structural damage, but there is no timetable for him to return to the mound. In seven games, six starts, Dominguez went 3-0, with a 2.02 ERA for Clearwater this season.
Taveras leads the Clearwater staff with four wins this season, and has compiled a 2.26 ERA in nine starts. The 23-year old right-hander is a product of the Phillies Dominican program and has been impressive this season, his first with the Threshers. In his nine starts, Taveras has only allowed more than two runs in one of his outings, and has held opponents to one run in six of those starts and threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings in an outing against Palm Beach earlier in the season.
Cole Irvin, 23, has a sub-par 3-6 record, but his ERA is just 3.18 through nine games, eight of which were starts. Most of Irvin's problems have come on the road, where he has a 4.50 ERA, while posting just a 2.32 ERA at home. Ironically, just two of Irvin's losses came on the road, and he's in the midst of a personal five-game losing skid.
Singer leads the league in saves with 11, and has gone 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 19 relief appearances. The 23-year old left-hander has blown just one save opportunity with Clearwater this season. The Phillies signed Singer as a non-drafted free agent in October of 2015 out of Holy Cross High School in Delran, New Jersey.
Grullon, who is best known for his defensive skills behind the plate, has thrown out 37% of the runners attempting to steal against him this season. The 21-year old is hitting .276 this season and has a career mark of .243, playing in his fifth season in the minors. In his career, Grullon has thrown out 34% of would-be basestealers.
Stanikiewicz opened the season on a tear, hitting as high as .344 two weeks into the season and finishing the first month with a slash line of .305/.354/.441 with Clearwater. Since then, his average has dipped to .272, but he hit three home runs in May, compared to hitting just one in the opening month of the season. The 23-year old was drafted in the 11th round of the 2014 Draft.
For Coppola, 23, the 2017 season has been somewhat of a breakout season. While he came into the season with a robust .296 minor league average, nobody could have predicted that Coppola would open the year hitting .350 through the first two months of the year. The Phillies took Coppola with their 13th round pick in the 2015 Draft out of South Dakota State.