Commentary: Threshers' Best Tools 2013-17

Categories Include Best Power Hitter, Best Fastball, Best Defensive Infielders, Best Speed

Clearwater Threshers pitcher Sixto Sanchez / Best Fastball (Nathan Ray)

By Kirsten Karbach / Clearwater Threshers | January 17, 2018 10:45 AM

Voice of the Threshers, broadcaster Kirsten Karbach, offers her perspective on the players with the best tools to come through Clearwater in the last five years. 



Kirsten Karbach has been the Voice of the Threshers for the last four seasons, and a member of the Threshers broadcast team since 2013. These superlatives are based primarily on performance during the player's time in Clearwater, but development since then is also taken into consideration.



Best Plate Discipline:

J.P. Crawford (2014)


Best Contact Hitter:

Willians Astudillo (2015)


Best Speed:

Roman Quinn (2014)


Best Power Hitter:

Tie - Kyle Martin (2016), Art Charles (2014)

Martin and Charles are tied for the most home runs in a single-season by a Clearwater batter (19) since the team became known as the Threshers in 2004.

Honorable Mentions: Rhys Hoskins (2015), Dylan Cozens (2015)




Best Defensive Infielders:

1B - Kyle Martin (2016)

2B - Carlos Alonso (2013)

SS - JP Crawford (2014)

3B - Mitch Walding (2015-16)

Scott Kingery was a close second to Alonso, but had to give the edge to the former Minor League Gold Glove Award Winner.


Best Defensive Outfielder:

Aaron Altherr (2013)

Honorable Mentions: Carlos Tocci (2016), Aaron Brown (2015), Mark Laird (2017)


Best at Limiting the Running Game (Catcher):

Logan Moore (2013)

Honorable Mention - Chace Numata (2016)


Best at Limiting the Running Game (Pitcher):

Cole Irvin (2017)




Best Fastball:

Sixto Sanchez (2017)

Honorable Mentions: Alberto Tirado (as a reliever, 2015), Ken Giles (2013)


Best Changeup:

Jose Taveras (2017)


Best Slider:

Alberto Tirado (2015)

Nasty movement, although struggled to control it.


Best Curveball:

Elniery Garcia (2016)

Based on break and ability to throw it for strikes.

Honorable Mentions: Aaron Nola, Drew Anderson. 

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