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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Henry Threadgill had brief career, but had career night in August 1990; Made single-A

Henry Threadgill had probably the biggest night of his young career in this August 1990 contest as he hit two home runs, his first two on the season, The Rock Island Argus wrote.

Threadgill explained afterward to The Argus that he just felt comfortable at the plate, "like I'm sitting in an easy-chair."

"The first of the season I couldn't get a rhythm going, but right now I'm getting my chance to play and show what I can do," Threadgill told The Argus. "I guess in my view, I just hope that they'll keep me around for a little while."

Threadgill, however, couldn't keep it up. Those two home runs proved his only home runs on the season. That season, his second as a pro, also proved his last. He topped out at single-A.

Threadgill's career began in 1989, taken by the Angels in the 34th round of the draft out of Clemson University.

Threadgill started with the Angels at short-season Bend. He hit .234 in 13 games there.

He then moved to single-A Quad City. He also joined his brother, Chris Threadgill, also an Angels minor leaguer, in Quad City. He spoke to The Moline Dispatch that April about being able to play with his brother.

"Brother or friend, when you have a bad day it's nice to have someone who knows you," Henry Threadgill told The Dispatch. "I have that in my brother and you have it in someone you've played the game with before."

Henry Threadgill started off in a slump, only hitting .053 by late-May, The Argus wrote. He then walked three times and got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, something that still impressed his manager Don Long.

"To me that was a heckuva play," Long told The Argus. "Those are the kinds of aggressive plays we need to make."

Threadgill ended up hitting .216 on the year in 75 games as he helped Quad City on to the league title in his final season as a pro.

A decade later, Threadgill had settled in South Carolina and was working making cars. He was also a new father.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,020
Made the Majors:1,338-33.3%
Never Made Majors:2,682-66.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:547
10+ Seasons in the Minors:331

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