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Chris Threadgill used his speed over three pro seasons; Topped out at single-A, played alongside brother

The Quad City Angels readied for the 1988 season and The Quad-City Times noted the team's speed, including newcomer Chris Threadgill.

"That's the type of team you've got to have in this league," Quad City manager Eddie Rodriguez told The Times. "I believe that you've got to put some pressure on the defense, force them to make some mistakes. We're definitely going to be looking to manufacture some runs."

Threadgill worked to manufacture runs over the three seasons. Those seasons marked the extent of his pro career. He topped out at single-A.

Threadgill's career began in 1988, taken by the Angels the previous year in the third round of the draft out of Whiteville High School in North Carolina.

In Whiteville, Threadgill also played for the local American Legion post, along with his brother Henry Threadgill

In August 1985, Chris Threadgill tripled and hit a fielder's choice to score the winning run in the state championship game. In 1986, he hit .375 by the end of July.

That August in 1986, The Rocky Mount Telegram described the Rocky Mount team hitting the ball hard in one game, but "either it went directly to a player or speedy Chris Threadgill ran it down in the outfield."

With the Angels, Threadgill played his first season in 1988 between Quad City and short-season Bend. He saw 97 games and stole 18 total bases. He hit .222.

He moved to single-A Palm Springs for 1989. He saw 62 games there, but hit .159.

For 1990, he returned to Quad City. He also got to play alongside his brother Henry Threadgill, also with the Angels. 

That April, Henry Threadgill spoke to The Moline Dispatch about playing with his brother Chris.

"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."

Chris Threadgill, however, saw 44 games. He hit .167 and was released at the end of June, ending his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,039
Made the Majors:1,342-33.2%
Never Made Majors:2,697-66.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:547
10+ Seasons in the Minors:333

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