The Clearwater Threshers set a new record for single-season attendance at Bright House Field in 2014, but hardly set an records on the field.
A total of 195,063 attended Threshers’ home games while the team finished with the worst record (49-89) in the Florida State League. Clearwater went 20-51 at home and ended its season 28 games behind the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Several players on the Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster made rehab appearances with the Threshers in 2014, probably a good reason so many people came out to watch games. Carlos Ruiz, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels all worked back from injury with some time in Threshers uniforms.
Some rising stars also spent time with the Threshers, including eight of the Phillies top 20 prospects.
The Phillies number one overall prospect, J.P. Crawford, played 63 games with the Threshers. The shortstop hit .275 with a .759 OPS, knocking eight homers and compiling 29 RBIs in the process. He stole 10 bases, but was caught seven times. The Phillies’ top pick in the 2013 draft led the team in errors with 17.
Roman Quinn, headed for the Arizona Fall League, played a full season in a Clearwater uniform and bounced back from a broken wrist in 2013. He did get a late start to this season since he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the offseason. The switch-hitter led the team in stolen bases with 32 and finished his season with a .257 average.
Right fielder Brian Pointer and first baseman Art Charles finished tied with a team-leading 102 hits. They were also the top two home run hitters on the team, Charles with 19 and Pointer with 15.
In 2013 the Threshers finished 67-68.