I alway like players who come up big when it counts. Clearwater Threshers now first baseman, Austin Listi, is one of those clutch players.
In Saturday night’s Florida State League All-Star Game, Listi drove in three runs to lead the Northern Division to a 5-0 win over the Southern Division.
Listi has been doing it with his bat all season. He leads the FSL among active players in many offensive catergories. He leads in hitting with his .344 average. He tops the FSL leader board in RBIs, Total Bases, OBP and OPS. His OPS of 1.oi9 is one of the highest in the minor leagues.
He has been battling Port Charlotte’s Nathaniel Lowe all season in most FSL offensive categories. The Tampa Rays minor league department wisely promoted Lowe to AA ten days ago.
What Listi did earlier in the week in FSL action against the Tampa Tarpons summed up his first half. He he hit a two-run homer early in the game and later walked off the Tarpons with a game winning single. Watch HERE.
What impresses me the most is his ability to hit with runners in scoring position (RISP). Last night at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa he had one-run and two-run RBI singles as the designated hitter. (Read HERE).
He is hitting an amazing .418 with runners in scoring position (RISP) in the first half of the season. The first half comes to an end after the three game series in Bradenton starting on Monday.
Listi deserves to get a call-up to either Reading or even Lehigh Valley. He has earned it the old fashion way with his play on the field!