As we moved on in our best tools series from the Cleveland system in 2021, we hit the best curveball today. This category is mostly the eye test, looking at the best curveballs to get hitters out both now and hopefully in the majors some days, but takes into account things like spin direction, shape, command and feel for the pitch.

The voting/ranking, as we’ve detailed, is one point for third, two for second and three points for the top vote on the lists of our evaluators, Justin Lada, Willie Hood and Joe Coblitz.

Justin Lada’s best curveball in the Cleveland system in 2021

RankPlayerPoints
1 LHP Doug Nikhazy3
2RHP Nick Mikolajchak2
3RHP Xzavion Curry1

Willie Hood’s best curveball in the Cleveland system in 2021

RankPlayerPoints
1RHP Xzavion Curry3
2RHP Cody Morris2
3RHP Gavin Williams1

Joe Coblitz’s best curveball in the Cleveland system in 2021

RankPlayerPoints
1RHP Xzavion Curry3
2RHP Cody Morris2
3LHP Francisco Perez1

Best curveball in Cleveland’s system in 2021 – RHP Xzavion Curry

RankPlayerTotal Points
1RHP Xzavion Curry7
2RHP Cody Morris3
3LHP Doug Nikhazy3
4RHP Nick Mikolajchak2
5LHP Francisco Perez1
6RHP Gavin Williams1

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