Standout tools in college, based on votes from major league scouting directors. Text by Aaron Fitt.
BEST ATHLETE: Trea Turner, ss, N.C. State. Blazing runner can make acrobatic plays at shortstop and typifies “quick-twitch.”
Other candidates: Bradley Zimmer, of, San Francisco; Derek Fisher, of, Virginia; Mark Laird, of, LSU; Greg Allen, of, San Diego State; Brian Anderson, 2b, Arkansas.
BEST HITTER: Kyle Schwarber, c, Indiana. Lefthanded hitter can drive the ball to all fields with disciplined approach for a slugger (72/61 BB/SO in career).
Other candidates: Michael Conforto, of, Oregon State; Derek Fisher, of, Virginia; Turner; Max Pentecost, c, Kennesaw State.
BEST POWER: Schwarber. A workout fiend with prodigious strength, Schwarber hit 18 homers last year—more than any other returning player.
Other candidates: Conforto; Casey Gillaspie, 1b, Wichita State; Kevin Cron, 1b, Texas Christian; Taylor Sparks, 3b, UC Irvine; J.D. Davis, of, Cal State Fullerton.
BEST SPEED: Turner. A true 80 runner, Turner recovered from sophomore year ankle injury to run a 6.32-second 60 this fall.
Other candidates: Tanner English, of, South Carolina; Laird; Allen.
BEST DEFENDER: Turner. A third baseman as a freshman, Turner showed he has the range, actions and arm strength to be a good shortstop last year.
Other candidates: Allen; Austin Cousino, of, Kentucky; Matt Chapman, ss/3b, Cal State Fullerton; Aramis Garcia, c, Florida International.
BEST INFIELD ARM: Chapman. Chapman flashed high-90s heat off the mound for Team USA last summer, and his arm is a huge asset on left side of infield.
Other candidates: Joey Pankake, ss/3b, South Carolina; Sparks; Turner.
BEST OUTFIELD ARM: Dylan Davis, of, Oregon State. Righthander has shown 95-97 mph heat off the mound, and his arm strength plays in right field.
Other candidates: Zimmer; J.D. Davis, if/of, Cal State Fullerton; Brandon Downes, of, Virginia.
BEST FASTBALL: Nick Burdi, rhp, Louisville. First-team preseason All-America closer works comfortably in the high 90s and has topped out at 101 mph.
Other candidates: Carlos Rodon, lhp, N.C. State; Michael Cederoth, rhp, San Diego State; Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina.
BEST SECONDARY PITCH: Rodon. WIth a devastating power slider that earns 70 and even 80 grades, Rodon ran away with the scouting director vote in this category.
Other candidates: Finnegan (slider); Burdi (slider); Hoffman (curveball); Luke Weaver, rhp, Florida State (changeup).
BEST COMMAND: Aaron Nola, rhp, Louisiana State. Nola hammers the strike zone with all three of his quality offerings.
Other candidates: Rodon; Weaver; Erick Fedde, rhp, UNLV.
CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: Rodon. Many scouts believe Rodon was good enough to get big league hitters out last year. He should fly to the majors.
Other candidates: Burdi; Nola; Finnegan; Turner; Weaver.