2014 Triple-A Best Tools

Baseball America asked Triple-A managers to break down the best players in a variety of categories.


2014 BEST TOOLS
MLB Triple-A Double-A High Class A Low Class A

INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE
Best Batting Prospect Gregory Polanco, Indianapolis (Pirates)
Best Power Prospect Steven Souza, Syracuse (Nationals)
Best Strike-Zone Judgment Mikie Mahtook, Durham (Rays)
Best Baserunner Steven Souza, Syracuse (Nationals)
Fastest Baserunner Ezequiel Carrera, Toledo (Tigers)
Best Pitching Prospect Marcus Stroman, Buffalo (Blue Jays)
Best Fastball Alex Meyer, Rochester (Twins)
Best Breaking Pitch Alex Meyer, Rochester (Twins)
Best Changeup Allen Webster, Pawtucket (Red Sox)
Best Control Liam Hendriks, Buffalo (Blue Jays)-x
Best Reliever Juan Jaime, Gwinnett (Braves)
Best Defensive Catcher Christian Vazquez, Pawtucket (Red Sox)
Best Defensive First Baseman Jordan Lennerton, Toledo (Tigers)
Best Defensive Second Baseman Carlos Sanchez, Charlotte (White Sox)
Best Defensive Third Baseman Maikel Franco, Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
Best Defensive Shortstop Hernan Perez, Toledo (Tigers)
Best Infield Arm Maikel Franco, Lehigh Valley (Phillies)
Best Defensive Outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, Durham (Rays)
Best Outfield Arm Steven Souza, Syracuse (Nationals)
Most Exciting Player Gregory Polanco, Indianapolis (Pirates)
Best Manager Prospect Ron Johnson, Norfolk (Orioles)

 


 

PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Best Batting Prospect Joc Pederson, Albuquerque (Dodgers)
Best Power Prospect Javier Baez, Iowa (Cubs)
Best Strike-Zone Judgment Joc Pederson, Albuquerque (Dodgers)
Best Baserunner Austin Wates, Oklahoma City (Astros)-y
Fastest Baserunner Paulo Orlando, Omaha (Royals)
Best Pitching Prospect Jimmy Nelson, Nashville (Brewers)
Best Fastball Aaron Poreda, Round Rock (Rangers)
Best Breaking Pitch Jimmy Nelson, Nashville (Brewers)
Best Changeup Rafael Montero, Las Vegas (Mets)
Best Control Kyle Hendricks, Iowa (Cubs)
Best Reliever Blake Parker, Iowa (Cubs)
Best Defensive Catcher Juan Centeno, Las Vegas (Mets)
Best Defensive First Baseman Efren Navarro, Salt Lake (Angels)
Best Defensive Second Baseman Arismendy Alcantara, Iowa (Cubs)
Best Defensive Third Baseman Kris Bryant, Iowa (Cubs)
Best Defensive Shortstop Nick Ahmed, Reno (Diamondbacks)
Best Infield Arm Javier Baez, Iowa (Cubs)
Best Defensive Outfielder Matt Sczczur, Iowa (Cubs)
Best Outfield Arm Jake Marisnick, New Orleans (Marlins)-z
Most Exciting Player Joc Pederson, Albuquerque (Dodgers)
Best Manager Prospect Phil Nevin, Reno (Diamondbacks)
x-Traded to Royals
y-Traded to Marlins
z-Traded to Astros