2015 High Class A Best Tools

Baseball America asked high Class A managers and coaches to break down the best players in a variety of categories.

2015 BEST TOOLS
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Category Player Org Video Player Org Video Player Org Video
Best Batting Prospect A.J. Reed Lancaster (Astros) Bradley Zimmer Lynchburg (Indians) Video Michael Conforto St. Lucie (Mets) Video
Best power prospect A.J. Reed Lancaster (Astros) Nellie Rodriguez Lynchburg (Indians) Clint Coulter Brevard County (Brewers)
Best Strike-Zone judgment A.J. Reed Lancaster (Astros) Mark Zagunis Myrtle Beach (Cubs) Video Austin Meadows Bradenton (Pirates)  Video
Best baserunner Timmy Lopes Bakersfield (Mariners) Adam Engel Winston-Salem (White Sox)  Video Yefri Perez Jupiter (Marlins)
Fastest baserunner Ian Miller Bakersfield (Mariners) Adam Engel Winston-Salem (White Sox)  Video Yefri Perez Jupiter (Marlins)
Best pitching prospect Antonio Senzatela Modesto (Rockies) Lucas Giolito Potomac (Nationals) Video Alex Reyes Palm Beach (Cardinals) Video
Best fastball Ray Black San Jose (Giants) Reynaldo Lopez Potomac (Nationals)  Video Alex Reyes Palm Beach (Cardinals) Video
Best breaking pitch John Richy Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) Lucas Giolito Potomac (Nationals) Video Alex Reyes Palm Beach (Cardinals) Video
Best changeup Sean Newcomb Inland Empire (Angels) Video Eric Skoglund Wilmington (Royals) Blake Snell Charlotte (Rays) Video
Best control Antonio Senzatela Modesto (Rockies)  Video Eric Skoglund Wilmington (Royals) Jorge Ortega Brevard County (Brewers)
Best reliever Jake Smith San Jose (Giants) Matt Marksberry Carolina (Braves) Akeel Morris St. Lucie (Mets)
Best defensive catcher Beau Taylor Stockton (Athletics) Spencer Kieboom Potomac (Nationals) Reese McGuire Bradenton (Pirates) Video
Best defensive 1b Cody Bellinger Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) Jacob Rogers Myrtle Beach (Cubs) Dominic Smith St. Lucie (Mets)
Best defensive 2b Branden Cogswell Stockton (Athletics) Ramon Torres Wilmington (Royals) Jeff McNeil St. Lucie (Mets)
Best defensive 3b Ryan McMahon Modesto (Rockies) Video Jeimer Candelario Myrtle Beach (Cubs)  Video Brian Anderson Jupiter (Marlins)
Best defensive ss Domingo Leyba Visalia (Diamondbacks) Video Johan Camargo Carolina (Braves) Amed Rosario St. Lucie (Mets)
Best infield arm Matt Chapman Stockton (Athletics) Jeimer Candelario Myrtle Beach (Cubs)  Video Willy Adames Charlotte (Rays) Video
Best defensive outfielder x-Brett Phillips Lancaster (Astros) Connor Lien Carolina (Braves) Yefri Perez Jupiter (Marlins)
Best outfield arm Royce Bolinger High Desert (Rangers) Bradley Zimmer Lynchburg (Indians) Video Clint Coulter Brevard County (Brewers)
Most exciting player x-Brett Phillips Lancaster (Astros) Bradley Zimmer Lynchburg (Indians) Video Willy Adames Charlotte (Rays) Video
Best manager prospect Bill Haselman Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers) Mark Johnson Myrtle Beach (Cubs) Luis Rojas St. Lucie (Mets)

 

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