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Rating The Best Tools

Compiled By Allan Simpson

Number in right column indicates player's ranking on Top 100 Prospects list.

Best Athlete

College
1John VanBenschoten, 1b/of, Kent State7
2Gabe Gross, of, Auburn 16
3Michael Woods, 2b, Southern 15
High School
1Roscoe Crosby, of, Buffalo, S.C. 9
2Michael Wilson, of, Tulsa 34
3Mike Jones, rhp, Phoenix 10

Best Pure Hitter

College
1Mark Teixeira, 3b, Georgia Tech 2
2John-Ford Griffin, of, Florida State 29
3Jake Gautreau, 3b, Tulane 12
High School
1Casey Kotchman, 1b, Seminole, Fla. 8
2Joe Mauer, c, St. Paul, Minn. 3
3David Wright, 3b, Chesapeake, Va. 45

Best Power Hitter

College
1Mark Teixeira, 3b, Georgia Tech 2
2John VanBenschoten, 1b/of, Kent State 7
3Shelley Duncan, of, Arizona 74
High School
1Casey Kotchman, 1b, Seminole, Fla. 8
2Brad Nelson, 3b, Algona, Iowa 72
3Joe Mauer, c, St. Paul, Minn. 3

Fastest Baserunner

College
1Chris Burke, ss, Tennessee 25
2John VanBenschoten, 1b/of, Kent State 7
3Michael Woods, 2b, Southern 15
High School
1Roscoe Crosby, of, Buffalo, S.C. 9
2Michael Wilson, of, Tulsa 34
3Matt Macri, ss, Clive, Iowa 28

Best Arm Strength

College
1John VanBenschoten, 1b/of, Kent State 7
2Bobby Crosby, ss, Long Beach State 46
3J.T. Stotts, ss, Cal State Northridge 90
High School
1Matt Macri, ss, Clive, Iowa 27
2Bryan Bass, ss, Seminole, Fla. 44
3Donny Lucy, c, Fallbrook, Calif. 91

Best Defensive Player

College
1Bobby Crosby, ss, Long Beach State 46
2Ryan Theriot, ss, Louisiana State 63
3David DeJesus, of, Rutgers98
High School
1Bryan Bass, ss, Seminole, Fla. 44
2Michael Hollimon, ss, Dallas 92
3Matt Macri, ss, Clive, Iowa 28

Best Fastball

College
1Mark Prior, rhp, Southern California 1
2Dewon Brazelton, rhp, Middle Tennessee State 5
3Jason Buler, rhp, Valdosta State 58
High School
1Colt Griffin, rhp, Marshall, Texas 6
2Mike Jones, rhp, Phoenix 10
3Alan Horne, rhp, Marianna, Fla. 11

Best Breaking Ball

College
1Mark Prior, rhp, Southern California 1
2Brad Hennessey, rhp, Youngstown State 62
3Josh Karp, rhp, UCLA 13
High School
1Kris Honel, rhp, New Lenox, Ill. 18
2Gavin Floyd, rhp, Severna Park, Md. 4
3Macay McBride, lhp, Sylvania, Ga. 27

Best Command

College
1Mark Prior, rhp, Southern California 1
2Kenny Baugh, rhp, Rice 23
3Kirk Saarloos, rhp, Cal State Fullerton 77
High School
1Jeremy Sowers, lhp, Louisville 22
2J.D. Martin, rhp, Ridgecrest, Calif. 20
3J.P. Howell, lhp, Sacramento 85

Closest To Majors

College
1Mark Prior, rhp, Southern California 1
2Mark Teixeira, 3b, Georgia Tech 2
3Aaron Heilman, rhp, Notre Dame 24
High School
1Casey Kotchman, 1b, Seminole, Fla. 8
2Gavin Floyd, rhp, Severna Park, Md. 4
3J.D. Martin, rhp, Ridgecrest, Calif. 20

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