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2005 Best Tools: High Class A

Selected by League Managers
August 2, 2005


• Monday: Low A - Midwest and South Atlantic Leagues
• Tuesday: High A - California, Carolina and Florida State Leagues
• Wednesday: Double-A - Eastern, Southern and Texas Leagues
• Thursday: Triple-A - International and Pacific Coast Leagues
• Friday: Major Leagues

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE

CAROLINA LEAGUE

FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE

Best Batting Prospect

Howie Kendrick

Nick Markakis

Andy LaRoche

Rancho Cucamonga

Frederick

Vero Beach

Best Power Prospect

Brandon Wood

Nick Markakis

Andy LaRoche

Rancho Cucamonga

Frederick

Vero Beach

Best Strike-Zone Judgment

Daric Barton

Nick Markakis

Denard Span

Stockton

Frederick

Fort Myers

Best Baserunner

Clay Timpner

Robert Valido

Juan Francia

San Jose

Winston-Salem

Lakeland

Fastest Baserunner

Elliot Johnson

Josh Burrus

Christopher Walker

Visalia

Myrtle Beach

Daytona

Best Pitching Prospect

Thomas Diamond

Anibal Sanchez

Justin Verlander

Bakersfield

Wilmington

Lakeland

Best Fastball

Juan Morillo

Anibal Sanchez

Justin Verlander

Modesto

Wilmington

Lakeland

Best Breaking Pitch

John Danks

J.J. Johnson

Justin Verlander

Bakersfield

Frederick

Lakeland

Best Control

Jason Windsor

Jeremy Sowers

Justin Verlander

Stockton

Kinston

Lakeland

Best Reliever

Jim Miller

Edward Mujica

Mark Alexander

Modesto

Kinston

Vero Beach

Best Defensive Catcher

Chris Iannetta

Gustavo Molina

Jason Motte

Modesto

Winston-Salem

Palm Beach

Best Defensive First Baseman

Travis Ishikawa

Scott Robinson

Kelly Hunt

San Jose

Salem

Lakeland

Best Defensive Second Baseman

Kevin Frandsen

Martin Prado

Juan Francia

San Jose

Myrtle Beach

Lakeland

Best Defensive Third Baseman

Travis Metcalf

Kory Casto

Kody Kirkland

Bakersfield

Potomac

Lakeland

Best Defensive Shortstop

Brandon Wood

Robert Valido

Manny Mayorson

Rancho Cucamonga

Winston-Salem

Dunedin

Best Infield Arm

Adam Jones

Javier Guzman

Matt Moses

Inland Empire

Lynchburg

Fort Myers

Best Defensive Outfielder

Clay Timpner

Frank Diaz

Vince Blue

San Jose

Potomac

Lakeland

Best Outfield Arm

Steve Baker

Frank Diaz

Brent Clevlen

Lake Elsinore

Potomac

Lakeland

Most Exciting Player

Howie Kendrick

Robert Valido

Matt Moses

Rancho Cucamonga

Winston-Salem

Fort Myers

Best Manager Prospect

Stu Cole

Luis Rivera

Mike Rojas

Modesto

Kinston

Lakeland

Quotes of Note

"He's just going to get better. He's going to get stronger and become a better hitter. When you add his age and the position he plays, he could really be something special."

--San Jose manager Lenn Sakata on Rancho Cucamonga shortstop Brandon Wood

"We just think, 'How in the hell are we going to get this guy out?' You change your game plan for him every series and it still doesn't work. He'll pull the inside pitch, stay inside the ball, and if you pound him away he hits bullets over the third baseman. In this league you've got to make a lot of adjustments because there's eight teams and we see each other a lot. He's very good at making adjustments."

--Winston-Salem manager Chris Cron on Frederick outfielder Nick Markakis

"People try to give him a little static about playing his home games in Vero (Beach), which isn't one of the biggest parks (in the league). But he didn't miss his pitch. When he got a pitch to drive, he hit it consistently, which is what good power hitters do."

--Fort Myers manager Riccardo Ingram on Vero Beach third baseman Andy LaRoche

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