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2005 Best Tools: Double-A

Selected by League Managers
August 3, 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

EASTERN LEAGUE

SOUTHERN LEAGUE

TEXAS LEAGUE

Best Batting Prospect

Donald Kelly

Delmon Young

Andre Ethier

Erie

Montgomery

Midland

Best Power

Shelly Duncan

Delmon Young

Mike Napoli

Trenton

Montgomery

Arkansas

Best Strike Zone Judgment

Dustin Pedroia

Russell Martin

Justin Huber

Portland

Jacksonville

Wichita

Best Baserunner

Rajai Davis

Todd Donovan

Ruddy Yan

Altoona

Jacksonville

Frisco

Fastest Baserunner

Rajai Davis

Marland Williams

Josh Anderson

Altoona

Tennessee

Corpus Christi

Best Pitching Prospect

Joel Zumaya

Chad Billingsley

Fernando Nieve

Erie

Jacksonville

Corpus Christi

Best Fastball

Joel Zumaya

Bobby Jenks

Fernando Nieve

Erie

Birmingham

Corpus Christi

Best Breaking Ball

Hayden Penn

Chad Billingsley

Jason Hirsh

Bowie

Jacksonville

Corpus Christi

Best Control

Brian Bannister

Ricky Nolasco

Bobby Livingston

Binghamton

West Tenn

San Antonio

Best Reliever

Edwin Almonte

Chris Resop

Emiliano Fruto

Erie

Carolina

San Antonio

Best Defensive Catcher

Max St. Pierre

Russell Martin

Rene Rivera

Erie

Jacksonville

San Antonio

Best Defensive First Baseman

Tyler Von Schell

Scott Thorman

Jason Hart

Norwich

Mississippi

Frisco

Best Defensive Second Baseman

Dustin Pedroia

Fernando Cortez

Alberto Callaspo

Portland

Montgomery

Arkansas

Best Defensive Third Baseman

Jose Bautista

Casey McGehee

Jesus Guzman

Altoona

West Tenn

San Antonio

Best Defensive Shortstop

Hanley Ramirez

Robert Andino

Yuniesky Betancourt

Portland

Carolina

San Antonio

Best Infield Arm

Jose Bautista

Jerry Gil

Yuniesky Betancourt

Altoona

Tennessee

San Antonio

Best Defensive Outfielder

Melky Cabrera

Chris Young

Josh Anderson

Trenton

Birmingham

Corpus Christi

Best Outfield Arm

Chris Roberson

Delmon Young

T.J. Bohn

Reading

Montgomery

San Antonio

Most Exciting Player

Michael Bourn

Delmon Young

Erick Aybar

Reading

Montgomery

Arkansas

Best Manager Prospect

Mike Basso

Charlie Montoyo

Dave Brundage

New Hampshire

Montgomery

San Antonio

Quotes of Note

"He played like an all-star every time out against us. Everyone scoffed at him and underestimated his ability to play at a high level but this guy is a winner. Did I like him at the big league level when I first saw him? No. But the more I watched him beat us in just about every phase of the game, the more I began to realize how much this guy does."

--Norwich manager Dave Machemer on Portland second baseman Dustin Pedroia

I thought he had flat-out major league stuff. He was throwing 100 mph against us with a great breaking ball. Hes got a baby face to go with a big body and big-time stuff. He just blew guys away.

--Montgomery manager Charlie Montoyo on Birmingham rightahnder Bobby Jenks

I saw him in the Sally League last year, and you can really see how much he has improved from last year. Hes a more mature hitter. Hes just played more games and now he knows how to handle how hes pitched. Its what you want to seea young player with talent who keeps getting better.

--Carolina hitting coach Steve Phillips on Montgomery outfielder Delmon Young

"He's gets to a lot of balls. He's pretty smooth and fun to watch. He's very athletic and very instinctual. He's probably the most instinctual infielder that I've ever had."

--San Antonio manager Dave Brundage on San Antonio shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt

"It's an 80 fastball for me; he's pitching at 99 mph, and there's not a lot of effort in his delivery. It's an explosive pitch. Halfway to the plate, it hits another gear and takes off."

--Portland manager Todd Claus on Erie righthander Joel Zumaya

"Andre has the potential to be a major league No. 3 hitter if he can see himself as as a line-drive hitter with power, as opposed to a power hitter who hits line drives. When he is on, he's a run-producing machine in both driving them in and scoring them. When trying to hit line drives and not overswinging, he sees the ball well and will take the walks which produce the runs."

--Midland manager Von Hayes on Midland outfielder Andre Ethier

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