High Class A Best Tools



High Class A Best Tools

Our week-long survey of the best tools in the minors is over. We began by featuring the Triple-A leagues, followed by Double-A, then high Class A, and finally low Class A to wrap up the coverage. The Best Tools Slideshow consists of photos of some of the toolsiest players in the minors along with quotes about their tools from those who know them best.

  CALIFORNIA LEAGUECAROLINA LEAGUEFLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
Best Batting ProspectCarlos Gonzalez, LancasterTrevor Crowe, KinstonRyan Braun, Brevard County
Best Power ProspectBen Harrison, BakersfieldBrandon Jones, Myrtle BeachTerry Evans, Palm Beach
Best Strike-Zone JudgmentTug Hulett, BakersfieldTrevor Crowe, KinstonCory Dunlap, Vero Beach
Best BaserunnerEmilio Bonifacio, LancasterJacoby Ellsbury, WilmingtonBrett Gardner, Tampa
Fastest BaserunnerCorey Wimberly, ModestoJacoby Ellsbury, WilmingtonAlexi Casilla, Fort Myers
Best Pitching ProspectGreg Smith, LancasterChuck Lofgren, KinstonHomer Bailey, Sarasota
Best FastballJose Arredondo, Rancho CucamongaRadhames Liz, FrederickHomer Bailey, Sarasota
Best Breaking BallMark Lowe, Inland EmpireJimmy Barthmaier, SalemMatt Garza, Fort Myers
Best ControlNick Pereira, San JoseScott Lewis, KinstonKevin Slowey, Fort Myers
Best RelieverMark Lowe, Inland EmpireDewon Day,
Winston-Salem
Mike Sillman, Palm Beach
Best Defensive CatcherLandon Powell, StocktonWyatt Toregas, KinstonTuffy Gosewisch, Clearwater
Best Defensive First BasemanChris Nowak, VisaliaIan Bladergroen, WilmingtonMike Carp, St. Lucie
Best Defensive Second BasemanGregorio Petit, StocktonJ.C. Holt, Myrtle BeachAlexi Casilla, Fort Myers
Best Defensive Third BasemanFreddy Sandoval, Rancho CucamongaVan Pope, Myrtle BeachRyan Braun,
Brevard County
Best Defensive ShortstopJonathan Herrera, ModestoEdwin Maysonet, SalemAlcides Escobar, Brevard County
Best Infield ArmCliff Pennington, StocktonVan Pope, Myrtle BeachMike Costanzo, Clearwater
Best Defensive OutfielderFernando Perez, VisaliaJacoby Ellsbury, WilmingtonBrett Gardner, Tampa
Best Outfield ArmCarlos Gonzalez, LancasterMickey Hall, WilmingtonBrett Carroll, Jupiter
Most Exciting PlayerCarlos Gonzalez, LancasterTrevor Crowe, KinstonAlexi Casilla, Fort Myers
Best Managerial ProspectGary Thurman, Inland EmpireChad Epperson, WilmingtonPop Warner, Palm Beach