2012 Minor League Best Tools





We surveyed managers, coaches and scouts in each full season minor league to compile the following Best Tools list.


INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE
Best Hitting Prospect Starling Marte Anthony Rizzo

Indianapolis Iowa
Best Power Prospect Ernesto Meija Wil Myers

Gwinnett Omaha
Best Strike-Zone Judgement Alex Hassan Jake Elmore

Pawtucket Reno
Fastest Baserunner Luis Durango Adam Eaton

Gwinnett Reno
Best Baserunner Luis Durango Anthony Gose

Gwinnett Las Vegas
Best Pitching Prospect Matt Harvey Trevor Bauer

Buffalo Reno
Best Fastball Jose Ortega Tanner Scheppers

Toledo Round Rock
Best Breaking Pitch Corey Kluber Tyler Skaggs

Columbus Reno
Best Changeup Adam Wilk Cory Burns

Toledo Tucson
Best Control Tyler Cloyd Graham Godfrey

Lehigh Valley Sacramento
Best Reliever Tim Wood Cory Burns

Indianapolis Tucson
Best Defensive C Ryan Lavarnway Tim Federowicz

Pawtucket Albuquerque
Best Defensive 1B Lars Anderson Efren Navarro

Pawtucket Salt Lake
Best Defensive 2B Pedro Ciriaco Charlie Culberson

Pawtucket Fresno/Colo. Sp.
Best Defensive 3B Carlos Rivero Matt Dominguez

Syracuse N. Orleans/Ok. City
Best Defensive SS Jose Iglesias Adeiny Hechavarria

Pawtucket Las Vegas
Best Infield Arm Pedro Florimon Adeiny Hechavarria

Rochester Las Vegas
Best Defensive OF Starling Marte Anthony Gose

Indianapolis Las Vegas
Best Outfield Arm Greg Golson Moises Sierra

Charlotte Las Vegas
Most Exciting Player Starling Marte Adam Eaton

Indianapolis Reno
Best Managerial Prospect Mike Sarbaugh Lorenzo Bundy

Columbus Albuquerque

EASTERN LEAGUE SOUTHERN LEAGUE TEXAS LEAGUE
Best Hitting Prospect Nick Castellanos Hunter Morris Oscar Taveras

Erie Huntsville Springfield
Best Power Prospect Cody Johnson Matt Davidson Mike Olt

Trenton Mobile Frisco
Best Strike-Zone Judgement Robbie Grossman Tyler Saladino Jermaine Curtis

Altoona Birmingham Springfield
Fastest Baserunner Gary Brown
Billy Hamilton Jean Segura

Richmond Pensacola Arkansas
Best Baserunner Abe Almonte Billy Hamilton Jonathan Villar

Trenton Pensacola Corpus Christi
Best Pitching Prospect Zack Wheeler Danny Hultzen Trevor Rosenthal

Binghamton Jackson Springfield
Best Fastball Zack Wheeler Carter Capps Carlos Martinez

Binghamton Jackson Springfield
Best Breaking Pitch Zack Wheeler Tyler Skaggs Ariel Pena

Binghamton Mobile Arkansas
Best Changeup Brett Marshall Danny Hultzen Edwar Cabrera

Trenton Jackson Tulsa
Best Control Chris Heston Sean Gilmartin Dan Straily

Richmond Mississippi Midland
Best Reliever Bruce Rondon Carter Capps Sean Doolittle

Erie Jackson Midland
Best Defensive C Roberto Perez Christian Bethancourt Audry Perez

Akron Mississippi Springfield
Best Defensive 1B Jordan Lennerton Hunter Morris Anthony Aliotti

Erie Huntsville Midland
Best Defensive 2B Cesar Hernandez Scooter Gennett Kolten Wong

Reading Huntsville Springfield
Best Defensive 3B Mark Sobolewski Joe Leonard Nolan Arenado

New Hampshire Mississippi Tulsa
Best Defensive SS Manny Machado Didi Gregorius Jurickson Profar

Bowie Pensacola Frisco
Best Infield Arm Manny Machado Andrelton Simmons Jonathan Villar

Bowie Mississippi Corpus Christi
Best Defensive OF Gary Brown Ryan LaMarre Engel Beltre

Richmond Pensacola Frisco
Best Outfield Arm Bryce Brentz Ryan LaMarre Jeremy Barfield

Portland Pensacola Midland
Most Exciting Player Manny Machado Billy Hamilton Oscar Taveras

Bowie Pensacola Springfield
Best Managerial Prospect Matthew LeCroy Andy Barkett Steve Buechele

Harrisburg Jacksonville Frisco

CALIFORNIA LEAGUE CAROLINA LEAGUE FLORIDA STATE LEAGUE
Best Hitting Prospect Miles Head Jackie Bradley Nick Castellanos

Stockton Salem Lakeland
Best Power Prospect C.J. Cron Trayce Thompson Marcell Ozuna

Inland Empire Winston-Salem Jupiter
Best Strike-Zone Judgement Brad Miller Jackie Bradley Mike O'Neill

High Desert Salem Palm Beach
Fastest Baserunner Billy Hamilton Nick Ahmed Matt Szczur

Bakersfield Lynchburg Daytona
Best Baserunner Billy Hamilton Jackie Bradley Alonzo Harris

Bakersfield Salem St. Lucie
Best Pitching Prospect Donn Roach Dylan Bundy Jameson Taillon

Lake Elsinore Frederick Bradenton
Best Fastball Tony Cingrani Dylan Bundy Gerrit Cole

Bakersfield Frederick Bradenton
Best Breaking Pitch Garrett Gould Cody Buckel Jameson Taillon

R. Cucamonga Myrtle Beach Bradenton
Best Changeup Daniel Renken Kyle Hendricks Adam Morgan

Bakersfield Carolina Clearwater
Best Control Donn Roach Kyle Hendricks Seth Maness

Lake Elsinore Carolina Palm Beach
Best Reliever Kevin Quackenbush Michael Olmsted Bruce Rondon

Lake Elsinore Salem Lakeland
Best Defensive C Tucker Barnhart Christian Vazquez J.T. Realmuto

Bakersfield Salem Jupiter
Best Defensive 1B Connor Powers Travis Shaw Alex Dickerson

Lake Elsinore Salem Bradenton
Best Defensive 2B Cory Spangenberg Carlos Sanchez Starlin Rodriguez

Lake Elsinore Winston-Salem Palm Beach
Best Defensive 3B C.J. Retherford Christian Villanueva Cody Asche

R. Cucamonga Myrtle Beach Clearwater
Best Defensive SS Joe Panik Nick Ahmed Gift Ngoepe

San Jose Lynchburg Bradenton
Best Infield Arm Chris Owings Ronny Rodriguez Arismendy Alcantara

Visalia Carolina Daytona
Best Defensive OF George Springer Jackie Bradley Mel Rojas Jr.

Lancaster Salem Bradenton
Best Outfield Arm Rafael Ortega Jackie Bradley Marcell Ozuna

Modesto Salem Jupiter
Most Exciting Player Billy Hamilton Jackie Bradley Christian Yelich

Bakersfield Salem Jupiter
Best Managerial Prospect Pedro Grifol Jason Wood Ryan Ellis

High Desert Myrtle Beach St. Lucie

MIDWEST LEAGUE SOUTH ATLANTIC LEAGUE
Best Hitting Prospect Kevin Pillar Tyler Austin

Lansing Charleston
Best Power Prospect Miguel Sano Gary Sanchez

Beloit Charleston
Best Strike-Zone Judgement Nick Martin Matt Skole

Quad Cities Hagerstown
Fastest Baserunner James Baldwin III
Delino DeShields Jr.

Great Lakes
Lexington
Best Baserunner Jace Peterson
Delino DeShields Jr.

Fort Wayne
Lexington
Best Pitching Prospect Aaron Sanchez Dylan Bundy

Lansing Delmarva
Best Fastball Archie Bradley Dylan Bundy

South Bend Delmarva
Best Breaking Pitch Archie Bradley Kyle Crick

South Bend Augusta
Best Changeup Justin Nicolino Nick Tropeano

Lansing Lexington
Best Control Trevor Miller Dylan Bundy


Clinton Delmarva
Best Reliever Ajay Meyer Cody Hall


Lansing Augusta
Best Defensive C Austin Hedges Cory Brownsten

Fort Wayne Rome
Best Defensive 1B Jerrud Sabourin Zach Johnson

Lake County Lexington
Best Defensive 2B Jose Ramirez Rougned Odor

Lake County Hickory
Best Defensive 3B Kaleb Cowart Sam Mende

Cedar Rapids Asheville
Best Defensive SS Francisco Lindor Trevor Story

Lake County Asheville
Best Infield Arm Miguel Sano Garin Cecchini

Beloit Greenville
Best Defensive OF Todd Glaesmann Mason Williams

Bowling Green Charleston
Best Outfield Arm Drew Vettleson Gregory Polanco

Bowling Green West Virginia
Most Exciting Player Javier Baez Alan Hansen

Peoria West Virginia
Best Managerial Prospect Brady Williams Brian Daubach

Bowling Green Hagerstown