2005 Best Tools: Double-A
Selected by League Managers
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
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. He’s 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. He’s a more mature hitter. He’s just played more games and now he knows how to handle how he’s pitched. It’s what you want to see—a 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