2017 Carolina League Best Tools

Baseball America asked the men with the best seats in the house to break down the best players in each minor league in a variety of categories. Full-season managers, often with input from their coaching staffs, completed our Best Tools surveys in July.

Carolina League Best Tools
Best Batting Prospect: Austin Hays Frederick (Orioles)
Best Power Prospect: Eloy Jimenez Winston-Salem (White Sox)
Best Strike-Zone Judgment: Zack Collins Winston-Salem (White Sox)
Best Baserunner: Sam Haggerty Lynchburg (Indians)
Fastest Baserunner: Victor Robles Potomac (Nationals)
Best Pitching Prospect: Triston McKenzie Lynchburg (Indians)
Best Fastball: Alec Hansen Winston-Salem (White Sox)
Best Breaking PitchTriston McKenzie Lynchburg (Indians)
Best Changeup: Thomas Pannone Lynchburg (Indians)
Best Control: Shane Bieber Lynchburg (Indians)
Best Reliever: Richard Lovelady Wilmington (Royals)
Best Defensive Catcher: Austin Rei Salem (Red Sox)
Best Defensive 1B:  Jake Gatewood Carolina (Brewers)
Best Defensive 2B:  Danny Mendick Winston-Salem (White Sox)
Best Defensive 3B: Lucas Erceg Carolina (Brewers)
Best Defensive SS:  Nicky Lopez Wilmington (Royals)
Best Infield Arm:  Lucas Erceg Carolina (Brewers)
Best Defensive OF: Victor Robles Potomac (Nationals)
Best Outfield Arm: Victor Robles Potomac (Nationals)
Most Exciting Prospect: Victor Robles Potomac (Nationals)
Best Manager Prospect: Willie Harris Winston-Salem (White Sox)

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