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2021 Minor League Prospects With The Best Scouting Tools

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For more than three decades, Baseball America has surveyed minor league managers to find out which players have the best tools in each league.

Here are the results for 2021.

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Best Batting Prospect

Triple-A East: Wander Franco, Durham (Rays)
Triple-A West: Jake Meyers, Sugar Land (Astros)
Double-A Central: Bobby Witt Jr., NW Arkansas (Royals)
Double-A Northeast: Adley Rutschman, Bowie (Orioles)
Double-A South: Jose Barrero, Chattanooga (Reds)
High-A Central: Ryan Ward, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
High-A East: Matt Fraizer, Greensboro (Pirates)
High-A West: Austin Shenton, Everett (Mariners)
Low-A East: Joe Gray, Carolina (Brewers)
Low-A Southeast: Anthony Volpe, Tampa (Yankees)
Low-A West: Luis Matos, San Jose (Giants)

Best Power Prospect

Triple-A East: Jesus Sanchez, Jacksonville (Marlins)
Triple-A West: Jo Adell, Salt Lake (Angels)
Double-A Central: M.J. Melendez, NW Arkansas (Royals)
Double-A Northeast: Adley Rutschman, Bowie (Orioles)
Double-A South: Shea Langeliers, Mississippi (Braves)
High-A Central: Andy Pages, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
High-A East: Jesse Franklin, Rome (Braves)
High-A West: Michael Toglia, Spokane (Rockies)
Low-A East: Joey Wiemer, Carolina (Brewers)
Low-A Southeast: Orelvis Martinez, Dunedin (Blue Jays)
Low-A West: Joshua Mears, Lake Elsinore (Padres)

Best Strike-Zone Judgment

Triple-A East: Wander Franco, Durham (Rays)
Triple-A West: Yonny Hernandez, Round Rock (Rangers)
Double-A Central: Nick Pratto, NW Arkansas (Royals)
Double-A Northeast: Austin Martin, New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
Double-A South: Xavier Edwards, Montgomery (Rays)
High-A Central: Justin Yurchak, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
High-A East: Josh Smith, Hickory (Rangers)
High-A West: Tanner Morris, Vancouver (Blue Jays)
Low-A East: Gabe Holt, Carolina (Brewers)
Low-A Southeast: Edouard Julien, Fort Myers (Twins)
Low-A West: Robert Hassell, Lake Elsinore (Padres)

Best Baserunner

Triple-A East: Kyle Isbel, Omaha (Royals)
Triple-A West: Jake McCarthy, Reno (D-backs)
Double-A Central: Bobby Witt Jr., NW Arkansas (Royals)
Double-A Northeast: Samad Taylor, New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
Double-A South: Justin Dean, Mississippi (Braves)
High-A Central: Max Schuemann, Lansing (Athletics)
High-A East: Greg Jones, Bowling Green (Rays)
High-A West: Cameron Eden, Vancouver (Blue Jays)
Low-A East: Jayce Easley, Down East (Rangers)
Low-A Southeast: Anthony Volpe, Tampa (Yankees)
Low-A West: Eddy Diaz, Fresno (Rockies)

Fastest Baserunner

Triple-A East: Vidal Brujan, Durham (Rays)
Triple-A West: Jake McCarthy, Reno (D-backs)
Double-A Central: Bobby Witt Jr., NW Arkansas (Royals)
Double-A Northeast: Michael Beltre, Somerset (Yankees)
Double-A South: Justin Dean, Mississippi (Braves)
High-A Central: David Hamilton, Wisconsin (Brewers)
High-A East: Greg Jones, Bowling Green (Rays)
High-A West: Jordyn Adams, Tri-City (Angels)
Low-A East: Jayce Easley, Down East (Rangers)
Low-A Southeast: Steward Berroa, Dunedin (Blue Jays)
Low-A West: D'Shawn Knowles, Inland Empire (Angels)

Best Pitching Prospect

Triple-A East: Shane Baz, Durham (Rays)
Triple-A West: Josiah Gray, Oklahoma City (Dodgers)
Double-A Central: Cole Winn, Frisco (Rangers)
Double-A Northeast: Grayson Rodriguez, Bowie (Orioles)
Double-A South: Nick Lodolo, Chattanooga (Reds)
High-A Central: Bobby Miller, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
High-A East: Cade Cavalli, Wilmington (Nationals)
High-A West: George Kirby, Everett (Mariners)
Low-A East: Taj Bradley, Charleston (Rays)
Low-A Southeast: Mick Abel, Clearwater (Phillies)
Low-A West: Ryan Murphy, San Jose (Giants)

Best Fastball

Triple-A East: Hunter Greene, Louisville (Reds)
Triple-A West: Julian Fernandez, Albuquerque (Rockies)
Double-A Central: Nick Snyder, Frisco (Rangers)
Double-A Northeast: Cade Cavalli, Harrisburg (Nationals)
Double-A South: Hunter Greene, Chattanooga (Reds)
High-A Central: Bobby Miller, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
High-A East: Cade Cavalli, Wilmington (Nationals)
High-A West: George Kirby, Everett (Mariners)
Low-A East: Spencer Strider, Augusta (Braves)
Low-A Southeast: Oliver Mateo, Bradenton (Pirates)
Low-A West: Kyle Harrison, San Jose (Giants)

Best Breaking Pitch

Triple-A East: Aaron Ashby, Nashville (Brewers)
Triple-A West: A.J. Puk, Las Vegas (Athletics)
Double-A Central: Matt Brash, Arkansas (Mariners)
Double-A Northeast: Cade Cavalli, Harrisburg (Nationals)
Double-A South: Nick Lodolo, Chattanooga (Reds)
High-A Central: Daniel Espino, Lake County (Indians)
High-A East: Luis Medina, Hudson Valley (Yankees)
High-A West: Matt Brash, Everett (Mariners)
Low-A East: Jeremy Wu-Yelland, Salem (Red Sox)
Low-A Southeast: Oliver Mateo, Bradenton (Pirates)
Low-A West: Carlos Duran, Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers)

Best Changeup

Triple-A East: Jackson Kowar, Omaha (Royals)
Triple-A West: Packy Naughton, Salt Lake (Angels)
Double-A Central: Ryan Pepiot, Tulsa (Dodgers)
Double-A Northeast: Brayan Bello, Portland (Red Sox)
Double-A South: Ethan Small, Biloxi (Brewers)
High-A Central: Landon Knack, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
High-A East: Jared Shuster, Rome (Braves)
High-A West: Levi Stoudt, Everett (Mariners)
Low-A East: Ian Seymour, Charleston (Rays)
Low-A Southeast: Adrian Hernandez, Dunedin (Blue Jays)
Low-A West: Blake Walston, Visalia (D-backs)

Best Control

Triple-A East: Matthew Liberatore, Memphis (Cardinals)
Triple-A West: Darren McCaughan, Tacoma (Mariners)
Double-A Central: Josh Winder, Wichita (Twins)
Double-A Northeast: Caleb Kilian, Richmond (Giants)
Double-A South: Max Meyer, Pensacola (Marlins)
High-A Central: Zach McCambley, Beloit (Marlins)
High-A East: Jayden Murray, Bowling Green (Rays)
High-A West: George Kirby, Everett (Mariners)
Low-A East: Emilio Marquez, Columbia (Royals)
Low-A Southeast: J.T. Ginn, St. Lucie (Mets)
Low-A West: Ryan Murphy, San Jose (Giants)

Best Reliever

Triple-A East: Francisco Perez, Columbus (Indians)
Triple-A West: Joe Barlow, Round Rock (Rangers)
Double-A Central: Nick Snyder, Frisco (Rangers)
Double-A Northeast: R.J. Dabovich, Richmond (Giants)
Double-A South: Colton Hock, Pensacola (Marlins)
High-A Central: Will Klein, Quad Cities (Royals)
High-A East: Felix Bautista, Aberdeen (Orioles)
High-A West: Chris Wright, Eugene (Giants)
Low-A East: Marc Church, Down East (Rangers)
Low-A Southeast: Enmanuel Mejia, Bradenton (Pirates)
Low-A West: Chase Walter, Lake Elsinore (Padres)

Best Defensive C

Triple-A East: Payton Henry, Jacksonville (Marlins)
Triple-A West: Brian Serven, Albuquerque (Rockies)
Double-A Central: Matt Whatley, Frisco (Rangers)
Double-A Northeast: Adley Rutschman, Bowie (Orioles)
Double-A South: Shea Langeliers, Mississippi (Braves)
High-A Central: Dillon Dingler, West Michigan (Tigers)
High-A East: Blake Hunt, Bowling Green (Rays)
High-A West: Nick Dalesandro, Hillsboro (D-backs)
Low-A East: Yainer Diaz, Fayetteville (Astros)
Low-A Southeast: Cooper Johnson, Lakeland (Tigers)
Low-A West: Drew Romo, Fresno (Rockies)

Best Defensive 1B

Triple-A East: Lewin Diaz, Jacksonville (Marlins)
Triple-A West: Taylor Jones, Sugar Land (Astros)
Double-A Central: Nick Pratto, NW Arkansas (Royals)
Double-A Northeast: Triston Casas, Portland (Red Sox)
Double-A South: David MacKinnon, Rocket City (Angels)
High-A Central: Joe Naranjo, Lake County (Indians)
High-A East: Evan Edwards, Bowling Green (Rays)
High-A West: Michael Toglia, Spokane (Rockies)
Low-A East: Harvin Mendoza, Kannapolis (White Sox)
Low-A Southeast: P.K. Morris, Dunedin (Blue Jays)
Low-A West: Lawrence Butler, Stockton (Athletics)

Best Defensive 2B


Triple-A East: Andres Gimenez, Columbus (Indians)
Triple-A West: Luis Rengifo, Salt Lake (Angels)
Double-A Central: Jax Biggers, Frisco (Rangers)
Double-A Northeast: Jackson Cluff, Harrisburg (Nationals)
Double-A South: Xavier Edwards, Montgomery (Rays)
High-A Central: Michael Massey, Quad Cities (Royals)
High-A East: Ezequiel Duran, Hickory (Rangers)
High-A West: Kaden Polcovich, Everett (Mariners)
Low-A East: Luisangel Acuna, Down East (Rangers)
Low-A Southeast: Brandon Leyton, Daytona (Reds)
Low-A West: Eddy Diaz, Fresno (Rockies)

Best Defensive 3B

Triple-A East: Emmanuel Rivera, Omaha (Royals)
Triple-A West: Drew Ellis, Reno (D-backs)
Double-A Central: Nolan Gorman, Springfield (Cardinals)
Double-A Northeast: Oswaldo Cabrera, Somerset (Yankees)
Double-A South: CJ Alexander, Mississippi (Braves)
High-A Central: Jake Slaughter, South Bend (Cubs)
High-A East: Jared Triolo, Greensboro (Pirates)
High-A West: Aaron Schunk, Spokane (Rockies)
Low-A East: Gunnar Henderson, Delmarva (Orioles)
Low-A Southeast: Dariel Lopez, Bradenton (Pirates)
Low-A West: Casey Schmitt, San Jose (Giants)

Best Defensive SS

Triple-A East: Taylor Walls, Durham (Rays)
Triple-A West: Alan Trejo, Albuquerque (Rockies)
Double-A Central: Nick Allen, Midland (Athletics)
Double-A Northeast: Ryan Kreidler, Erie (Tigers)
Double-A South: Braden Shewmake, Mississippi (Braves)
High-A Central: Jose Tena, Lake County (Indians)
High-A East: Ronny Mauricio, Brooklyn (Mets)
High-A West: Luis De Los Santos, Vancouver (Blue Jays)
Low-A East: Freddy Zamora, Carolina (Brewers)
Low-A Southeast: Nasim Nunez, Jupiter (Marlins)
Low-A West: Ezequiel Tovar, Fresno (Rockies)

Best Infield Arm

Triple-A East: Gabriel Arias, Columbus (Indians)
Triple-A West: Jake Gatewood, Salt Lake (Angels)
Double-A Central: Bobby Witt Jr., NW Arkansas (Royals)
Double-A Northeast: Oneil Cruz, Altoona (Pirates)
Double-A South: Braden Shewmake, Mississippi (Braves)
High-A Central: Jose Tena, Lake County (Indians)
High-A East: Ronny Mauricio, Brooklyn (Mets)
High-A West: Blaze Alexander, Hillsboro (D-backs)
Low-A East: Gunnar Henderson, Delmarva (Orioles)
Low-A Southeast: Masyn Winn, Palm Beach (Cardinals)
Low-A West: Noelvi Marte, Modesto (Mariners)

Best Defensive OF

Triple-A East: Cristian Pache, Gwinnett (Braves)
Triple-A West: Jake Meyers, Sugar Land (Astros)
Double-A Central: Donovan Casey, Tulsa (Dodgers)
Double-A Northeast: Chavez Young, New Hampshire (Blue Jays)
Double-A South: Justin Dean, Mississippi (Braves)
High-A Central: Mike Siani, Dayton (Reds)
High-A East: Michael Harris, Rome (Braves)
High-A West: Cameron Eden, Vancouver (Blue Jays)
Low-A East: Ceddanne Rafaela, Salem (Red Sox)
Low-A Southeast: Yhoswar Garcia, Clearwater (Phillies)
Low-A West: Robert Hassell, Lake Elsinore (Padres)

Best Outfield Arm

Triple-A East: Cristian Pache, Gwinnett (Braves)
Triple-A West: Jake Meyers, Sugar Land (Astros)
Double-A Central: Donovan Casey, Tulsa (Dodgers)
Double-A Northeast: Will Benson, Akron (Indians)
Double-A South: Micker Adolfo, Birmingham (White Sox)
High-A Central: Andy Pages, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
High-A East: Michael Harris, Rome (Braves)
High-A West: Eduardo Diaz, Hillsboro (D-backs)
Low-A East: Joey Wiemer Jr., Carolina (Brewers)
Low-A Southeast: Daniel Rivero, Bradenton (Pirates)
Low-A West: Jose Ramos, Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers)

Most Exciting Player

Triple-A East: Bobby Witt Jr. Omaha (Royals)
Triple-A West: Jo Adell, Salt Lake (Angels)
Double-A Central: Bobby Witt Jr., NW Arkansas (Royals)
Double-A Northeast: Oneil Cruz, Altoona (Pirates)
Double-A South: Shea Langeliers, Mississippi (Braves)
High-A Central: Andy Pages, Great Lakes (Dodgers)
High-A East: Ronny Mauricio, Brooklyn (Mets)
High-A West: Julio Rodriguez, Everett (Mariners)
Low-A East: Joey Wiemer, Carolina (Brewers)
Low-A Southeast: Anthony Volpe, Tampa (Yankees)
Low-A West: Zac Veen, Fresno (Rockies)

Best Manager Prospect

Triple-A East: Brady Williams, Durham (Rays)
Triple-A West: Blake Lalli, Reno (D-backs)
Double-A Central: Jared Goedert, Frisco (Rangers)
Double-A Northeast: Buck Britton, Bowie (Orioles)
Double-A South: Justin Jirschele, Birmingham (White Sox)
High-A Central: Greg Discenzo, Lake County (Indians)
High-A East: Jeff Smith, Bowling Green (Rays)
High-A West: Louis Boyd, Everett (Mariners)
Low-A East: Joe Ayrault, Carolina (Brewers)
Low-A Southeast: David Adams, Tampa (Yankees)
Low-A West: Mike McCoy, Lake Elsinore (Padres)

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