2023 Best Tools In The Minor Leagues

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The 2023 minor league season begins Thursday at Double-A, High-A and Low-A. That means it is Opening Day for 90 teams across the three levels after Triple-A opened on March 31.

After years of uncertainty, the 2023 minor league season brings a semblance of consistency. This will be just the second full minor league season since 2019 due to Covid-19. It also marks the first year in which minor league players are covered by a CBA, which guarantees them increased salaries and improved housing accommodations, among other significant benefits.

With the return of baseball across every level, here are the players with the best tools in the minors for the 2023 season.

Only players who are prospect-eligible and on minor league rosters or injured lists were considered.


  1. Sal Frelick, OF, Brewers
  2. Termarr Johnson, 2B, Pirates
  3. Curtis Mead, 3B, Rays
  4. Brooks Lee, SS, Twins
  5. Kyle Manzardo, 1B, Rays

Honorable Mention: Jonathan Aranda, Rays; Jackson Merrill, Padres; Brett Baty, Mets; Edouard Julien, Twins; Jackson Holliday, Orioles; Endy Rodriguez, Pirates.


  1. Francisco Alvarez, C, Mets
  2. Moises Gomez, OF, Cardinals
  3. Deyvison De Los Santos, 3B, D-backs
  4. Elijah Green, OF, Nationals
  5. Elly De La Cruz, SS, Reds

Honorable Mention: Jhonkensy Noel, Guardians; James Wood, OF, Nationals; Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Reds; Diego Cartaya, C, Dodgers; Hunter Goodman, Rockies; Alexander Canario, Cubs; Matt Wallner, Twins; Matt Gorski, Pirates.


  1. Jordyn Adams, OF, Angels
  2. Chandler Simpson, OF, Rays
  3. Anthony Baptist, OF, Mets
  4. Samad Taylor, OF, Blue Jays
  5. David Hamilton, 2B/SS, Red Sox

Honorable Mention: Elly De La Cruz, Reds; Johan Rojas, Phillies; Druw Jones, OF, D-backs; Greg Jones, Rays; Nasim Nuñez, Marlins; Wilderd Patiño, D-backs; Jonatan Clase, Mariners; Dasan Brown, Blue Jays; Braiden Ward, Rockies; Luis Valdez, Orioles.


  1. Drew Romo, Rockies
  2. Jeferson Quero, Brewers
  3. Pablo Aliendo, Cubs
  4. Patrick Bailey, Giants
  5. Logan Tanner, Reds                

Honorable Mention: Dillon Dingler, Tigers; Bo Naylor, Guardians; Drew Millas, Nationals; Josh Crouch, Tigers; Ethan Salas, Padres.


  1. Edwin Arroyo, SS, Reds
  2. Casey Schmitt, 3B, Giants
  3. Maikel Garcia, SS, Royals
  4. Armando Cruz, SS, Nationals
  5. Kevin Made, SS, Cubs

Honorable Mention: Joey Ortiz, SS, Orioles; Julio Carreras, SS, Rockies; Jared Triolo, 3B, Pirates; Brayan Rocchio, SS, Guardians; Marcelo Mayer, SS, Red Sox; Carson Williams, SS, Rays; Aeverson Arteaga, SS, Giants.


  1. Masyn Winn, SS, Cardinals
  2. Roderick Arias, SS, Yankees
  3. Casey Schmitt, 3B, Giants
  4. Carson Williams, SS, Rays
  5. Elly De La Cruz, SS, Reds

Honorable Mention: Blaze Alexander, SS, D-backs; Jesus Baez, SS, Mets; Kevin Made, SS, Cubs; Cam Collier, 3B, Reds; Noah Miller, SS, Twins; Addison Barger, SS, Blue Jays; Aeverson Arteaga, SS, Giants; Nasim Nuñez, SS, Marlins.


  1. Pete Crow-Armstrong, Cubs
  2. Druw Jones, D-backs
  3. Ceddanne Rafaela, Red Sox
  4. Denzel Clarke, Athletics
  5. Dasan Brown, Blue Jays

Honorable Mention: Evan Carter, Rangers; Jackson Chourio, Brewers; Grant McCray, Giants; Johan Rojas, Phillies; Alex Ramirez, Mets; DaShawn Keirsey, Twins


  1. Matt Gorski, Pirates
  2. Mason Auer, Rays
  3. Andy Pages, Dodgers
  4. Joshua Baez, Cardinals
  5. Jose Ramos, Dodgers

Honorable Mention: Rece Hinds, Reds; Matt Wallner, Twins; Gabriel Gonzalez, Mariners; Jerar Encarnacion, Marlins.



  1. Daniel Espino, RHP, Guardians
  2. Ben Joyce, RHP, Angels
  3. Gavin Williams, RHP, Guardians
  4. Bryce Miller, RHP, Mariners
  5. Cole Waites, RHP, Giants

Honorable Mention: Kyle Harrison, LHP, Giants; D.L. Hall, LHP, Orioles; Andrew Painter, RHP, Phillies; Eury Perez, RHP, Marlins; Bubba Chandler, RHP, Pirates; Daniel Palencia, RHP, Cubs; Tink Hence, RHP, Cardinals; Ricky Tiedemann, LHP, Blue Jays.


  1. Daniel Espino, RHP, Guardians (SL)
  2. Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Orioles (SL)
  3. Bobby Miller, RHP, Dodgers (SL)
  4. D.L. Hall, LHP, Orioles (SL)
  5. A.J. Smith-Shawver, RHP, Braves (SL)

Honorable Mention: Luis Ortiz, RHP, Pirates (SL); Jacob Misiorowski, RHP, Brewers (SL); Jackson Jobe, RHP, Tigers (SL); Matthew Liberatore, LHP, Cardinals (CB); Ben Brown, RHP, Cubs (CB); Mike Burrows, RHP, Pirates (SL); Antoine Kelly, LHP, Rangers (SL); R.J. Dabovich, RHP, Giants (CB); Andrew Baker, RHP, Phillies (CB).


  1. Gavin Stone, RHP, Dodgers
  2. Ricky Tiedemann, LHP, Blue Jays
  3. Carson Whisenhunt, LHP, Giants
  4. Dylan Lesko, RHP, Padres
  5. Matt Canterino, RHP, Twins

Honorable Mention: Sixto Sanchez, RHP, Marlins; Jackson Kowar, RHP, Royals; Drew Thorpe, RHP, Yankees; Darius Vines, RHP, Braves; Justin Martinez, RHP, D-backs; Tanner Bibee, RHP, Guardians.


  1. Luis Palacios, RHP, Marlins
  2. Brandon Pfaadt, RHP, D-backs
  3. Michael McGreevy, RHP, Cardinals
  4. Gordon Graceffo, RHP, Cardinals
  5. Tanner Bibee, RHP, Guardians

Honorable Mention: Taylor Dollard, RHP, Mariners; Wilmer Flores, RHP, Tigers; Taj Bradley, RHP, Rays; Andrew Painter, RHP, Phillies; J.J. Goss, RHP, Rays; Will Dion, RHP, Guardians; Kyle Virbitsky, RHP, Orioles; Trey Dombroski, LHP, Astros.

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