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Minor Leaguers With Major League Tools

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Kyle Tucker (Photo by Zachary Lucy/Four Seam Images)

Baseball America asked the men with the best seats in the house to break down the best players in all 10 full-season minor leagues in a variety of categories. Managers, often with input from their coaching staffs, completed our best tools surveys in July.

 TOOLSINTERNATIONALPACIFIC COASTEASTERNSOUTHERNTEXAS
BEST BATTING PROSPECTRonald Acuna Jr./Gwinnett (Braves)Kyle Tucker/Fresno (Astros)Vladimir Guerrero Jr./New Hampshire (Blue Jays)Eloy Jimenez/Birmingham (White Sox)Fernando Tatis Jr./San Antonio (Padres)
BEST POWER PROSPECTRonald Acuna Jr./Gwinnett (Braves)Tyler O’Neill/Memphis (Cardinals)Peter Alonso/Binghamton (Mets)Eloy Jimenez/Birmingham (White Sox)Austin Allen/San Antonio (Padres)
BEST STRIKE- ZONE JUDGMENTDanny Jansen/Buffalo (Blue Jays)Daniel Vogelbach/Tacoma (Mariners)Vladimir Guerrero Jr./New Hampshire (Blue Jays)Zack Collins/Birmingham (White Sox)Josh Naylor/San Antonio (Padres)
BEST BASERUNNERKevin Newman/Indianapolis (Pirates)Raimel Tapia/Albuquerque (Rockies)Jonathan Davis/New Hampshire (Blue Jays)Corey Ray/Biloxi (Brewers)Myles Straw/Corpus Christi (Astros)
FASTEST BASERUNNERAndrew Velazquez/Durham (Rays)Terrance Gore/Omaha (Royals)Jonathan Davis/New Hampshire (Blue Jays)Ben DeLuzio/Jackson (D-backs)Myles Straw/Corpus Christi (Astros)
BEST PITCHING PROSPECTJustus Sheffield/Scranton/W-B (Yankees)Dakota Hudson/Memphis (Cardinals)Mitch Keller/Altoona (Pirates)Griffin Canning/Mobile (Angels)Forrest Whitley/Corpus Christi (Astros)
BEST FASTBALLMichael Kopech/Charlotte (White Sox)Sandy Alcantara/New Orleans (Marlins)Mitch Keller/Altoona (Pirates)Dylan Cease/Birmingham (White Sox)C.D. Pelham/Frisco (Rangers)
BEST BREAKING PITCHJalen Beeks/Pawtucket (Red Sox)Austin Gomber/Memphis (Cardinals)Mitch Keller/Altoona (Pirates)Kyle Wright/Mississippi (Braves)Matt Festa/Arkansas (Mariners)
BEST CHANGEUPCole Irvin/Lehigh Valley (Phillies)Rogelio Armenteros/Fresno (Astros)Matt Pierpont/Hartford (Rockies)Wei-Chieh Huang/Jackson (D-backs)Forrest Whitley/Corpus Christi (Astros)
BEST CONTROLCole Irvin/Lehigh Valley (Phillies)Trent Thornton/Fresno (Astros)Peter Lambert/Hartford (Rockies)Duncan Robinson/Tennessee (Cubs)Logan Allen/San Antonio (Padres)
BEST RELIEVERCody Carroll/Scranton/W-B (Yankees)Jorge Lopez/Colorado Springs (Brewers)Matt Pierpont/Hartford (Rockies)Nate Griep/Biloxi (Brewers)Matt Festa/Arkansas (Mariners)
BEST DEFENSIVE CEric Haase/Columbus (Indians)Rocky Gale/Oklahoma City (Dodgers)Jake Rogers/Erie (Tigers)Brian Navarreto/Chattanooga (Twins)Sean Murphy/Midland (Athletics)
BEST DEFENSIVE 1BEdwin Espinal/Toledo (Tigers)Rangel Ravelo/Memphis (Cardinals)Will Craig/Altoona (Pirates)Jake Gatewood/Biloxi (Brewers)Taylor Jones/Corpus Christi (Astros)
BEST DEFENSIVE 2BNick Senzel/Louisville (Reds)Luis Urias/El Paso (Padres)Stephen Alemais/Altoona (Pirates)Isan Diaz/Jacksonville (Marlins)Eli White/Midland (Athletics)
BEST DEFENSIVE 3BRonny Rodriguez/Toledo (Tigers)Josh Fuentes/Albuquerque (Rockies)Ke'Bryan Hayes/Altoona (Pirates)Taylor Sparks/Pensacola (Reds)Evan Mendoza/Springfield (Cardinals)
BEST DEFENSIVE SSKevin Newman/Indianapolis (Pirates)Adalberto Mondesi/Omaha (Royals)Willi Castro/Akron (Indians)Zack Short/Tennessee (Cubs)Nicky Lopez/NW Arkansas (Royals)
BEST INFIELD ARMRio Ruiz/Gwinnett (Braves)Jorge Mateo/Nashville (Athletics)Brendan Rodgers/Hartford (Rockies)Lucas Erceg/Biloxi (Brewers)Fernando Tatis Jr./San Antonio (Padres)
BEST DEFENSIVE OFRonald Acuna Jr./Gwinnett (Braves)Magneuris Sierra/New Orleans (Marlins)Jonathan Davis/New Hampshire (Blue Jays)Monte Harrison/Jacksonville (Marlins)Braden Bishop/Arkansas (Mariners)
BEST OUTFIELD ARMGabby Guerrero/Louisville (Reds)Adolis Garcia/Memphis (Cardinals)Daniel Johnson/Harrisburg (Nationals)Aristides Aquino/Pensacola (Reds)Myles Straw/Corpus Christi (Astros)
MOST EXCITING PLAYERRonald Acuna Jr./Gwinnett (Braves)Kyle Tucker/Fresno (Astros)Vladimir Guerrero Jr./New Hampshire (Blue Jays)Eloy Jimenez/Birmingham (White Sox)Fernando Tatis Jr./San Antonio (Padres)
BEST MANAGER PROSPECTKevin Boles/Pawtucket (Red Sox)Rodney Linares/Fresno (Astros)Tony Mansolino/Akron (Indians)Shelley Duncan/Jackson (D-backs)Omar Lopez/Corpus Christi (Astros)
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2018 Pacific Coast League Top 20 Prospects

The prospect crop in the PCL stood out for both its star power and depth.

 TOOLSCALIFORNIACAROLINAFLORIDA STATEMIDWESTSOUTH ATLANTIC
BEST BATTING PROSPECTJo Adell/Inland Empire (Angels)Carter Kieboom/Potomac (Nationals)Jesus Sanchez/Charlotte (Rays)Alex Kirilloff/Cedar Rapids (Twins)Chad Spanberger/Asheville (Rockies)
BEST POWER PROSPECTRoberto Ramos/Lancaster (Rockies)Bobby Dalbec/Salem (Red Sox)Ibandel Isabel/Daytona (Reds)Ronaldo Hernandez/Bowling Green (Rays)Seuly Matias/Lexington (Royals)
BEST STRIKE- ZONE JUDGMENTLuis Rengifo/Inland Empire (Angels)Carter Kieboom/Potomac (Nationals)T.J. Friedl/Daytona (Reds)Ryan Noda/Lansing (Blue Jays)Jeremy Vasquez/Columbia (Mets)
BEST BASERUNNERLuis Rengifo/Inland Empire (Angels)D.J. Burt/Wilmington (Royals)Andres Gimenez/St. Lucie (Mets)Vidal Brujan/Bowling Green (Rays)Kirvin Moesquit/Delmarva (Orioles)
FASTEST BASERUNNERBuddy Reed/Lake Elsinore (Padres)D.J. Burt/Wilmington (Royals)Andres Gimenez/St. Lucie (Mets)Brayan Morales/Great Lakes (Dodgers)Drew Waters/Rome (Braves)
BEST PITCHING PROSPECTChris Paddack/Lake Elsinore (Padres)Dylan Cease/Winston-Salem (White Sox)Tony Santillan/Daytona (Reds)Hunter Greene/Dayton (Reds)Will Stewart/Lakewood (Phillies)
BEST FASTBALLMelvin Adon/San Jose (Giants)Dylan Cease/Winston-Salem (White Sox)Jorge Guzman/Jupiter (Marlins)Hunter Greene/Dayton (Reds)Robert Tyler/Asheville (Rockies)
BEST BREAKING PITCHTony Gonsolin/R. Cucamonga (Dodgers)Jonathan Hernandez/Down East (Rangers)Ryan Hendrix/Daytona (Reds)Jorge Tavarez/Burlington (Angels)Kyle Dohy/Lakewood (Phillies)
BEST CHANGEUPChris Paddack/Lake Elsinore (Padres)Jimmy Lambert/Winston-Salem (White Sox)Joey Wentz/Florida (Braves)Jovani Moran/Cedar Rapids (Twins)Denyi Reyes/Greenville (Red Sox)
BEST CONTROLChris Paddack/Lake Elsinore (Padres)Tanner Tully/Lynchburg (Indians)Austin Warner/Palm Beach (Cardinals)Nick Margevicius/Fort Wayne (Padres)Denyi Reyes/Greenville (Red Sox)
BEST RELIEVERJustin Lawrence/Lancaster (Rockies)C.D. Pelham/Down East (Rangers)Ryan Hendrix/Daytona (Reds)John Ghyzel/Dayton (Reds)Joe Barlow/Hickory (Rangers)
BEST DEFENSIVE CBrian Serven/Lancaster (Rockies)Tres Barrera/Potomac (Nationals)Rene Pinto/Charlotte (Rays)Miguel Amaya/South Bend (Cubs)Sebastian Rivero/Lexington (Royals)
BEST DEFENSIVE 1BEvan White/Modesto (Mariners)Gavin Sheets/Winston-Salem (White Sox)Nate Lowe/Charlotte (Rays)Jared Young/South Bend (Cubs)Nick Pratto/Lexington (Royals)
BEST DEFENSIVE 2BMax George/Lancaster (Rockies)Brett Netzer/Salem (Red Sox)Diego Castillo/Tampa (Yankees)Irving Lopez/Peoria (Cardinals)Bret Boswell/Asheville (Rockies)
BEST DEFENSIVE 3BColton Welker/Lancaster (Rockies)Abraham Toro/Buies Creek (Astros)Evan Mendoza/Palm Beach (Cardinals)Nolan Jones/Lake County (Indians)Trevor Craport/Delmarva (Orioles)
BEST DEFENSIVE SSBrandon Van Horn/San Jose (Giants)Luis Aviles/Carolina (Brewers)Andres Gimenez/St. Lucie (Mets)Taylor Walls/Bowling Green (Rays)Jose Devers/Greensboro (Marlins)
BEST INFIELD ARMCristian Santana/R. Cucamonga (Dodgers)Anderson Tejeda/Down East (Rangers)Andres Gimenez/St. Lucie (Mets)Gabriel Arias/Fort Wayne (Padres)Oneil Cruz/West Virginia (Pirates)
BEST DEFENSIVE OFBuddy Reed/Lake Elsinore (Padres)Leody Taveras/Down East (Rangers)Cristian Pache/Florida (Braves)Jeisson Rosario/Fort Wayne (Padres)Drew Waters/Rome (Braves)
BEST OUTFIELD ARMBrandon Marsh/Inland Empire (Angels)Leody Taveras/Down East (Rangers)Taylor Trammell/Daytona (Reds)Eleardo Cabrera/Bowling Green (Rays)Seuly Matias/Lexington (Royals)
MOST EXCITING PLAYERJo Adell/Inland Empire (Angels)Carter Kieboom/Potomac (Nationals)Cristian Pache/Florida (Braves)Royce Lewis/Cedar Rapids (Twins)Seuly Matias/Lexington (Royals)
BEST MANAGER PROSPECTJoe Mather/Visalia (D-backs)Morgan Ensberg/Buies Creek (Astros)Mike Rabelo/Lakeland (Tigers)Craig Albernaz/Bowling Green (Rays)Marty Malloy/Lakewood (Phillies)

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