With the minor league season officially wrapped up, it’s time to look back at the each organization’s top tools. Note: only everyday players with 250+ plate appearances, starting pitchers with 100+ innings, and relievers with 40+ innings were considered. For more Top MiLB Tools click here.
Hit Tool: Jose Peraza, SS
Power: Joey Terdoslavich, RF
Eye: Kyle Kubitza, 3B
Runner: Jose Peraza, SS
K-Ability: Lucas Sims, RHP
Control: Ryan Weber, RHP
[/pullquote] Best Hit Tool: While there are some questions about the amount power he’ll eventually develop, shortstop Jose Peraza should develop into a consistent .300-type hitter given his improving plate discipline, low strikeout rates, and plus-speed.
Best Power: A sneaky-type prospect that could develop into a solid everyday player, Joey Terdoslavich has consistently shown solid-average or better power through his career. This season, a repeat in Triple-A, he slugged 24 doubles, one triple, and 18 homeruns in 85 International League games. He’s also just two years removed from hitting a whopping 74 extra-base hits in high Class A.
Best Power: A third round pick in 2011, Kyle Kubitza has steadily improved his plate discipline in each of the last two seasons. After walking in 12.6% of his plate appearances in 2011, that number improved to 13.7% in low Class A and 15.2% this past season.
Best Base Stealer: The teenaged Jose Peraza finished the year with 64 stolen bases, the seventh highest total in the minors, despite playing at least seven games fewer than five of the six players ahead of him. The young shortstop was also efficient as well, successfully nabbing a base 81% of the time.
Best Ability to Miss Bats: After averaging 10.3 K/9 in both of the Braves’ stateside rookie leagues during his debut, Lucas Sims, the 21st overall pick in the 2012 draft, maintained virtually the same K-rate despite moving up to South Atlantic League. The 19-year-old right-hander faced a total of 481 batters this season, striking out 134, or just under 28%.
Best Control: A bit of swingman for the Braves’ minor league teams throughout his career, Ryan Weber, who’s started 50 games and relieved 57 including finishing 28, has averaged just 1.7 BB/9 during his work in professional ball. This season was no different for the right-hander. Weber averaged a career best 1.4 BB/9 and issued free passes to under 3.9% of the batters he faced.
Photo of Lucas Sims Courtesy of Rome Braves via MiLB.com.