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 80+ innings, and relievers with 40+ innings were considered. For more Top MiLB Tools click here.
Hit Tool: David Dahl, OF
Power: Kyle Parker, RF
Eye: Kyle Von Tungeln, OF
Base Stealer: Trevor Story, SS
K-Ability: Eddie Butler, RHP
Control: Christian Bergman, RHP
Best Hit Tool: Lost all but 10 games last season due to suspension and injury, David Dahl, the tenth pick in the 2012 draft, could move quickly despite missing so much time last year. In his brief professional tenure, Dahl has shown a decent eye and strong contact rates.
Best Power: Former Clemson two-sport star Kyle Parker, who quarterbacked the football team, slugged 23 doubles, three triples, and 23 homeruns in 2013, his third straight year with 20+ dingers. Parker owns a career .510 slugging and an Isolated Power of .217.
Best Plate Discipline: A touch old for his levels of competition thus far, Kyle Von Tungeln, a 13th round pick out of TCU in 2012, owns a career 120-to-106 strikeout to walk ratio and has walked in over 18% of his career plate appearances.
Best Base Stealer: Trevor Story’s triple-slash line plummeted to .233/.305/.394 as he moved away from Asheville’s ballpark, but he continued to show a knack for when to steal. Story swiped 23 bags in 24 attempts and owns a career 91.1% success rate.
Best Ability to Miss Bats: Among the biggest risers – if not the biggest – in the system, Eddie Butler struck out 143 in just over 149 innings spread across his stops in Asheville, Modesto, and Tulsa. He struck out 24.03% of the total batters he faced.
Best Control: Despite a lack of strikeouts, Christian Bergman has succeeded in the professional ranks because of his extreme ability to limit base-on-balls. Through 479.1 career innings, Bergman has issued just 82 walks (1.5 BB/9).
Photo of Kyle Parker Courtesy of Walter Barnard/MiLB.com.