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: Taylor Lindsey, 2B
Power: Randal Grichuk, OF
Eye: Drew Heid, OF
Base Stealer: Pedro Toribio, IF
K-Ability: R.J. Alvarez, RHP
Control: Matt Shoemaker, RHP
Best Hit Tool: The Angels continue to challenge Taylor Lindsey, a lefty swinging second baseman chosen in the supplemental first round three years ago. Lindsey tallied a line drive rate of 18.9% last season, a career high, and doesn’t swing-and-miss a lot either. He finished the season with a .274/.339/.441 triple-slash line in Class AA.
Best Power: The franchise’s first round pick 2009, Randal Grichuk set a career best in homeruns (22) while adding 27 doubles and eight triples. Grichuk has smacked 114 extra-base hits over the past two seasons.
Best Plate Discipline: Outfielder Drew Heid turned in his most impressive season to date, thanks in large part to an above-average eye at the plate. Heid walked in 52 of 411 plate appearances last season (12.7%) and could develop into a useful bench option.
Best Base Stealer: During his first stint in full season ball, Pedro Toribio was successful on 78.1% of his stolen base attempts (32-for-41). The switch-hitting middle infielder averaged nearly a one stolen base attempt every two games played.
Best Ability to Miss Bats: A third round pick out Florida Atlantic University in 2012, R.J. Alvarez struck out 79 of the 208 total batters he faced (38.0%), the sixth highest percentage among minor leaguers with 40+ plate appearances.
Best Control: Matt Shoemaker mixed some average-ish strikeout numbers with above-average control, allowing the right-hander to finally make his big league debut after toiling away in the minors for parts of six seasons.
Photo of Taylor Lindsey Courtesy of Mark Wagner/Travs via MiLB.com.