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.
[pullquote] Hit Tool: Corey Seager, SS
Power: Joc Pederson, CF
Eye: Joc Pederson, CF
Base Stealer: Joc Pederson, CF
K-Ability: Julio Urias, LHP
Control: Lindsey Caughel, RHP
Best Hit Tool: Corey Seager, the younger brother of Mariners third baseman Kyle, posted nearly identical triple-slash lines between his debut in rookie ball last season (.309/.383/.520) and his work in the Midwest League to open this year (.309/.389/.529). While his production nosedived during his 27-game stint in high Class A, Seager’s bat could be special.
Best Power: As a 21-year-old in the Southern League, center fielder Joc Pederson stroked 24 doubles, three triples, and 22 homeruns on his way to setting a career best .219 Isolated Power, or ISO. Pederson has 30-homerun potential.
Best Base Stealer: Not blazing fast but a fairly efficient base stealer, Joc Pederson has swiped 83 bags over the last three seasons, posting a success rate just over 75%. This season, however, Pederson grabbed 31 bags in 39 tries (79.5%).
Best Ability to Miss Bats: In a system graced by the likes of Matt Magill, Yimi Garcia and Onelki Garcia, it’s southpaw wunderkind Julio Urias that stands out above the pack. The then 16-year-old Urias spent the year posting incredible numbers in the Midwest League where the average hitter was nearly five years his senior. In 54.1 innings, the little lefty averaged 11.1 K/9 and punched out 67 of the 211 total batters he faced (31.7%).
Best Control: A nice find in the 23rd round two years ago, Lindsey Caughel issued just 23 free passes out of the 611 total batters he faced between his time with Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga. The right-hander has averaged just 1.5 BB/9 throughout his career in the lower minors.
Photo of Julio Urias Courtesy of Emily Jones/MiLB.com.