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: Wilmer Flores, IF
Power: Cesar Puello, OF
Eye: Allan Dykstra, 1B
Base Stealer: Cesar Puello, OF
K-Ability: Noah Syndergaard, RHP
Control: Rafael Montero, RHP
[/pullquote] Best Hit Tool: Sort of lost in the prospect talk – even in the Mets’ own system – Wilmer Flores has continued his methodical trek through the minors which cultivated in his big league debut late in the season. Flores, who’s just 21-years-old, hit .321/.357/.531 and .311/.361/.494 over the past two years in Class AA and AAA. Very strong contact skills.
Best Power: Cesar Puello, in the midst of a breakout season, was linked to Biogenesis and subsequently suspended. But the 22-year-old outfielder has flashed solid average power at points throughout his career, posting Isolate Power marks, or ISOs, of .163 and .138 in high Class A the two previous seasons while playing against older competition. This season, however, he slugged 39 extra-base hits in 91 games.
Best Plate Discipline: The very definition of a Quad-A player, first baseman and former first round pick of the Padres Allan Dykstra finished second among all MiLB’ers with 102 free passes. In six minor league seasons, Dykstra has walked in over 18% of his plate appearances.
Best Base Stealer: Again, Cesar Puello’s season was cut short – and rightly so – but he was able swipe 25 bags (in 32 attempts) while playing just 91 games. For his career, he’s averaged just over 46 stolen bases per 162 games.
Best Ability to Miss Bats: Part of the riches received for dealing Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey, the 6-foot-6 Noah Syndergaard continued to confound minor league hitters. The Texas-born Syndergaard split his season between the Florida State and Eastern Leagues where he registered 133 strikeouts in 117.2 innings (10.2 K/9). For his career, he’s averaged just over 10 punch outs per nine innings and struck out 27.8% of the batters he’s faced in his career.
Best Control: Once again, Rafael Montero showed his pinpoint strike zone artistry this season. The lanky right-hander posted a nearly 3-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio while average just 2.0 free passes per nine innings.
Photo of Noah Syndergaard Courtesy of Gordon Donovan/Binghamton Mets via MiLB.com.