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: Rougned Odor, 2B
Power: Joey Gallo, 3B
Eye: Chris McGuiness, 1B
Base Stealer: Rougned Odor, 2B
K-Ability: Luke Jackson, RHP
Control: Jerad Eickhoff, RHP
[/pullquote] Best Hit Tool: Nineteen-year-old second baseman Rougned Odor hit a combined .305/.365/.474 across the Carolina and Texas Leagues. Odor showed a strong contact and promising power against much older competition.
Best Power: Third baseman Joey Gallo, the elite power hitter in the minor leagues, slugged a leading 40 homeruns in 2013. In just over a full MLB season’s worth of games, Gallo has slugged 62 homeruns and owns a career .377 Isolated Power.
Best Plate Discipline: Grabbed by the Indians during the Rule 5 draft, Texas reacquired 25-year-old first baseman Chris McGuiness and sent the first baseman to Class AAA where he walked in 15.6% of his plate appearances. For his career, McGuiness has posted a BB-rate just north of 14.5%.
Best Base Runner: Already owner of the farm’s top hit tool, Rougned Odor swiped 32 bases in 42 attempts. Both the total number of bags and the success rate (76.2%) are career bests.
Best Ability to Miss Bats: After averaging 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 2012, hard-throwing right-hander Luke Jackson fanned 134 hitters in 128 innings of work across the Carolina and Texas Leagues last season.
Best Control: A late round pick in 2011, right-hander Jerad Eickhoff continued to make progress through the lower rungs of the minors leagues, posting a 3.41 ERA in large part due to above-average control. Eickhoff, who average just 6.2 K/9 in high Class A, walked 26 hitters in 116 innings with Myrtle Beach. His numbers took a noticeable downturn with Frisco, but he’s average just 2.5 BB/9 for his career.
Photo of Joey Gallo Courtesy of Dano Keeney/MiLB.com.