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: Franklin Barreto, SS
Power: Ryan Schimpf, 2B/3B
Eye: Peter Mooney, SS
Base Stealer: Jon Berti, 2B
K-Ability: Marcus Stroman, RHP
Control: Marcus Stroman, RHP
Best Hit Tool: Arguably the top international free agent in 2012, the Jays inked Franklin Barreto to a $1.45 million signing bonus. Just 17-years-old, the Venezuelan-born shortstop hit .276/.343/.482 against the Gulf Coast and Appalachian Leagues.
Bets Power: Listed as a Marcus Stroman-esque 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, infielder Ryan Schimpf narrowly eclipsed his previous best in HRs, 22, by one last season. The former LSU standout owns a career .206 Isolated Power.
Best Plate Discipline: Lefty-swinging shortstop Peter Mooney has one above-average tool: the ability to get on base. After missing the entire 2012 season due to a torn right labrum, Mooney walked in 14.9% of his plate appearances last season, the fourth best total in the Florida State League.
Best Base Stealer: Jon Berti, an 18th round pick out of Bowling Green State University in 2011, swiped a career best 59 bags in 75 attempts (76.0%). For his career, Berti has stolen 113 bases in parts of three seasons.
Best Ability to Miss Bats: Whether he ends up in the rotation or the bullpen, Marcus Stroman’s ability to miss bats is among the best in the minor leagues. After serving a 50-game suspension for a banned stimulant, the 5-foot-9 right-hander fanned 28.1% of the hitters he faced last season, the second best mark in the Eastern League.
Best Control: What makes Marcus Stroman so dangerous is that he combines swing-and-miss stuff with above-average control/command. Stroman averaged just 2.18 free passes per nine innings and walked just 5.7% of the hitters he faced in 2013.
Photo of Ryan Schimpf Courtesy of Kevin Pataky via MiLB.com.