Baseball America is out with their always fun annual Best Tools Survey of minor league scouts and league managers.
Matt Harvey was named the Best Pitching Prospect in the International League despite not earning recognition for any single one of his pitches.
Zack Wheeler earned the nod as the Best Pitching Prospect in the Eastern League, with the Best Fastball and Best Breaking Pitch.
St. Lucie’s Alonzo Harris, who can really run, was named the Florida State League’s best baserunner. I touched on Harris yesterday, but he’s over 30 stolen bases, a new career-high, and has become a much better, more aggressive baserunner this year. He’s also getting on base more, giving him more opportunity to run, which probably makes him a better, more comfortable baserunner too. You know, it all starts with getting on base.
Also in St. Lucie, Ryan Ellis was named the FSL’s “Best Managerial Prospect.” Ellis’ team was crazy hot in the first half, setting a franchise record for wins when the team was a ridiculous 49-19. For what it’s worth, scouts have been nearly universal in their praise for Ellis and St. Lucie for playing hard every night.