Prospect Watch: Top 10 Throwing Arms

InsidethePark.com's Jason A. Churchill ranks the best throwing arms in the Mariners' farm system. None of these will surprise you much but there were some pretty good arms left off the list. The criteria was very basic. Arm strength, accuracy, instincts as to when to air one out, and when to hit the cut-off man or put it in the hip pocket instead. Only infielders and outfielders were considered as pitchers and catchers are in their own categories.

10. Reynaldo Cruz, OF, Peoria Mariners
With two outfield assists from right field, Cruz puts himself on the map in a hurry. If his bat follows suit, his arm is a plus asset.

9. Jeff Flaig, 3B, Peoria Mariners
Prior to the shoulder injury, Flaig was seen as a potential gold glover at the hot corner due to his plus arm. Though his bat is his best tool, his healthy right arm should help him progress through the minors.

8. Greg Dobbs, 3B, Tacoma Rainiers
As accurate as any arm the M's have in their system, Dobbs makes every play at third and shows off the arm when necessary. Just about as strong as Justin Leone's and consistently more accurate.

7. Chris Colton, OF, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
The ability to play all three outfield positions has given Colton the chance to throw from each spot. Ultimately, the 22-year-old has a center fielder's arm but the strength and accuracy combination is good enough for right field in the minor leagues.

6. Michael Morse, SS, San Antonio Missions
Equipped with a rifle arm that suits both shortstop and the hot corner, Morse needs to improve his accuracy a little bit to join the big boys in this category.

5. Greg Jacobs, OF, Tacoma Rainiers
Speaking of the big boys, Jacobs is all of 5-foot, 8-inches, but packs quite the hose in right field for Tacoma. Base runners are often held up at third on singles to Jacobs.

4. Matt Tuiasosopo, SS, Peoria Mariners
Tui has the arm to play anywhere, displayed in both baseball and football as a top prepp quarterback. The outfield is possibly his defensive destination but he won't be moved from shortstop due to the lack of a throwing arm.

3. T.J. Bohn, OF, San Antonio Missions
Bohn could probably lead any league in the minors in assists and has the arm to play center field as well as right. While his bat stays steady, watch for Bohn's laser beam tosses to nail greedy runners. It's fun to watch.

2. Shin-soo Choo, OF, San Antonio Missions
Choo is thought to have the best arm in the circuit, as voted on by the managers in the Double-A Texas League. The former power pitcher was throwing in the low-to-mid 90's when he signed with the Mariners as a teenager. Not many try and take the extra base when Choo has the ball in his hand.

1. Adam Jones, SS, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Jones might have the second best throwing arm in the system- including the Major League roster. Ichiro's right arm might be the only noodle to trump the 19-year-old's cannon right limb. The first baseman that receive the throws should probably pack some Charmin when Jones is firing seeds across the diamond for nine innings. Jones is also a former high school pitcher, often reaching 95 MPH on the radar gun. Watch for the San Diego native to showcase the arm whenever the opportunity presents itself.

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