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Best Hitter For Average: Mike Daniel - The lefty swinging Daniel was Vermont's only .300 hitter (he hit .304) this season, and also showed the consistent sweet swing that made him a 7th round pick in the 2005 draft.
Best Hitter For Power: Francisco Guzman - Despite the fact that he is already 22-years-old, the Nationals have been very patient with the potentially lethal bat of Francisco Guzman. Their patience began to pay off, as the righty slugger led the Lake Monsters in long balls this season.
Best Plate Discipline: Jonathan Martinez - The soon to be 22-year-old not only showed raw pop in his bat, but the ability to take pitches and draw his walks. He led Vermont in that category, but needs to refine his ability to make contact.
Best Base Runner: Justin Maxwell - Maxwell took home the top spot in many of these categories, but his base running skills may have stood out the most. Everyone knew of his speed, but his instincts proved to be fantastic as well.
Best Raw Speed: Justin Maxwell - Vermont had their share of speedy runners in 2006, but Maxwell once again takes the top spot. He gets fantastic acceleration, but his first to third speed is perhaps even more impressive.
Best Athlete: Justin Maxwell - Frequently referred to as perhaps Washington's only five tool prospect, Maxwell is a special athlete that is now learning the ins and outs of professional baseball.
Best Untapped Talent: Ryan Delaughter - He was the incredible throwing arm and titanic raw power, but Ryan Delaughter has not quite learned to translate that into game success. If and when he does, he could skyrocket up the prospect charts.
Deepest Repertoire: Jack Spradlin - A true example of a polished pitcher coming out of a top notch college program at USC, Spradlin has three different pitches that he commands and throws for strikes in his fastball, breaking ball and changeup.
Best Fastball For Starting Pitcher: Cory Van Allen - Sitting in the low-90's, velocity hasn't been an issue for the southpaw. Instead, it has been getting movement on
Best Fastball For Relief Pitcher: Juan De Los Santos - There are probably only a handful of left-handed pitchers in the minor leagues that can run a fastball up there as well as Juan De Los Santos. He reached 99 MPH on the radar gun this season, sitting at 94-97 MPH. His control, on the other hand, leaves something to be desired.
Best Curveball: Glenn Gibson - Gibson made his debut very late in the season, but in that short time he showed off a super, advanced breaking ball. It is already a Major League average pitching and figures to be a well above average down the road.
Best Slider: Juan De Los Santos - He not only used his blazing fastball to rack up strikeouts, but an excellent slider as well. He still has problems locating it, but when he does he can be nearly unhittable.
Best Changeup: Jack Spradlin - Couple with a deceptive wind up, but a less than overpowering fastball, Spradlin can dominate a game with his changeup. Hitters have almost no reaction time with his funky motion and he catches them way out in front.
Best Control: Jack Spradlin - Continuing his assault on the pitching honors, Spradlin showed the most advanced command of all his pitches among Vermont hurlers.
Best Raw Arm: Juan De Los Santos - Most scouts believe that if Juan De Los Santos can harness his explosive fastball at least a little, he has the ability to make an impact as a big league reliever.
Best Defensive Outfielder: Justin Maxwell - There may not have been another center fielder in the New York-Penn League that covered as much ground as Justin Maxwell. He flashes excellent instincts and simply let's his pure athleticism do the rest.
Best Defensive Infielder: Michael Martinez - Yes, he did commit 19 errors in 45 games for Vermont, but that may have been a result of Martinez' fantastic range. He has an outstanding first step and showed enough arm to play shortstop at the next level.
Best Defensive Catcher: Erick San Pedro - He didn't spent the entire season with Vermont, but San Pedro is still widely regarded as one of the top defensive catchers in minor league baseball. If he can swing the bat consistently, he could be a force at the big league level.
Best Outfield Arm: Ryan Delaughter - Delaughter has such a strong throwing arm that many scouts seriously considered drafted him as a pitcher out of high school. He had one of the most feared throwing arms in the New York-Penn League in 2006.
Best Infield Arm: Ricky Caputo - Not one Lake Monster truly jumped out as having as cannon for a throwing arm in the infield, but Caputo showed he could consistently make the throw across the diamond with very little problem.
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