Patrick Teale

Here are the top Yankees prospects in many different tools categories.

Over the next few weeks we'll be dissecting the top ten Yankees prospects in many different tools' categories in a series of articles called "Tool Time". Before we do, here is a look at the top pitching, offensive and defensive tools as we crown players with titles such as "Best Curveball", "Best Outfield Arm", "Best Power", and many more.

Best Hitter For Average - Rob Refsnyder - Relegated to the minor league yet again he is best equipped to lead the way hitting-wise.
Honorable Mention - Ben Gamel,
Coming Soon - Thairo Estrada

Best Hitter For Power - Aaron Judge - The departure of Jagielo in the offseason leaves the power department thinner than before in the long-season leagues.
Honorable Mention - Gary Sanchez
Coming Soon - Nelson Gomez

Best Fastball Hitter - Gary Sanchez - Miguel Andujar deserves a mention but few can turn on a heater like Sanchez.
Honorable Mention - Jorge Mateo
Coming Soon - Trey Amburgey

Best Breaking Ball Hitter - Rob Refsnyder - What makes Refsnyder such a good hitter is his ability to handle secondary pitches.
Honorable Mention - Ben Gamel
Coming Soon - Luis Torrens,

Best Plate Discipline - Aaron Judge - He strikes out a bunch but it's because of his refusal to swing at what he considers borderline pitches.
Honorable Mention - Rob Refsnyder,
Coming Soon - Luis Torrens

Best Left-Handed Swing – Dustin Fowler - This lefty is surely coming into his own and he has one of the sweetest swings.
Honorable Mention - Ben Gamel
Coming Soon - Hoy Jun Park

Best Right-Handed Swing - Rob Refsnyder – Mechanically speaking, it has been and continues to be as good as it gets.
Honorable Mention - Gary Sanchez
Coming Soon - Luis Torrens

Best Base Runner - Jorge Mateo - Forget just how fast he is, he's actually pretty heady on the base paths too.
Honorable Mention - Abiatal Avelino
Coming Soon - Ricardo Ferreira
Best Raw Speed - Jorge Mateo - Nobody comes even close.
Honorable Mention - Slade Heathcott
Coming Soon - Ricardo Ferreira

Best Athlete - Jorge Mateo - He'd be one of the top football players in the country too had he been born in the United States.
Honorable Mention - Slade Heathcott
Coming Soon - Estevan Florial

Best Untapped Talent - Slade Heathcott - We've only seen glimpses over the injury-riddled years of what he can actually do.
Honorable Mention - Mason Williams
Coming Soon - Leonardo Molina

Pitching Honors:

Deepest Repertoire - Brady Lail - Only one grades out as a plus pitch but he has four other quality big league offerings too.
Honorable Mention - Daniel Camarena
Coming Soon - James Kaprielian

Best Fastball For Starting Pitcher - Chance Adams - Both Gabe Encinas and Jose Campos could slide in here but few can match Adams' velocity and control.
Honorable Mention - Cale Coshow
Coming Soon - Domingo Acevedo

Best Fastball For Relief Pitcher - Johnny Barbato - He doesn't hit 100 mph but he comfortably sits 94-97 mph with solid movement,
Honorable Mention - Jacob Lindgren
Coming Soon - Cody Carroll

Best Curveball - Chance Adams - With Betances and Mitchell graduated to the big leagues Adams now has the top curveball.
Honorable Mention - Ian Clarkin,
Coming Soon - Austin DeCarr

Best Slider - Jacob Lindgren - Simply filthy.
Honorable Mention - Mark Montgomery,
Coming Soon - James Kaprielian

Best Changeup - Brady Lail – Ian Clarkin and Caleb Smith both deserve mention here too but Lail's is just so consistent it's scary.
Honorable Mention - Jordan Montgomery
Coming Soon - Domingo Acevedo

Best Control - Daniel Camarena - Like Montgomery he gets dinged by critics for average fastball velocity but the guy can paint corners with the best of them.  Campos, Lail, and Jordan Montgomery deserve a mention too.
Honorable Mention - Chance Adams
Coming Soon - Nestor Cortes

Best Mechanics - Brady Lail - The top three mechanically are all so close that it's like splitting hairs. Brady Lail is among that trio.
Honorable Mention - Daniel Camarena
Coming Soon - James Kaprielian

Best Raw Arm - Johnny Barbato - He's ready to show big leaguers just how good his arm truly is.
Honorable Mention - Chance Adams
Coming Soon - Domingo Acevedo

Best Overall Potential - Chance Adams - Kaprielian would rank first if he had any long-season league experience thus far and perhaps so would Domingo Acevedo.
Honorable Mention - Gabe Encinas
Coming Soon - James Kaprielian

Most Polished Pitcher - Brady Lail - He's really big league ready right now but doesn't have a roster spot yet.
Honorable Mention - Ian Clarkin
Coming Soon - James Kaprielian

Defensive Honors:

Best Defensive Pitcher - Daniel Camarena - Not much has changed in this category.
Honorable Mention - Matt Tracy
Coming Soon - Nestor Cortes

Best Defensive Outfielder - Mason Williams - Still rookie eligible, Williams is a defensive stud.
Honorable Mention - Slade Heathcott
Coming Soon - Estevan Florial

Best Defensive Infielder - Tyler Wade - Kyle Holder would rank first if he had long-season league experience.
Honorable Mention - Abiatal Avelino
Coming Soon - Kyle Holder

Best Defensive Catcher - Luis Torrens - He has some long-season league at-bats under is belt and because of that he grabs the top spot.  Kyle Higashioka deserves another mention here too.
Honorable Mention - Gary Sanchez
Coming Soon - Jason Lopez

Best Outfield Instincts - Mason Williams - He's still learning the corner spots but in center is where he really shines.
Honorable Mention - Slade Heathcott
Coming Soon -- Carlos Vidal

Best Outfield Range - Mason Williams - He's lost a step perhaps but the range is still tops in the farm system.
Honorable Mention - Slade Heatchott
Coming Soon - Jeff Hendrix

Best Outfield Arm - Aaron Judge - He's got an absolute bazooka on his shoulder.
Honorable Mention - Slade Heathcott
Coming Soon - Estevan Florial

Best Infield Arm - Cito Culver - The bat hasn't developed but the arm is still quite special.
Honorable Mention - Abiatal Avelino
Coming Soon - Kyle Holder

Best Infield Range - Jorge Mateo - Fastest feet gives him the best range.
Honorable Mention - Cito Culver
Coming Soon - Wikerman Garcia

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