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2017 Southern League Best Tools

Baseball America asked the men with the best seats in the house to break down the best players in each minor league in a variety of categories. Full-season managers, often with input from their coaching staffs, completed our Best Tools surveys in July.

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Southern League Best Tools
Best Batting Prospect: Ronald Acuna Mississippi (Braves)
Best Power Prospect: Kevin Cron Jackson (Diamondbacks)
Best Strike-Zone Judgment: LaMonte Wade Chattanooga (Twins)
Best Baserunner: Mauricio Dubon Biloxi (Brewers)
Fastest Baserunner: Johnny Davis Biloxi (Brewers)
Best Pitching Prospect: Michael Kopech Birmingham (White Sox)
Best Fastball: Michael Kopech Birmingham (White Sox)
Best Breaking Pitch: Dillon Maples Tennessee (Cubs)
Best Changeup: Jordan Guerrero Birmingham (White Sox)
Best Control: Tyler Mahle Pensacola (Reds)
Best Reliever: Jimmy Herget Pensacola (Reds)
Best Defensive Catcher: Michael Perez Jackson (Diamondbacks)
Best Defensive 1B: Joe McCarthy Montgomery (Rays)
Best Defensive 2B: David Bote Tennessee (Cubs)
Best Defensive 3B: Brian Anderson Jacksonville (Marlins)
Best Defensive SS: Nick Gordon Chattanooga (Twins)
Best Infield Arm: Dawel Lugo Jackson (Diamondbacks)
Best Defensive OF: Braxton Lee Jacksonville (Marlins)
Best Outfield Arm: Aristides Aquino Pensacola (Reds)
Most Exciting Prospect: Ronald Acuna Mississippi (Braves)
Best Manager Prospect: Jake Mauer Chattanooga (Twins)

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