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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Here’s the best athlete in all 30 farm systems

Everyone loves an impressive showcase of athleticism on the baseball field. Whether it’s Byron Buxton improbably running down a ball in center field, Yasiel Puig uncorking a jaw-dropping throw from right or Cody Bellinger launching a tape-measure home run on what should be an unhittable pitch, there are eye-opening feats of athleticism across the Major Leagues on a daily basis.

Amidst our ongoing State of the System series, in which we provide an in-depth breakdown of all 30 teams’ systems, we’re using this week to highlight some of the premier athletes in the Minors—guys who possess the type of high-end athleticism and tools comparable to the aforementioned big leaguers.

Specifically, 20 of the 30 prospects selected by MLB Pipeline for the article are outfielders, and, overall, position players occupy all but one spot on the list.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2019 at 08:00 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 16, 2019 at 08:58 AM (#5901603)
I believe the consensus in the early 80's was that David Green was the best "athlete" in all of OB. Didn't do him much good
   2. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: November 16, 2019 at 09:46 AM (#5901608)
"Athletes" can't play pro ball. Only ballplayers can do that.
   3. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: November 16, 2019 at 09:59 AM (#5901612)
shockingly, with the exception of one RHP and one utility player they are all either SS or OF.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 16, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5901622)
Athleticism is like 15% of being a major leaguer. Great eyes, and quick hands are worth far more.
   5. bfan Posted: November 16, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5901635)
I get the need for filler articles during the off-season, but as to all of the above comments, yes, this athleticism is overblown in importance. Ask the Padres and Donovan Tate. They drafted him #4 over-all because he was a fabulous HS running back (he would have gone to UGA and been in the line of UGA running backs in the NFL), but that #4 draft money convinced Tate and turned his head. 4 crappy MiLB seasons later, because he, you know, couldn't hit a baseball that was pitched to him, ended his baseball career. However, Tate could still get to first base quickly after hitting the ball off of a tee.
   6. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 16, 2019 at 12:50 PM (#5901637)
Donovan Tate. They drafted him #4 over-all because he was a fabulous HS running back

Bref has him taken 3rd overall in the same draft that Strasburg was #1 and Trout was #25
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 16, 2019 at 01:10 PM (#5901643)
Yankees: Estevan Florial, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 82) - Though he has been slowed by injuries and swing-and-miss issues since signing out of Haiti in 2015, Florial has some of the best all-around tools in the Minor Leagues. His raw power, speed and arm strength all grade as well above average, and he projects as a plus defender in center field as well.
Surprising that a MLB publication is seemingly unaware that the Yankees have the next Mickey Mantle/Mike Trout in their system.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: November 17, 2019 at 02:49 PM (#5901834)
the Yankees have the next Mickey Mantle/Mike Trout in their system

Meh, he's Pujols' illegitimate kid which means he's really 25.

How do the Yanks have $5 M to spend on an international prospect? Or did they just go way over the limit?
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2019 at 03:24 PM (#5901840)
The Yankees International Bonus Pool was just under $5.4M, so they allocated ~ 90% of it to Jasson Dominguez. A small price to pay for a younger, switch-hitting Mike Trout. <fingers crossed>
   10. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: November 17, 2019 at 04:21 PM (#5901843)
It may not be especially meaningful but I’d rather read this than a piece about sign stealing, best shape of his life or completely unsubstantiated rumors.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: November 17, 2019 at 04:25 PM (#5901844)
It may not be especially meaningful but I’d rather read this than a piece about sign stealing, best shape of his life or completely unsubstantiated rumors.

Well sure, but why not an article on the best tools in each system? Best contact hitter, best raw power, best arm, etc. Those would be more meaningful.
   12. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: November 17, 2019 at 04:41 PM (#5901847)
I assume that’s coming at some point. Baseball America certainly lists that stuff. We got five months until there’s baseball and a lot of virtual ink to spill.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2019 at 05:37 PM (#5901851)
We got five months until there’s baseball and a lot of virtual ink to spill.
Only about 90 days until pitchers & catchers report! And you Red Sox fans get a jump on that by making Truck Day an unofficial holiday - we’ll soon be seeing articles on what great shape the tires are in this year.
   14. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: November 17, 2019 at 05:49 PM (#5901852)
Truck Day is special that’s for sure. Then it’s back to BSOHL and other critical spring training stories like the eye opening farm hand, the guy with the visa issues, the guy with the new swing and the ready to bounce back.

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