Arizona Fall League 2018 Superlatives

Sometimes less is more. For example, the extended moment of commentator silence after a pivotal, game-changing play. That’s how I wanted to treat this post. These videos will do a much better job explaining various skills than my words ever could. Enjoy.

                                                              Position Players - Hit
Skill 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Overall Hit Vlad Guerrero Keston Hiura Carter Kieboom Tyler Nevin Nico Hoerner
Strikezone Awareness Vlad Guerrero Ryan McKenna Tyler Nevin Austin Listi Lucius Fox
Barrel Control Vlad Guerrero Carter Kieboom Keston Hiura Esteban Quiroz Austin Listi
Bat Speed Keston Hiura Vlad Guerrero Nico Hoerner Jazz Chisholm Jahmai Jones
Raw Power Peter Alonso Luis Robert Vladimir Guerrero Will Craig Darick Hall
Game Power Peter Alonso Vladimir Guerrero Luis Robert Will Craig Keston Hiura
Speed Nick Heath Julio Pablo Martinez Estevan Florial Taylor Trammell Andres Gimenez
Baserunning Acumen Keston Hiura Daulton Varsho Ronnie Dawson Skye Bolt  


                                                                Position Players - Defense
Skill 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Overall Defense Cristian Pache Lucius Fox Jazz Chisholm Ali Sanchez Cole Tucker
OF Range Cristian Pache Nick Heath Ryan McKenna Luis Barrera Daniel Woodrow
IF Range Lucius Fox Jazz Chisholm Andres Gimenez Cole Tucker Yu Chang
Instincts Lucius Fox Cristian Pache Ryan McKenna Laz Rivera Yu Chang
Hands Jazz Chisholm Lucius Fox Cole Tucker Yu Chang Hudson Potts
Feet Cole Tucker Jazz Chisholm Andres Gimenez Nico Hoerner Santiago Espinal
Arm Monte Harrison Cole Tucker Khalil Lee Cristian Pache Skye Bolt

Putting together videos for defense would be an arduous and often fruitless endeavor. Cristian Pache and Lucius Fox were definite standouts here. Both are incredibly tooled-up and instinctive players. They will contribute at the major league level regardless of the utility of their bats. Jazz Chisholm is special all around and might have been the most tooled-up player in the whole league. Laz Rivera made a crazy diving stop at Camelback Ranch one day to cut off an errant OF throw and saved multiple runs from scoring. It was an incredible display of instincts. Picking only five was hard for some of these categories. There were some serious tools on display this fall.

Skill 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Ease of Delivery Miguel Diaz Jon Duplantier Gregory Soto Melvin Adon Tyler Viza
Command Jordan Yamamoto Forrest Whitley Mike Shawaryn Tyler Viza  
Arm Speed J.B. Bukauskas Jordan Sheffield Darwinzon Hernandez Dalbert Siri Gerson Bautista
Deception Jackson McClelland Trent Thornton Justin Lawrence Jordan Mills Mike Shawaryn
Extension Nate Pearson Ryan Castellani Brett Hanewich Evan Kruczynski  
Fastball Nate Pearson Melvin Adon Miguel Diaz Justin Lawrence Jackson McClelland
Slider J.B. Bukauskas Garrett Williams Nate Pearson Matt Wivinis Ryan Castellani
Curveball Jordan Yamamoto Darwinzon Hernandez Justin Steele Forrest Whitley Jon Duplantier
Changeup Forrest Whitley Travis Radke Ryan Castellani Jesus Castillo Mike Shawaryn