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Down on the Farm - Top MLB Prospects - 2015 MLB Season Preview - Best Tools

The 2015 Major League Baseball season is upon us and we are inundated with top prospect lists. Well, here is another, but rest assured we at RotoPicks are always a step ahead. Using Baseball America's Top 100 2015 Prospects List, here are the toolsiest prospects, with ratings from 80 (elite) down to 20 (poor) based on the scouting scale.

To better understand the impact of the scouting ratings, here is a table that can help you see what is needed for the hit tool, power tool, speed tool, fastball tool, and control tool on the 80-20 Scouting Scale:

GradeAVGHRSpeed LHHSpeed RHHSP VeloRP VeloZone %
800.336 46+3.83.997+100+54.40%
700.313 37-453.9494-9697.5-10051.50%
600.29 28-3644.192-9395-97.548.60%
500.267 19-274.14.291-9292.5-9545.70%
400.244 11-184.24.388-9090-92.542.80%
300.221 4-104.34.485-8787.5-9039.90%
200.199 0-34.44.50-8485-87.537.00%

Another way to look at it is like this:

Scouting Grade Term % of players with this skill (MLB)
20 Poor 0.2%
30 Well Below-Average 2.1%
40 Below-Average 13.6%
50 Average 68.2%
60 Plus 13.6%
70 Plus-Plus 2.1%
80 Top End 0.2%

80 Ratings

An 80 rating is the absolute highest scouting grade a prospect could get. These are the elite, All-Star caliber tools of the 2015 prospect class. Check out the stats for each tool with an 80 scouting grade in the above table.

Kris Bryant - Power

Byron Buxton - Speed, Defense

Joey Gallo - Power

Lucas Giolito - Fastball

Tyler Glasnow - Fastball

Reynaldo Lopez - Fastball

Tyler Kolek - Fastball

Jose Peraza - Speed


70 Ratings

A 70 rating is right below the 80 scouting grade, the second best grade a prospect could get, plus-plus. These are still elite, All-Star caliber tools from the 2015 prospect class. Take note of the players with multiple grades of 70.

Byron Buxton - Hit, Arm

Carlos Correa - Arm

Corey Seager - Hit

Joey Gallo - Arm

Lucas Giolito - Curve

Francisco - Defense

Julio Urias - Curve, Changeup

Noah Syndergaard - Fastball

Jorge Soler - Power, Arm

Miguel Sano - Power, Arm

Carlos Rodon - Slider

Alex Jackson - Power

Robert Stephenson - Fastball, Curve

Jon Gray - Fastball

Aaron Sanchez - Fastball

Raul A. Mondesi - Speed

Jameson Taillon - Fastball

Dalton Pompey - Defense

Michael Taylor - Defense

Steve Matz - Fastball

Luis Severino - Fastball, Changeup

Dylan Bundy - Fastball

Marco Gonzales - Changeup

Dylan Bundy - Fastball

Alex Reyes - Fastball

Aaron Judge - Power

Yasmany Tomas - Power

Alex Meyer - Fastball

Trea Turner - Speed

Jorge Alfaro - Arm

Touki Toussaint - Curve

Hunter Renfroe - Power

Kyle Zimmer - Fastball

Erick Fedde - Fastball, Slider

Tim Anderson - Speed

Tyrone Taylor - Defense

Spencer Adams - Fastball

Pitchers Whose 3 Best Tools Total 185+

3 Best Tools185+
Lucas Giolito210
Julio Urias200
Luis Severino200
Noah Syndergaard190
Tyler Glasnow190
Robert Stephenson190
Aaron Sanchez190
Carlos Rodon185
Mark Appel185
Alex Reyes185
Tyler Kolek185

Hitters Whose Hit + Power Tools Total 120+

Kris Bryant140
Byron Buxton130
Corey Seager130
Joey Gallo130
Alex Jackson130
Carlos Correa125
Addisson Russell120
Miguel Sano120
Kyle Schwarber120
Jesse Winker120
Aaron Judge120
Hunter Renfroe120

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