Baseball America released its annual lists of best tools in each level of the minors as voted on by managers and coaches. Two Augusta GreenJackets made the list for the South Atlantic League.
Best reliever in the league went to Augusta's Tyler Mizenko. The 28th-rounder in 2011 out of Winthrop has a 3.04 ERA with 48 strikeouts to 20 walks in 47.1 innings. Mizenko's ERA was as low as sub-1 earlier in the season before his recent struggles, but he continues to throw strikes and show the same solid stuff that produced his success.
Mizenko throws a hard sinker in the low-90s paired with a solid slider. The sinking fastball generates a ton of ground balls, which occasionally will find holes, and that has led to some bad luck recently. But good command and a solid slider have produced good strikeout totals.
Best manager prospect in the SAL went to Augusta manager Mike Goff. I don't interact with the other managers in the league on a daily basis, but I can say Goff brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and keeps the club gelling on a consistent basis. I've never seen a minor league manager who wants to win more, either. Being voted by his peers says a lot about the respect others have for Goff.
There are no real surprises on the list. It's good to see Hickory's Joey Gallo get his due as a solid defensive third baseman. Everyone knows about Gallo's power, but he impressed me greatly with his footwork and arm at third base, proving he's more than a one-tool guy.
It's also not surprising to see Asheville's Rosell Herrera take home some awards, winning best batting prospect and most exciting player. There might not be a more complete player in the league. He's currently hitting .356/.436/.552 with 31 doubles, 16 home runs and 20 stolen bases at 20 years old.