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.
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 ⅓ innings. .
Mizenko throws a hard sinker in the low-90s paired with a solid slider. His sinking fastball generates a ton of ground balls, which occasionally will find holes, and that has led to some bad luck. But good command and a solid slider have produced good strikeout totals.
Best manager prospect in the SAL went to Augusta manager Mike Goff. Goff brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and keeps the club gelling on a consistent basis, and he produces a winning atmosphere. Being voted by his peers says a lot about the respect others have for Goff.
Hickory’s Joey Gallo received his due as a solid defender by being voted best defensive third baseman in the league. Gallo’s power is well documented, but he can surprise with great footwork and a strong arm at third base.
Asheville’s Rosell Herrera took 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 .351/.430/.544 with 33 doubles, 16 home runs and 20 stolen bases at 20 years old.
Best pitching prospect went to West Virginia’s Tyler Glasnow, who has blown SAL hitters away in his first full-season assignment to the tune of a 2.50 ERA with 140 strikeouts in 97 ⅓ innings.
A STREAK OF THEIR OWN: The GreenJackets’ recent 11-game winning streak gave the team a boost in the SAL South standings, coming within striking distance of first place.
The first-place Lexington Legends have held the GreenJackets off for the moment with a streak of five consecutive wins.
Lexington is getting more production out of the lineup. Shortstop phenom Raul A. Mondesi has multiple hits in five of his past six games, including his seventh home run of the season. Center fielder Bubba Starling, who has disappointed with a sub-par full-season debut, is hitting .353 with three doubles and one home run in his past 10 games. The Legends held a 1½-game lead over the GreenJackets in the division entering Saturday.