** Baseball America started posting their survey results of the best tools in the minors. These are opinions from the managers and coaches in each league, rather than rankings put out by Baseball America. BA just does the legwork to get the surveys out there and put the information together. The International League was posted yesterday and two Pittsburgh Pirates made the list. Tyler Glasnow was voted as having the best breaking ball and Elias Diaz was voted as the best defensive catcher.
Last year's list had Glasnow as the best pitcher in the league and the best breaking ball. The Pirates also had Alen Hanson as the best defensive second baseman. Diaz wasn't eligible because he had played just a small handful of games with Indianapolis...
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