BEST FASTBALL: 1. Yordano Ventura 2. Kelvin Herrera.
Pretty easy call, right? Ventura and Herrera both can top 100 mph and generally sit in the 95-98 range.
"It's not just velocity," said one coach. "Their fastballs have tremendous movement and sinking action."
BEST CUTTER: 1. Wade Davis 2. Ventura
"Wade's cutter has so much late movement," a player said. "It comes out looking like a fastball, then just darts."
As for Ventura's cutter: "He doesn't use it much. But it's really good."
BEST CURVEBALL: 1. Davis 2. Edinson Volquez
"What's great about both their curveballs is they can change speeds on them," a player said. "Other guys change speeds, but really not intentionally."
Added a coach, "On any given night, Ventura's curve can be the best. Don't forget that."
BEST SLIDER: 1. Chris Young 2. Greg Holland
"Chris' slider is the best because it's the truest slider," said a coach. "Holly calls his a slider but it has kind of a curveball shape. It's hard like a slider but has a tight curve shape to it."
Said a player, "I'd have to go with Holly's slider -- that's his signature pitch. It's pretty deadly."
BEST CHANGEUP: 1. Herrera 2. Jason Vargas
"Herrera's changeup is a power changeup," said a coach. "He gets more swing and misses. It's got split-like action to it. Very tough."
Said a player, "Vargy gets swings and misses, too. He's got really good arm speed to it. And he's able to throw it right around 10 (mph) less than the fastball, which is perfect. Coming out of the hand, it looks like a fastball. (Jeremy) Guthrie's change is good, too."
BEST COMMAND: 1. Davis 2. Volquez
"Davis rarely misses his spots, and same thing for Volqy," said a player.