One of the things that I include in the Prospect Guide each year is spray charts that include the average, slugging percentage and isolated power to each part of the field for hitters that wind up in the Top 40. What those numbers are to the outfield spots are really the only ones that are important. While a few players did double on balls to the shortstop or second baseman (pop ups that weren’t caught, but weren’t errors), it’s the extra-base hits in the outfield that give us a good look at a guys power.

One thing to note of course is that park factors come into play when looking at things like this. Some parks are more hitter friendly than others, as are some leagues. Here is a quick breakdown of how the different parks and leagues play based on the 2013 season (I have not run the data for the 2014 season on all stadiums yet):

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It’s also worth noting that Arizona, Billings and Bakersfield all play in hitter friendly leagues as well. Louisville, Pensacola and Dayton play in leagues that are considered to be neutral.

Now that we have all of that out of the way, let’s take a look at which players had the best Isolated Power to the pull side (all number unadjusted):

The Top 10

Player Bats Pull
Taylor Sparks R 1.300
Juan Duran R 1.103
Marquez Smith R .989
Aristides Aquino R .978
Donald Lutz L .773
Seth Mejias-Brean R .736
Sean Buckley R .706
Reydel Medina L .700
Gavin LaValley R .700
Robert Ramirez L .676
Average for all 52 qualified players N/A .528

Taylor Sparks absolutely crushed the ball when he pulled it. His isolated power (batting average subtracted from slugging percentage) was off of the charts good. His 1.300 IsoP is the best over the last three years among Top 40 prospects. It should be noted that three of the four players to top the 1.000 IsoP in that time played in Billings, with only Juan Duran this year breaking the streak. Duran played in Pensacola where the left field is incredibly hitter friendly.

There really aren’t any surprises on the list in terms of the names that show up. All of the guys listed are above-average power potential guys.

How do the rest of the players stack up from the pull side power?

The complete list

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Player Bats Pull
Taylor Sparks R 1.300
Juan Duran R 1.103
Marquez Smith R .989
Aristides Aquino R .978
Donald Lutz L .773
Seth Mejias-Brean R .736
Sean Buckley R .706
Reydel Medina L .700
Gavin LaValley R .700
Robert Ramirez L .676
Jeff Gelalich L .673
Argenis Aldazoro L .667
Narciso Crook R .654
Cory Thompson R .652
Chad Tromp R .650
Felix Perez L .639
Brian O’Grady L .634
Jose Ortiz R .632
Alex Blandino R .619
Ty Washington R .615
Tanner Rahier R .600
Juan Silva L .583
Phillip Ervin R .580
Sebastion Elizalde L .563
Joe Hudson R .551
Beau Amaral L .526
Devin Lohman R .519
Kyle Waldrop L .517
Jesse Winker L .500
Junior Arias R .500
Avain Rachal R .500
Ryan Wright R .489
Jon Matthews R .467
KJ Franklin R .457
Yorman Rodriguez R .453
Luis Gonzalez R .444
Carlton Daal R .444
Brodie Greene R .442
Juan Perez L .426
Nick Benedetto R .393
Zach Vincej R .389
Garrett Boulware R .375
Tucker Barnhart (LHH) L .364
Neftali Soto R .316
Jose Siri R .250
Yovan Gonzalez R .250
Hector Vargas R .222
Sammy Diaz (LHH) L .172
Sammy Diaz (RHH) R .059
Tucker Barnhart (RHH) R .000
Chris Berset (LHH) L .000
Chris Berset (RHH) R .000

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