2015 Major League Best Tools

Baseball America asked every big league manager to break down the best major leaguers in a variety of categories.

2015 BEST TOOLS
Triple-A Double-A High Class A Low Class A
AMERICAN LEAGUE NATIONAL LEAGUE
BEST HITTER
1. Miguel Cabrera Tigers Paul Goldschmidt D-backs
2. Mike Trout Angels Bryce Harper Nationals
3. Prince Fielder Rangers Buster Posey Giants
BEST POWER
1. Mike Trout Angels Giancarlo Stanton Marlins
2. Nelson Cruz Mariners Bryce Harper Nationals
3. Miguel Cabrera Tigers Todd Frazier Reds
BEST BUNTER
1. Brett Gardner Yankees Dee Gordon Marlins
2. Erick Aybar Angels Billy Hamilton Reds
3. Delino DeShields Rangers x—Gerardo Parra  Brewers
BEST STRIKE-ZONE JUDGMENT
1. Jose Bautista Blue Jays Joey Votto Reds
2. Miguel Cabrera Tigers Paul Goldschmidt D-backs
3. Carlos Santana Indians Matt Carpenter Cardinals
BEST HIT-AND-RUN ARTIST
1. Jose Altuve Astros Yadier Molina Cardinals
2. Alcides Escobar Royals Martin Prado Marlins
3. Erick Aybar Angels D.J. LeMahieu  Rockies
BEST BASERUNNER
1. Jose Altuve Astros Dee Gordon  Marlins
2. Brett Gardner Yankees Billy Hamilton Reds
3. Mike Trout Angels Paul Goldschmidt D-backs
FASTEST BASERUNNER
1. Jarrod Dyson Royals Billy Hamilton Reds
2. Billy Burns Athletics Dee Gordon Marlins
3. Mike Trout Angels y—Ben Revere Phillies
MOST EXCITING PLAYER
1. Mike Trout Angels Bryce Harper  Nationals
2. Manny Machado Orioles Giancarlo Stanton Marlins
3. Jose Altuve Astros Andrew McCutchen Pirates
BEST PITCHER
1. Chris Sale White Sox Zack Greinke  Dodgers
2. Dallas Keuchel Astros Max Scherzer  Nationals
3. Chris Archer Rays Clayton Kershaw  Dodgers
BEST FASTBALL
1. Garrett Richards Angels Aroldis Chapman Reds
2. Jake McGee Rays Jake deGrom Mets
3. Yordano Ventura Royals Craig Kimbrel Padres
BEST CURVEBALL
1. Corey Kluber Indians 1. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
2. Sonny Gray Athletics 2 (tie). Gio Gonzalez Nationals
3. Dellin Betances Yankees 2 (tie). Jose Fernandez Marlins
BEST SLIDER
1. Chris Archer Rays Max Scherzer Nationals
2. Corey Kluber Indians Jose Fernandez Marlins
3. Chris Sale White Sox Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
BEST CHANGEUP
1. Felix Hernandez Mariners Cole Hamels Phillies
2. Chris Sale White Sox Zack Greinke Dodgers
3. Marco Estrada Blue Jays James Shields Padres
BEST CONTROL
1. Phil Hughes Twins Zack Greinke Dodgers
2 (tie). Mark Buehrle Blue Jays Max Scherzer Nationals
2 (tie). Dallas Keuchel Astros Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
BEST PICKOFF MOVE
1. Mark Buehrle Blue Jays Julio Teheran Braves
2. Wade Miley Red Sox Madison Bumgarner Giants
3. Chris Capuano Yankees w-Johnny Cueto Reds
BEST RELIEVER
1. Wade Davis Royals Aroldis Chapman Reds
2. Zach Britton Orioles Craig Kimbrel Padres
3. Dellin Betances Yankees Trevor Rosenthal Cardinals
BEST DEFENSIVE CATCHER
1. Salvador Perez Royals Yadier Molina Cardinals
2. Russell Martin Blue Jays Jonathan Lucroy  Brewers
3. Yan Gomes Indians Francisco Cervelli  Pirates
BEST DEFENSIVE 1B
1. Eric Hosmer Royals Paul Goldschmidt  D-backs
2. Mark Teixeira Yankees Adrian Gonzalez Dodgers
3. James Loney Rays Joey Votto Reds
BEST DEFENSIVE 2B
1. Dustin Pedroia Red Sox D.J. LeMahieu Rockies
2. Robinson Cano Mariners 2 (tie). Dee Gordon Marlins
3. Jose Altuve Astros 2 (tie). Brandon Phillips  Reds
BEST DEFENSIVE 3B
1. Manny Machado Orioles Nolan Arenado Rockies
2. Josh Donaldson Blue Jays Todd Frazier  Reds
3. Adrian Beltre Rangers Kris Bryant  Cubs
BEST DEFENSIVE SHORTSTOP
1. Alcides Escobar Royals Andrelton Simmons  Braves
2. Jose Iglesias Tigers Adeiny Hechavarria Marlins
3. J.J. Hardy Orioles Brandon Crawford Giants
BEST INFIELD ARM
1. Manny Machado Orioles Andrelton Simmons  Braves
2. Adrian Beltre Rangers y—Troy Tulowitzki Rockies
3. Josh Donaldson Blue Jays Nolan Arenado Rockies
BEST DEFENSIVE OUTFIELDER
1 (tie). Kevin Kiermaier Rays Andrew McCutchen Pirates
1 (tie). Lorenzo Cain Royals Denard Span Nationals
3. Adam Jones Orioles Billy Hamilton Reds
BEST OUTFIELD ARM
1. z—Yoenis Cespedes Tigers Yasiel Puig Dodgers
2. Leonys Martin Rangers x—Gerardo Parra Brewers
3. Kevin Kiermaier Rays Carlos Gonzalez Rockies
BEST MANAGER
1. Buck Showalter Orioles Bruce Bochy Giants
2. Terry Francona Indians Mike Matheny Cardinals
3. Paul Molitor Twins Joe Maddon Cubs
w—traded to Royals; x—traded to Orioles; y—traded to Blue Jays. z—traded to Mets

 

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