2014 Major League Best Tools

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

2014 BEST TOOLS
MLB Triple-A Double-A High Class A Low Class A
AMERICAN LEAGUE
BEST HITTER TEAM
1. Miguel Cabrera Tigers
2. Mike Trout Angels
3. Robinson Cano Mariners
BEST POWER
1. Jose Abreu White Sox
2. Miguel Cabrera Tigers
3. Edwin Encarnacion Blue Jays
BEST BUNTER
1. Erick Aybar Angels
2. Brett Gardner Yankees
3. Alcides Escobar Royals
BEST STRIKE-ZONE JUDGMENT
1. Victor Martinez Tigers
2. Miguel Cabrera Tigers
3. Carlos Santana Indians
BEST HIT-AND-RUN ARTIST
1. Erick Aybar Angels
2 (tie). Jose Altuve Astros
2 (tie). Michael Brantley Indians
BEST BASERUNNER
1. Jose Altuve Astros
2. Jacoby Ellsbury Yankees
3. Coco Crisp Athletics
FASTEST BASERUNNER
1. Jarrod Dyson Royals
2. Rajai Davis Tigers
3. Mike Trout Angels
MOST EXCITING PLAYER
1. Mike Trout Angels
2. Miguel Cabrera Tigers
3. Jose Altuve Astros
BEST PITCHER
1. Felix Hernandez Mariners
2. Masahiro Tanaka Yankees
3. Jon Lester Red Sox/Athletics
BEST FASTBALL
1. Garrett Richards Angels
2. Jake McGee Rays
3. Yordano Ventura Royals
BEST CURVEBALL
1. Dellin Betances Yankees
2. Corey Kluber Indians
3. Justin Verlander Tigers
BEST SLIDER
1. Yu Darvish Rangers
2 (tie). Chris Sale White Sox
2 (tie). Max Scherzer Tigers
BEST CHANGEUP
1. Felix Hernandez Mariners
2 (tie). Max Scherzer Tigers
2 (tie). James Shields Royals
BEST CONTROL
1. David Price Rays/Tigers
2. Hisashi Iwakuma Mariners
3. Phil Hughes Twins
BEST PICKOFF MOVE
1. Mark Buehrle Blue Jays
2. James Shields Royals
3. Ryan Feierabend Rangers
BEST RELIEVER
1. Greg Holland Royals
2. Dellin Betances Yankees
3. Koji Uehara Red Sox
BEST DEFENSIVE CATCHER
1. Salvador Perez Royals
2. Alex Avila Tigers
3. Yan Gomes Indians
BEST DEFENSIVE 1B
1. Eric Hosmer Royals
2. James Loney Rays
3. Mark Teixeira Yankees
BEST DEFENSIVE 2B
1. Dustin Pedroia Red Sox
2. Robinson Cano Mariners
3. Ian Kinsler Tigers
BEST DEFENSIVE 3B
1. Adrian Beltre Rangers
2. Evan Longoria Rays
3. Josh Donaldson Athletics
BEST DEFENSIVE SHORTSTOP
1. Alcides Escobar Royals
2. Erick Aybar Angels
3. J.J. Hardy Orioles
BEST INFIELD ARM
1. Adrian Beltre Rangers
2. Manny Machado Orioles
3. Yunel Escobar Rays
BEST DEFENSIVE OUTFIELDER
1. Alex Gordon Royals
2. Adam Jones Orioles
3. Mike Trout Angels
BEST OUTFIELD ARM
1. Yoenis Cespedes Athletics/Red Sox
2. Leonys Martin Rangers
3. Jose Bautista Blue Jays
BEST MANAGER
1. Bob Melvin Athletics
2. Mike Scioscia Angels
3. Joe Maddon Rays

NATIONAL LEAGUE
BEST HITTER TEAM
1. Troy Tulowitzki Rockies
2. Andrew McCutchen Pirates
3. Paul Goldschmidt D-backs
BEST POWER
1. Giancarlo Stanton Marlins
2. Paul Goldschmidt D-backs
3. Yasiel Puig Dodgers
BEST BUNTER
1. Dee Gordon Dodgers
2. Billy Hamilton Reds
3. Everth Cabrera Padres
BEST STRIKE-ZONE JUDGMENT
1. Andrew McCutchen Pirates
2. Joey Votto Reds
3. Matt Carpenter Cardinals
BEST HIT AND RUN ARTIST
1. Yadier Molina Cardinals
2 (tie). Martin Prado D-backs/Yankees
2 (tie). Jonathan Lucroy Brewers
BEST BASERUNNER
1. Billy Hamilton Reds
2. Dee Gordon Dodgers
3. Andrew McCutchen Pirates
FASTEST BASERUNNER
1. Billy Hamilton Reds
2. Dee Gordon Dodgers
3. Ben Revere Phillies
MOST EXCITING PLAYER
1. Andrew McCutchen Pirates
2. Yasiel Puig Dodgers
3. Carlos Gomez Brewers
BEST PITCHER
1. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
2. Adam Wainwright Cardinals
3. Johnny Cueto Reds
BEST FASTBALL
1. Aroldis Chapman Reds
2. Craig Kimbrel Braves
3. Edinson Volquez Pirates
BEST CURVEBALL
1. Adam Wainwright Cardinals
2. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
3. Julio Teheran Braves
BEST SLIDER
1. Craig Kimbrel Braves
2. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
3. Jose Fernandez Marlins
BEST CHANGEUP
1. Cole Hamels Phillies
2. Johnny Cueto Reds
3. Stephen Strasburg Nationals
BEST CONTROL
1. Adam Wainwright Cardinals
2. Clayton Kershaw Dodgers
3. Zack Greinke Dodgers
BEST PICKOFF MOVE
1. Madison Bumgarner Giants
2. Julio Teheran Braves
3. Johnny Cueto Reds
BEST RELIEVER
1. Craig Kimbrel Braves
2. Aroldis Chapman Reds
3. Kenley Jansen Dodgers
BEST DEFENSIVE CATCHER
1. Yadier Molina Cardinals
2. Jonathan Lucroy Brewers
3. Russell Martin Pirates
BEST DEFENSIVE 1B
1. Adam LaRoche Nationals
2. Paul Goldschmidt D-backs
3. Freddie Freeman Braves
BEST DEFENSIVE 2B
1. Brandon Phillips Reds
2. D.J. LeMahieu Rockies
3. Chase Utley Phillies
BEST DEFENSIVE 3B
1. Nolan Arenado Rockies
2. David Wright Mets
3. Todd Frazier Reds
BEST DEFENSIVE SHORTSTOP
1. Andrelton Simmons Braves
2. Troy Tulowitzki Rockies
3. Ian Desmond Nationals
BEST INFIELD ARM
1. Andrelton Simmons Braves
2. Troy Tulowitzki Rockies
3. Ian Desmond Nationals
BEST DEFENSIVE OUTFIELDER
1. Andrew McCutchen Pirates
2. Carlos Gomez Brewers
3. Gerardo Parra D-backs
BEST OUTFIELD ARM
1. Yasiel Puig Dodgers
2. Gerardo Parra D-backs
3. Carlos Gonzalez Rockies
BEST MANAGER
1. Bruce Bochy Giants
2. Mike Matheny Cardinals
3. Fredi Gonzalez Braves