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Miguel Cabrera (Photo by Andrew Woolley)

Baseball America asked big league managers to break down the best major leaguers in a variety of categories. Here’s how they voted.

BEST HITTER National League American League
1. Buster Posey, Giants 1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2. Joey Votto, Reds 2. Mike Trout, Angels
3. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 3. Joe Mauer, Twins
BEST POWER National League American League
1. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 1. Chris Davis, Orioles
2. Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins 2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
3. Pedro Alvarez, Pirates 3. Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
BEST BUNTER National League American League
1. Everth Cabrera, Padres 1. Brett Gardner, Yankees
2. Juan Pierre, Marlins 2 (tie). Elvis Andrus, Rangers
3. Tony Campana, Diamondbacks 2 (tie). Erick Aybar, Angels
BEST STRIKE-ZONE JUDGMENT National League American League
1. Joey Votto, Reds 1. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
2. Marco Scutaro, Giants 2. Joe Mauer, Twins
3. Shin-Soo Choo, Reds 3. David Ortiz, Red Sox
BEST HIT-AND-RUN ARTIST National League American League
1. Marco Scutaro, Giants 1. Erick Aybar, Angels
2. Martin Prado, Diamondbacks 2. Jamey Carroll, Twins
3. Placido Polanco, Marlins 3. Nick Markakis, Orioles
BEST BASERUNNER National League American League
1. Everth Cabrera, Padres 1. Mike Trout, Angels
2. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 2. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
3. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 3. Rajai Davis, Blue Jays
FASTEST BASERUNNER National League American League
1. Everth Cabrera, Padres 1. Mike Trout, Angels
2. Carlos Gomez, Brewers 2. Rajai Davis, Blue Jays
3. Tony Campana, Diamondbacks 3. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
MOST EXCITING PLAYER National League American League
1. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 1. Mike Trout, Angels
2. Bryce Harper, Nationals 2. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
3. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 3. Chris Davis, Orioles
BEST PITCHER National League American League
1. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 1. Max Scherzer, Tigers
2. Matt Harvey, Mets 2. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
3. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals 3. Matt Moore, Rays
BEST FASTBALL National League American League
1. Aroldis Chapman, Reds 1. Max Scherzer, Tigers
2. Matt Harvey, Mets 2. Justin Verlander, Tigers
3. Craig Kimbrel, Braves 3. Kelvin Herrera, Royals
BEST CURVEBALL National League American League
1. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals 1. Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
2. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 2. Justin Verlander, Tigers
3. Jose Fernandez, Marlins 3. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
BEST SLIDER National League American League
1. Craig Kimbrel, Braves 1. Chris Sale, White Sox
2. Sergio Romo, Giants 2. Max Scherzer, Tigers
3. Matt Harvey, Mets 3. Yu Darvish, Rangers
BEST CHANGEUP National League American League
1. Cole Hamels, Phillies 1. James Shields, Royals
2. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers 2. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
3. Tyler Clippard, Nationals 3. Fernando Rodney, Rays
BEST CONTROL National League American League
1. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals 1. Bartolo Colon, Athletics
2. Cliff Lee, Phillies 2. Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners
3. Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals 3. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
BEST PICKOFF MOVE National League American League
1. Julio Teheran, Braves 1. Andy Pettitte, Yankees
2 (tie). Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers 2. James Shields, Royals
2 (tie). Clayton Richard, Padres 3. Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
BEST RELIEVER National League American League
1. Craig Kimbrel, Braves 1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
2. Jason Grilli, Pirates 2. Jesse Crain, White Sox
3. Aroldis Chapman, Reds 3. Greg Holland, Royals
BEST DEFENSIVE CATCHER National League American League
1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals 1. Salvador Perez, Royals
2. Russell Martin, Pirates 2. Matt Wieters, Orioles
3. Buster Posey, Giants 3. Joe Mauer, Twins
BEST DEFENSiVE 1B National League American League
1. Adam LaRoche, Nationals 1. Eric Hosmer, Royals
2. Joey Votto, Reds 2. James Loney, Rays
3. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks 3. Justin Smoak, Mariners
BEST DEFENSiVE 2B National League American League
1. Brandon Phillips, Reds 1. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2. Darwin Barney, Cubs 2. Robinson Cano, Yankees
3. Mark Ellis, Dodgers 3. Gordon Beckham, White Sox
BEST DEFENSIVE 3B National League American League
1. David Wright, Mets 1. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
2. Chase Headley, Padres 2. Manny Machado, Orioles
3. Nolan Arenado, Rockies 3. Evan Longoria, Rays
BEST DEFENSIVE SS National League American League
1. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 1. J.J. Hardy, Orioles
2. Ian Desmond, Nationals 2. Yunel Escobar, Rays
3. Andrelton Simmons, Braves 3. Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians
BEST INFIELD ARM National League American League
1. Ian Desmond, Nationals 1. Adrian Beltre, Rangers
2. Andrelton Simmons, Braves 2. Manny Machado, Orioles
3. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies 3. Jose Reyes, Blue Jays
BEST DEFENSIVE OUTFIELDER National League American League
1. Carlos Gomez, Brewers 1. Mike Trout, Angels
2. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 2. Adam Jones, Orioles
3. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 3. Austin Jackson, Tigers
BEST OUTFIELD ARM National League American League
1. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies 1. Adam Jones, Orioles
2. Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks 2. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
3. Yasiel Puig, Dodgers 3. Josh Reddick, Athletics
BEST MANAGER National League American League
1. Bruce Bochy, Giants 1. Jim Leyland, Tigers
2. Clint Hurdle, Pirates 2 (tie). Bob Melvin, Athletics
3. Davey Johnson, Nationals 2 (tie). Buck Showalter, Orioles