Best Tools




Editor's Note: The original version of the National League Best Tools that ran on the Website was an earlier version of the list that had not been updated with late-arriving ballots. The list below is the correct final list.

See also: American League Best Tools
See also: Major League Best Tools Slideshow


National League
Best HitterBest Pickoff Move
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals1. Chris Capuano, Brewers
2. Nomar Garicaparra, Dodgers2. Andy Pettitte, Astros
3. David Wright, Mets3. Noah Lowry, Giants
Best PowerBest Reliever
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals1. Trevor Hoffman, Padres
2. Adam Dunn, Reds2. Tom Gordon, Phillies
3. Ryan Howard, Phillies3. Jason Isringhausen, Cardinals
Best BunterBest Defensive Catcher
1. Juan Pierre, Cubs1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
2. Jose Reyes, Mets2. Mike Matheny, Giants
3. David Eckstein, Cardinals3. Brad Ausmus, Astros
Best Strike-Zone JudgementBest Defensive First Baseman
1. Bobby Abreu, Phillies1. Derrek Lee, Cubs
2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Barry Bonds, Giants3. Todd Helton, Rockies
Best Hit-And-Run ArtistBest Defensive Second Baseman
1. David Eckstein, Cardinals1. Orlando Hudson, Diamondbacks
2. Edgar Renteria, Braves2. Jose Castillo, Pirates
3. Omar Vizquel, Giants3. Dan Uggla, Marlins
Best BaserunnerBest Defensive Third Baseman
1. Jose Reyes, Mets1. Scott Rolen, Cardinals
2. Juan Pierre, Cubs2. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
3. Bobby Abreu, Phillies3. David Wright, Mets
Fastest BaserunnerBest Defensive Shortstop
1. Jose Reyes, Mets1. Omar Vizquel, Giants
2. Juan Pierre, Cubs2. Jose Reyes, Mets
3. Willy Taveras, Astros3. Adam Everett, Astros
Best PitcherBest Infield Arm
1. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals1. Jose Reyes, Mets
2. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks2. Rafael Furcal, Dodgers
3. Jason Schmidt, Giants3. Scott Rolen, Cardinals
Best FastballBest Defensive Outfielder
1. Billy Wagner, Mets1. Andruw Jones, Braves
2. Derrick Turnbow, Brewers2. Jim Edmonds, Cardinals
3. Brad Penny, Dodgers3. Carlos Beltran, Mets
Best CurveballBest Outfield Arm
1. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals1. Jeff Francoeur, Braves
2. Tom Gordon, Philliles2. Carlos Beltran, Mets
3. Roy Oswalt, Astros3. Andruw Jones, Braves
Best SliderMost Exciting Player
1. John Smoltz, Braves1. Jose Reyes, Mets
2. Brad Lidge, Astros2. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
3. Pedro Martinez, Mets3. Carlos Beltran, Mets
Best ChangeupBest Manager
1. Trevor Hoffman, Padres1. Bobby Cox, Braves
2. Pedro Martinez, Mets2. Tony La Russa, Cardinals
3. Chris Capuano, Brewers3. Bruce Bochy, Padres
Best Control
1. Greg Maddux, Dodgers
2. Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks
3. Pedro Martinez, Mets
 
Source: A survey of National League managers