Best Tools




Editor's Note: The original version of the American 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: National League Best Tools
See also: Major League Best Tools Slideshow


American League
Best HitterBest Pickoff Move
1. Joe Mauer, Twins1. Kenny Rogers, Tigers
2. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners2. Mark Buehrle, White Sox
3. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox3. Scott Kazmir, Devil Rays
Best PowerBest Reliever
1. David Ortiz, Red Sox1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
2. Jim Thome, White Sox2. B.J. Ryan, Blue Jays
3. Manny Ramirez, Red Sox3. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
Best BunterBest Defensive Catcher
1. Joey Gathright, Devil Rays1. Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers
2. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners2. Jose Molina, Angels
3. Chone Figgins, Angels3. Ramon Hernandez, Orioles
Best Strike-Zone JudgementBest Defensive First Baseman
1. Travis Hafner, Indians1. Mark Teixeira, Rangers
2. Placido Polanco, Tigers2. Doug Mientkiewicz, Royals
3. Jason Giambi, Yankees3. Travis Lee, Devil Rays
Best Hit-And-Run ArtistBest Defensive Second Baseman
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees1. Luis Castillo, Twins
2. Michael Young, Rangers2. Tadahito Iguchi, White Sox
3. Placido Polanco, Tigers3. Adam Kennedy, Angels
Best BaserunnerBest Defensive Third Baseman
1. Derek Jeter, Yankees1. Joe Crede, White Sox
2. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners2. Eric Chavez, Athletics
3. Orlando Cabrera, Angels3. Brandon Inge, Tigers
Fastest BaserunnerBest Defensive Shortstop
1. Carl Crawford, Devil Rays1. Alex Gonzalez, Red Sox
2. Joey Gathright, Royals2. Derek Jeter, Yankees
3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners3. Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners
Best PitcherBest Infield Arm
1. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays1. Michael Young, Rangers
2. Francisco Liriano, Twins2. Adrian Beltre, Mariners
3. Johan Santana, Twins3. Eric Chavez, Athletics
Best FastballBest Defensive Outfielder
1. Joel Zumaya, Tigers1. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2. Justin Verlander, Tigers2. Torii Hunter, Twins
3. Bobby Jenks, White Sox3. Alex Rios, Blue Jays
Best CurveballBest Outfield Arm
1. Barry Zito, Athletics1. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2. Josh Beckett, Red Sox2. Vladimir Guerrero, Angels
3. Mike Mussina, Yankees3. Alex Rios, Blue Jays
Best SliderMost Exciting Player
1. Francisco Liriano, Twins1. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2. Jeremy Bonderman, Tigers2. Grady Sizemore, Indians
3. Curt Schilling, Red Sox3. Derek Jeter, Yankees
Best ChangeupBest Manager
1. Johan Santana, Twins1. Jim Leyland, Tigers
2. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays2. Joe Torre, Yankees
3. Kelvim Escobar, Angels3. Ron Gardenhire, Twins
Best Control
1. Mike Mussina, Yankees
2. Brad Radke, Twins
3. Curt Schilling, Red Sox
 
Source: A survey of American League managers