Best Tools




All selections are chosen by a poll of that league's managers.
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Best Hitter
1. Joe Mauer, Twins
2. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
3. Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
Best Power
1. Justin Morneau, Twins
2. Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
3. Mark Teixeira, Yankees
Best Bunter
1. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2. Chone Figgins, Angels
3. Erick Aybar, Angels
Best Strike-Zone Judgement
1. Bobby Abreu, Angels
2. Joe Mauer, Twins
3. Jim Thome, White Sox
Best Hit-And-Run Artist
1. Placido Polanco, Tigers
2. Orlando Cabrera, Athletics
3. Derek Jeter, Yankees
Best Baserunner
1. Chone Figgins, Angels
2. Carl Crawford, Rays
3. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
Fastest Baserunner
1. Carl Crawford, Rays
2. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
3. Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox
Most Exciting Player
1. Carl Crawford, Rays
2. Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
3. Joe Mauer, Twins
Best Pitcher
1. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
2. Zack Greinke, Royals
3. Felix Hernandez, Mariners
Best Fastball
1. Justin Verlander, Tigers
2 (tie). Joel Zumaya, Tigers
2 (tie). Zack Greinke, Royals
Best Curveball
1. Justin Verlander, Tigers
2. A.J. Burnett, Yankees
3. Josh Beckett, Red Sox
Best Slider
1 (tie). Zack Greinke, Royals
1 (tie). Felix Hernandez, Mariners
2. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
Best Changeup
1. Mark Buehrle, White Sox
2. James Shields, Rays
3. Jered Weaver, Angels
Best Control
1. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays
2. Mark Buehrle, White Sox
3. Zack Greinke, Royals
Best Pickoff Move
1. Andy Pettitte, Yankees
2. Mark Buehrle, White Sox
3. Dallas Braden, Athletics
Best Reliever
1. Mariano Rivera, Yankees
2. Joe Nathan, Twins
3. Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
Best Defensive Catcher
1. Joe Mauer, Twins
2. Gerald Laird, Tigers
3. Kurt Suzuki, Athletics
Best Defensive 1B
1. Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2. Carlos Pena, Rays
3. Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox
Best Defensive 2B
1. Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
2. Placido Polanco, Tigers
3. Robinson Cano, Yankees
Best Defensive 3B
1. Evan Longoria, Rays
2. Adrian Beltre, Mariners
3. Scott Rolen, Blue Jays
Best Defensive SS
1. Jason Bartlett, Rays
2. Elvis Andrus, Rangers
3. Erick Aybar, Angels

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Best Hitter
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
3. Todd Helton, Rockies
Best Power
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2. Prince Fielder, Brewers
3. Ryan Howard, Phillies
Best Bunter
1. Juan Pierre, Dodgers
2. Willy Taveras, Reds
3. Michael Bourn, Astros
Best Strike-Zone Judgement
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2. Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
3. Nick Johnson, Nationals
Best Hit-And-Run Artist
1. David Eckstein, Padres
2. Ryan Theriot, Cubs
3. Jack Wilson, Pirates
Best Baserunner
1 (tie). Nyjer Morgan, Nationals
1 (tie). Juan Pierre, Dodgers
3. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
Fastest Baserunner
1. Michael Bourn, Astros
2. Willy Taveras, Reds
3. Nyjer Morgan, Nationals
Most Exciting Player
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
3. Pablo Sandoval, Giants
Best Pitcher
1. Tim Lincecum, Giants
2. Johan Santana, Mets
3. Dan Haren, Diamondbacks
Best Fastball
1. Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers
2. Brian Wilson, Giants
3. Tim Lincecum, Giants
Best Curveball
1. Tim Lincecum, Giants
2. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
3. Yovani Gallardo, Brewers
Best Slider
1. Carlos Marmol, Cubs
2. Jake Peavy, Padres
3. Brad Lidge, Phillies
Best Changeup
1. Johan Santana, Mets
2. Trevor Hoffman, Brewers
3. Cole Hamels, Phillies
Best Control
1. Dan Haren, Diamondbacks
2. Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
3. Cole Hamels, Phillies
Best Pickoff Move
1. Doug Davis, Diamondbacks
2. Jamie Moyer, Phillies
3. Cole Hamels, Phillies
Best Reliever
1. Jonathan Broxton, Dodgers
2. Francisco Rodriguez, Mets
3. Huston Street, Rockies
Best Defensive Catcher
1. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
2. Russell Martin, Dodgers
3. Bengie Molina, Giants
Best Defensive 1B
1. Albert Pujols, Cardinals
2 (tie). Todd Helton, Rockies
2 (tie). Adrian Gonzalez, Padres
Best Defensive 2B
1. Orlando Hudson, Dodgers
2. Chase Utley, Phillies
3. Brandon Phillips, Reds
Best Defensive 3B
1. Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
2. Pedro Feliz, Phillies
3. David Wright, Mets
Best Defensive SS
1. Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
2. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3. Hanley Ramirez, Marlins
Best Infield Arm
1. Rafael Furcal, Dodgers
2. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3. Yunel Escobar, Braves
Best Defensive Outfielder
1. Shane Victorino, Phillies
2. Matt Kemp, Dodgers
3. Nyjer Morgan, Nationals
Best Outfield Arm
1. Jeff Francoeur, Mets
2 (tie). Jay Bruce, Reds
2 (tie). Brad Hawpe, Rockies
Best Manager
1. Tony La Russa, Cardinals
2. Bobby Cox, Braves
2. Joe Torre, Dodgers