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2007 MLB Best Tools



The following results were compiled from a survey of American League managers.

BEST HITTER
1.Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2.Derek Jeter, Yankees
3.Magglio Ordonez, Tigers

BEST POWER
1.Alex Rodriguez, Yankees
2.Justin Morneau, Twins
3.Vladimir Guerrero, Angels

BEST BUNTER
1.Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2.Kenny Lofton, Rangers
3.Luis Castillo, Twins

BEST STRIKE-ZONE JUDGMENT
1.Travis Hafner, Indians
2.Bob Abreu, Yankees
3.Placido Polanco, Tigers

BEST HIT-AND-RUN ARTIST
1.Placido Polanco, Tigers
2.Derek Jeter, Yankees
3.Orlando Cabrera, Angels

BEST BASERUNNER
1.Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2.Brian Roberts, Orioles
3.Derek Jeter, Yankees

FASTEST BASERUNNER
1.Carl Crawford, Devil Rays
2.Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
3.Joey Gathright, Royals

MOST EXCITING PLAYER
1.Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2.Grady Sizemore, Indians
3.Carl Crawford, Devil Rays

BEST PITCHER
1.Johan Santana, Twins
2.Dan Haren, Athletics
3.Josh Beckett, Red Sox

BEST FASTBALL
1.Justin Verlander, Tigers
2.Joel Zumaya, Tigers
3.Felix Hernandez, Mariners

BEST CURVEBALL
1.Josh Beckett, Red Sox
2.Justin Verlander, Tigers
3.Francisco Rodriguez, Angels

BEST SLIDER
1.Jeremy Bonderman, Tigers
2.Scott Kazmir, Devil Rays
3.C.C. Sabathia, Indians

BEST CHANGEUP
1.Johan Santana, Twins
2.James Shields, Devil Rays
3.Daisuke Matsuzaka, Red Sox

BEST CONTROL
1.Paul Byrd, Indians
2.Johan Santana, Twins
3.Roy Halladay, Blue Jays

BEST PICKOFF MOVE
1.Andy Pettitte, Yankees
2.Kenny Rogers, Tigers
3.Mark Buehrle, White Sox

BEST RELIEVER
1.Jonathan Papelbon, Red Sox
2.J.J. Putz, Mariners
3.Mariano Rivera, Yankees

BEST DEFENSIVE CATCHER
1.Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers
2.Joe Mauer, Twins
3.Jason Varitek, Red Sox

BEST DEFENSIVE FIRST BASEMAN
1.Mark Teixeira, Rangers
2.Carlos Pena, Devil Rays
3.Casey Kotchman, Angels

BEST DEFENSIVE SECOND BASEMAN
1.Luis Castillo, Twins
2.Placido Polanco, Tigers
3.Brian Roberts, Orioles

BEST DEFENSIVE THIRD BASEMAN
1.Eric Chavez, Athletics
2.Adrian Beltre, Mariners
3.Mike Lowell, Red Sox

BEST DEFENSIVE SHORTSTOP
1.Derek Jeter, Yankees
2.Orlando Cabrera, Angels
3.Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners

BEST INFIELD ARM
1.Adrian Beltre, Mariners
2.Brandon Inge, Tigers
3.Yuniesky Betancourt, Mariners

BEST DEFENSIVE OUTFIELDER
1.Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2.Torii Hunter, Twins
3.Vernon Wells, Blue Jays

BEST OUTFIELD ARM
1.Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
2.Vladimir Guerrero, Angels
3.Delmon Young, Devil Rays

BEST MANAGER
1.Jim Leyland, Tigers
2.Mike Scioscia, Angels
3.Ron Gardenhire, Twins
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MiLB Top 10 Prospects Flashback: 1996 Eastern League

The EL class of 1996 is historic even for a historic league, with a record four players who would go on to accumulate at least 50 WAR.

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