Star Tribune five-tool poll: AL

  • Updated: July 12, 2014 - 10:17 PM

star tribune five-tool poll

The Star Tribune sent ballots to two baseball writers from each MLB team asking them to rank, in order, the three best all-around players in their league based on baseball’s five-tool scouting report: hitting for power, hitting for average, speed, arm and fielding. Points were tabulated using three for first-place votes, two for second and one for third. The results:

AL results PTS

1. Mike Trout, LAA 27

2. Adam Jones, BAL 10

3. Manny Machado, BAL 5

4. Robinson Cano, SEA 4

5t. Miguel Cabrera, DET 2

5t. Josh Donaldson, OAK 2

5t. Jacoby Ellsbury, NYY 2

What they said ...

“Mike Trout is the best player in baseball, and it’s not even close, even if his arm is average at best. The scary part: He keeps getting better. … Adam Jones exemplifies all the five tools. Plate discipline isn’t a tool, unfortunately, and if it were included, Jones wouldn’t be on the list. NL has a much better group of five-tool guys.”

Jeff Passan, yahoo.com

“Leaving Miguel Cabrera off any best-of list in the American League seems criminal. Cabrera is currently the best and most feared hitter in either league and, despite some criticism, I think he is a perfectly fine defensive first baseman. But if this is about all-around ability, and defense and speed/baserunning play a factor, then I went with three guys (Mike Trout, Adam Jones, Dustin Pedroia) that can do everything to win you a ballgame: Hit a homer, drop a bunt, steal a base, make a game-saving catch. Plus, none of the three takes a day or play off. Robinson Cano could be on this list, too.”

Dan Connolly, Baltimore Sun

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