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
"It's not even close: The distance between Trout, a true five-tool player, and everyone else is immense. [Jacoby] Ellsbury really is just four tools — his arm is on the weak side — but those tools are so strong he sneaks in."
Larry Stone, Seattle Times
"Trout is the most complete player in the AL. … Cabrera's bat overrides lack of speed … Ditto Cano, who is also Gold Glover."
George King, New York Post
"Mike Trout, Angels: The only possible knock against [Trout] is that his arm could be stronger. … Adam Jones doesn't draw many walks, but he still hits for average and power, and he's a premium defender. … The stolen bases aren't there [for Robinson Cano], but he runs well in addition to doing everything else at a high level."
Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram