Let me say this outright: I believe the term "five-tool player" is an incredibly watered-down adjective that is thrown around too often and assigned to players simply because they possess superb athleticism or prominent tools.
However, if there’s one player who I believe deservedly falls into the category of a "five-tool player," it’s Matt Kemp.
Kemp’s offensive prowess ranks among some of the best in the game, which is apparent at first glance of his 2011 stats:
.324/.399/.586, 76 XBH (39 HR), 126 RBI, 40 SB, -0.2 dWAR (Baseball Reference’s defensive WAR).
While his hit and power tool are the most obvious of his tools, Kemp’s also an adept base stealer who utilizes his speed whenever he seemingly has the opportunity.
Furthermore, Kemp is also a solid center fielder who patrols one of the most difficult outfields in all of baseball, although his defensive metrics doesn’t necessarily support the claim. (For what it’s worth, he still won a Gold Glove in 2011—even though that is a flawed award in itself).
Kemp’s most questionable tool is his arm, which is really only an average tool on the 20-80 professional scouting scale. However, due to the fact that he’s been able to remain in center field, as well as for the sake of this article, I’ll view it more favorably than it actually is.
But are there any minor league prospects who have a similar all-around skill set as the Dodgers’ All-Star center fielder? It’s hard to say at the moment. However, there are definitely a host of prospects that possess a Kemp-like composition. Yet only time will tell if they are able to match his astounding production.