Building the Ultimate Five-Tool Player with Every MLB Roster

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2020

Building the Ultimate Five-Tool Player with Every MLB Roster

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    Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

    A baseball player's tools are talked about a lot during his time as an amateur player and while he's rising through the ranks as a minor league prospect. But once he arrives in the majors, it's rarely a talking point beyond the overuse of the "five-tool player" description.

    With that in mind, we set out to identify the best tools on every MLB roster.

    Here is a quick rundown of the five tools on which we'll be focusing:

    • Hit Tool: A player's hit tool goes beyond simply looking at his batting average. Approach at the plate and on-base ability also factor into the hit-tool equation, along with a player's contact skills.
    • Power Tool: The ability to hit the ball over the fence is the focus here. Beyond home run total, advanced metrics like hard-hit rate, exit velocity and barrel percentage are also useful gauges of a player's power.
    • Speed Tool: A player can be fast and still be a terrible base-stealer, and a player can have middling speed and be an excellent base-stealer thanks to his instincts. We're looking beyond the stolen base total for the player with the best pure foot speed.
    • Arm Tool: Whether it's a catcher, infielder or outfielder, we're simply looking for the non-pitcher on the roster with the strongest throwing arm.
    • Defense Tool: Simply the best all-around defender on the team regardless of his position on the diamond.

    Players were eligible to appear under multiple tools, but only players who have already made their MLB debut were considered for inclusion. Below each team's selections is a closer look at the toughest decision among the five tools.

    Let's get to it!

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Christian Walker
    Christian WalkerRick Scuteri/Associated Press

    Hit: Ketel Marte

    Power: Christian Walker

    Speed: Tim Locastro

    Arm: Starling Marte

    Defense: Nick Ahmed


    Toughest Choice: Power

    Eduardo Escobar (35 HR) and Ketel Marte (32 HR) were the D-backs team leaders in home runs last season, so it may seem a bit odd to see Christian Walker (29 HR) chosen as the best power hitter.

    However, Walker was the team leader in average exit velocity (91.1 mph), hard-hit percentage (48.8%) and barrel percentage (8.1%) in 2019, so he gets the nod.

    The 29-year-old hit 125 home runs in seven minor league seasons before finally getting his first shot at everyday playing time in the majors last year.

Atlanta Braves

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    Ozzie Albies
    Ozzie AlbiesElise Amendola/Associated Press

    Hit: Freddie Freeman

    Power: Ronald Acuna Jr.

    Speed: Ronald Acuna Jr.

    Arm: Ronald Acuna Jr.

    Defense: Ozzie Albies


    Toughest Choice: Defense

    Ozzie Albies was a Gold Glove finalist last year, and he tallied 27 defensive runs saved (DRS) at second base in 2018 and 2019 combined, so there's little question he's a plus defender.

    However, he's far from the only candidate on the Atlanta roster.

    Center fielder Ender Inciarte is a three-time Gold Glove winner, and shortstop Dansby Swanson provides terrific defense of his own at the more demanding middle infield position. A strong case can be made for all three of those players, but Albies got the nod by the thinnest of margins.

Baltimore Orioles

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    Renato Nunez
    Renato NunezJulio Cortez/Associated Press

    Hit: Hanser Alberto

    Power: Renato Nunez

    Speed: Cedric Mullins

    Arm: Pedro Severino

    Defense: Jose Iglesias


    Toughest Choice: Power

    With Trey Mancini sidelined indefinitely, Renato Nunez would seem like the obvious choice for the top power hitter spot after he put together a 31-homer, 90 RBI season last year.

    The distinction is his for the time being, but keep an eye on Rio Ruiz.

    Ruiz has a significant advantage over Nunez in both average exit velocity (90.5 mph to 86.0 mph) and barrel percentage (18.8% to 7.4%) in the early going this season, slugging three home runs in 26 plate appearances.

Boston Red Sox

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    Xander Bogaerts
    Xander BogaertsChris Carlson/Associated Press

    Hit: Xander Bogaerts

    Power: J.D. Martinez

    Speed: Jose Peraza

    Arm: Alex Verdugo

    Defense: Jackie Bradley Jr.


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    Rafael Devers (.311, fifth), Xander Bogaerts (.309, seventh) and J.D. Martinez (.304, ninth) all finished in the top 10 in the American League in batting average last year, so there was no shortage of candidates for Boston in the hit tool category.

    A slight edge goes to Bogaerts thanks to his overall approach at the plate.

    The 27-year-old was one of just 13 players in 2019 with a walk rate over 10 percent (10.9%) and a strikeout rate below 20 percent (17.5%), and he is a .288 career hitter over parts of eight MLB seasons.

Chicago Cubs

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    Javier Baez
    Javier BaezMatt Marton/Associated Press

    Hit: Anthony Rizzo

    Power: Kyle Schwarber

    Speed: Javier Baez

    Arm: Jason Heyward

    Defense: Javier Baez


    Toughest Choice: Defense

    Right fielder Jason Heyward is a five-time Gold Glove winner and one of the best defensive outfielders of his era. He would be an easy choice for the defense tool for almost any other team.

    Javier Baez is simply on another level.

    The 27-year-old piled up a staggering 26 DRS at shortstop last season. With his quick-twitch athleticism, impressive first step and strong throwing arm, he has elite defensive skills across the board and the ability to be a standout at multiple positions.

Chicago White Sox

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    Jose Abreu
    Jose AbreuMorry Gash/Associated Press

    Hit: Jose Abreu

    Power: Eloy Jimenez

    Speed: Luis Robert

    Arm: Leury Garcia

    Defense: Adam Engel


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    Shortstop Tim Anderson hit .335 last season to win the AL batting title, and third baseman Yoan Moncada batted .315 during a breakout offensive season. However, both players still have work to do on their overall approach.

    Anderson walked just 15 times at a middling 2.9 percent clip last year, while Moncada struck out 154 times at a 27.5 percent rate.

    That brings us to Jose Abreu. The slugging first baseman has averaged 30 home runs and 102 RBI in his six full MLB seasons, but he is also a career .293 hitter with a 19.9 percent strikeout rate, making him the most well-rounded hitter on the team.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Nick Castellanos
    Nick CastellanosAaron Doster/Associated Press

    Hit: Joey Votto

    Power: Nick Castellanos

    Speed: Nick Senzel

    Arm: Tucker Barnhart

    Defense: Freddy Galvis


    Toughest Choice: Power

    Aristides Aquino launched 19 home runs in 225 plate appearances as a rookie last season, and Eugenio Suarez finished second in the National League with a career-high 49 home runs.

    However, newcomer Nick Castellanos has taken his game to another level since he was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Chicago Cubs at the deadline last year.

    His 22 home runs since Aug. 1 of last year are tied with Jorge Soler (KC) and Aaron Judge (NYY) for the MLB lead, and he's launched six long balls in his first 43 plate appearances in a Reds uniform.

Cleveland Indians

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    Jose Ramirez
    Jose RamirezGene J. Puskar/Associated Press

    Hit: Jose Ramirez

    Power: Franmil Reyes

    Speed: Greg Allen

    Arm: Tyler Naquin

    Defense: Francisco Lindor


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    Shortstop Francisco Lindor hit .284 last season and showed his usual elite contact skills with a 7.0 percent walk rate and 15.0 percent strikeout rate.

    He would be a fine choice for the hit tool category, but Jose Ramirez is one of the best pure hitters in baseball when everything is clicking at the plate.

    Over the past three seasons, he's hit .283/.365/.542 with nearly as many walks (210) as strikeouts (223), and he batted .327 with a .365 on-base percentage in 178 plate appearances after the All-Star break last year.

Colorado Rockies

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    Trevor Story
    Trevor StoryMatt York/Associated Press

    Hit: Charlie Blackmon

    Power: Trevor Story

    Speed: Garrett Hampson

    Arm: Nolan Arenado

    Defense: Nolan Arenado


    Toughest Choice: Power

    Nolan Arenado has averaged 40 home runs over the last five seasons, and his 199 total home runs trail only Nelson Cruz (204) during that span.

    So why wasn't he the choice in the power category?

    Take a look at how his advanced metrics in 2019 compared to teammate Trevor Story:

    • Arenado: 89.4 mph exit velocity, 37.6 percent hard-hit rate
    • Story: 91.0 mph exit velocity, 46.0 percent hard-hit rate

    With 72 home runs the past two seasons, Story has comparable power production numbers, and the advanced metrics suggest he hits the ball harder and hits it hard more often than Arenado.

Detroit Tigers

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    Niko Goodrum
    Niko GoodrumAaron Doster/Associated Press

    Hit: Miguel Cabrera

    Power: C.J. Cron

    Speed: Victor Reyes

    Arm: Jake Rogers

    Defense: Niko Goodrum


    Toughest Choice: Defense

    While Niko Goodrum is not a true standout defender at any one position, he is one of the most versatile players in the game today.

    The 28-year-old played everywhere on the diamond beside pitcher and catcher last season and posted a positive DEF metric, according to FanGraphs.

    Center fielder JaCoby Jones also received serious consideration thanks to an impressive 23 DRS in the outfield during the 2018 season, but his defensive metrics took a steep downturn in 2019.

Houston Astros

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    Michael Brantley
    Michael BrantleyEric Christian Smith/Associated Press

    Hit: Michael Brantley

    Power: Yordan Alvarez

    Speed: Myles Straw

    Arm: Carlos Correa

    Defense: Carlos Correa


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    Jose Altuve seems like an easy answer in the hit category for the Houston Astros, and Alex Bregman also deserves serious consideration after hitting .296 with more walks (119) than strikeouts (83) last year.

    So why Michael Brantley?

    The 33-year-old has one of the sweetest swings in baseball, and he used it to hit .311 while putting the ball in play on 81.6 percent of his plate appearances. His 23.9 percent line-drive rate was the highest on the Astros, and his 4.0 percent swinging-strike rate was the second-lowest in all of baseball.

Kansas City Royals

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    Alex Gordon
    Alex GordonCharlie Riedel/Associated Press

    Hit: Whit Merrifield

    Power: Jorge Soler

    Speed: Adalberto Mondesi

    Arm: Brett Phillips

    Defense: Alex Gordon


    Toughest Choice: Defense

    Is Alex Gordon still an elite defensive player?

    The 36-year-old certainly has the reputation as a seven-time Gold Glove winner in left field, and he has taken home that hardware in each of the last three seasons.

    His two DRS and 3.1 UZR/150 last season represented a downturn from his peak metrics, but he's still one of the best in the business at his position. Up-and-comer Adalberto Mondesi has the tools to be an elite defensive player, but for now, the throne still belongs to Gordon in Kansas City.

Los Angeles Angels

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    Andrelton Simmons
    Andrelton SimmonsMatt York/Associated Press

    Hit: Mike Trout

    Power: Mike Trout

    Speed: Mike Trout

    Arm: Andrelton Simmons

    Defense: Andrelton Simmons


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    Mike Trout is the best baseball player on the planet and a dynamic force offensively thanks to his disciplined approach and electric bat speed.

    Still, David Fletcher has to at least be mentioned in the hit tool category.

    The 26-year-old hit .290 last season and was one of just two playersHanser Alberto of the Baltimore Orioles was the otherwith a strikeout rate (9.8 percent) and walk rate (8.4 percent) both below 10 percent. Add in his 3.2 percent swinging-strike rate, which was the lowest among all qualified hitters, and it's clear he possesses an elite hit tool.

    Still, he's no Trout, who, for the record, had the eighth-lowest swinging-strike rate (6.5 percent) to go along with all his other impressive offensive numbers.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Mookie Betts
    Mookie BettsJae C. Hong/Associated Press

    Hit: Mookie Betts

    Power: Cody Bellinger

    Speed: Cody Bellinger

    Arm: Mookie Betts

    Defense: Mookie Betts


    Toughest Choice: Defense

    At first glance, Cody Bellinger under the speed category might stand out as strange. He's not necessarily a base-stealing threat, but he ranked 65th in the majors in sprint speed last year and was tops among Los Angeles Dodgers regulars, so he fits the bill.

    Instead, it was the defense category that was the toughest call.

    Cody Bellinger made a seamless transition from first base to the outfield last year, winning a Gold Glove in right field while also playing a solid center field when called upon. Mookie Betts still gets the nod with his four Gold Gloves and 117 career DRS, but it's closer than you might think.

Miami Marlins

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    Jon Berti
    Jon BertiKathy Willens/Associated Press

    Hit: Miguel Rojas

    Power: Jesus Aguilar

    Speed: Jon Berti

    Arm: Brian Anderson

    Defense: Brian Anderson


    Toughest Choice: Speed

    Jonathan Villar ranks second in the majors with 160 stolen bases over the past four years, including 40 steals in 49 attempts with the Baltimore Orioles last season.

    But in terms of pure speed, Jon Berti is the fastest player on the roster:

    Berti swiped 17 bases in 73 games as a rookie last season.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Christian Yelich
    Christian YelichSue Ogrocki/Associated Press

    Hit: Christian Yelich

    Power: Christian Yelich

    Speed: Ben Gamel

    Arm: Orlando Arcia

    Defense: Lorenzo Cain


    Toughest Choice: Power

    Christian Yelich hit a career-high 36 home runs in his first season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2018, and he raised the bar again last season with a 44-homer campaign.

    So why was this the toughest choice?

    Rising star Keston Hiura had a staggering 50.0 percent hard-hit rate as a rookie last season, tied for ninth among players with at least 200 batted-ball events, and he slugged 19 home runs in 84 games.

    The 24-year-old has not done enough to overtake Yelich to this point, but he's one to watch in the power game.

Minnesota Twins

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    Nelson Cruz
    Nelson CruzJohn Bazemore/Associated Press

    Hit: Luis Arraez

    Power: Nelson Cruz

    Speed: Byron Buxton

    Arm: Eddie Rosario

    Defense: Byron Buxton


    Toughest Choice: Power

    The Twins hit an MLB-record 307 home runs as a team last season, so there is no shortage of power hitting on their roster.

    Miguel Sano has huge raw power, Mitch Garver went deep 31 times in 359 plate appearances, Max Kepler is a player on the rise coming off a 36-homer season, and newcomer Josh Donaldson launched 37 long balls in a bounce-back 2019 season with the Atlanta Braves.

    In the end, there's no ignoring the consistency of Nelson Cruz. The 40-year-old has averaged 41 home runs over the past six seasons, and the advanced metrics back up his standing as one of the game's most prolific power hitters.

New York Mets

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    Andres Gimenez
    Andres GimenezManuel Balce Ceneta/Associated Press

    Hit: Jeff McNeil

    Power: Pete Alonso

    Speed: Billy Hamilton

    Arm: Andres Gimenez

    Defense: Jake Marisnick


    Toughest Choice: Arm

    Most of the tough choices were a case of two players being good candidates to fill the spot. In the case of best arm on the New York Mets roster, it was difficult to find one viable option.

    Three years ago, Yoenis Cespedes would have been an easy choice, but his days as an outfielder might be behind him after he exclusively DH'd before opting out of the 2020 season.

    By default, we'll go with rookie Andres Gimenez, who was promoted to the majors on the strength of his defense. He has the arm strength to make all the throws at shortstop and third base.

New York Yankees

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    Giancarlo Stanton
    Giancarlo StantonChris O'Meara/Associated Press

    Hit: DJ LeMahieu

    Power: Giancarlo Stanton

    Speed: Tyler Wade

    Arm: Aaron Hicks

    Defense: Aaron Judge


    Toughest Choice: Power

    Giancarlo Stanton or Aaron Judge?

    There's really no wrong answer here, and both players are squarely in the conversation of biggest power threat in baseball.

    Both players are finally healthy and productive right now, so the 2020 metrics were used as the tiebreaker:

    • Stanton: 97th percentile exit velocity, 98th percentile hard-hit, 97th percentile barrel rate
    • Judge: 99th percentile exit velocity, 92nd percentile hard-hit, 94th percentile barrel rate

    Advantage, Stanton.

Oakland Athletics

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    Ramon Laureano
    Ramon LaureanoCarlos Osorio/Associated Press

    Hit: Marcus Semien

    Power: Matt Olson

    Speed: Ramon Laureano

    Arm: Ramon Laureano

    Defense: Matt Chapman


    Toughest Choice: Arm

    In May, we put together a fun build-your-own five-tool player article using $15, and Matt Chapman ($5) and Ramon Laureano ($4) were the two top throwing arm choices.

    Unfortunately, we can only pick one here as well since they're teammates.

    Matt Chapman makes some truly astounding throws from the hot corner, but the strongest outfield arm in baseball trumps the strongest infield arm in baseball in terms of pure arm strength.

    Really, you can't go wrong with either guy.

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Jean Segura
    Jean SeguraCarlos Osorio/Associated Press

    Hit: Jean Segura

    Power: Bryce Harper

    Speed: Roman Quinn

    Arm: Bryce Harper

    Defense: J.T. Realmuto


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    Andrew McCutchen still had one of the best combinations of hit tool and plate discipline in the game as recently as the 2018 season.

    However, the 33-year-old has something to prove after missing the bulk of last season with a torn ACL and then starting the 2020 season with a 1-for-14 showing at the plate.

    Meanwhile, Jean Segura ranks among the MLB leaders in hits (699, seventh) and batting average (.301, 12th) among players with at least 1,500 plate appearances over the past four seasons. His 11.8 percent strikeout rate in 2019 is a further proof of his plus hit tool.

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Bryan Reynolds
    Bryan ReynoldsGene J. Puskar/Associated Press

    Hit: Bryan Reynolds

    Power: Josh Bell

    Speed: Jarrod Dyson

    Arm: Jose Osuna

    Defense: Adam Frazier


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    Bryan Reynolds hit .314 with a .377 on-base percentage in 546 plate appearances as a rookie, and his hit tool was viewed as a strength throughout his time in the minors.

    An inflated .387 BABIP last season gives some reason for pause, but he's a talented hitter with terrific bat-to-ball skills and a patient enough approach to make the necessary adjustments as his luck levels off.

    Second baseman Adam Frazier hit .278 with a 6.6 percent walk rate and 12.3 percent strikeout rate last year. His ability to consistently put the ball in play and also hit with some extra-base power garnered serious consideration as well.

San Diego Padres

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    Fernando Tatis Jr.
    Fernando Tatis Jr.Gregory Bull/Associated Press

    Hit: Tommy Pham

    Power: Manny Machado

    Speed: Fernando Tatis Jr.

    Arm: Fernando Tatis Jr.

    Defense: Austin Hedges


    Toughest Choice: Arm

    Fernando Tatis Jr. is one of the most dynamic players in baseball on both sides of the ball, and a rocket arm that unleashes throws north of 90 mph from the shortstop position is part of his impressive package of tools.

    He was the choice for the arm category, but only by the slimmest of margins over catcher Francisco Mejia.

    The 24-year-old was given a 70-grade in arm strength in his final appearance on the prospect list in 2017, and his 89 mph max-effort throw average led all catchers in 2019. Despite that, he threw out only 17 percent of base-stealers, which ultimately led to Tatis being the choice.

San Francisco Giants

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    Mike Yastrzemski
    Mike YastrzemskiRick Scuteri/Associated Press

    Hit: Donovan Solano

    Power: Alex Dickerson

    Speed: Steven Duggar

    Arm: Austin Slater

    Defense: Mike Yastrzemski


    Toughest Choice: Defense

    Mike Yastrzemski was one of the biggest surprises of the 2019 season, hitting .272/.334/.518 with 22 doubles and 21 home runs in 411 plate appearances as a 28-year-old rookie.

    His defense did not receive as much fanfare as his out-of-nowhere offensive production, but he also quietly tallied seven DRS with a 9.6 UZR/150 in right field, with another one DRS in 30 innings in center field.

    The Giants saw enough to make him the regular center fielder this season following the non-tender of Kevin Pillar, and so far he has a 1.4 UZR/150 in 89 innings. With a strong arm, good range and excellent instincts, he's a surprise choice for the title of top defender on a roster filled with aging former Gold Glove winners.

Seattle Mariners

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    Kyle Lewis
    Kyle LewisElaine Thompson/Associated Press

    Hit: J.P. Crawford

    Power: Kyle Lewis

    Speed: Mallex Smith

    Arm: J.P. Crawford

    Defense: Evan White


    Toughest Choice: Power

    Daniel Vogelbach has a ton of raw power, and he slugged 30 home runs to earn a spot on the AL All-Star team last year. However, he hit just .162 with nine home runs in 217 plate appearances during the second half, and he has now been relegated to a part-time role.

    There are some bright red flags beneath the surface of Kyle Lewis' impressive start to the 2020 season, including a 36.5 percent strikeout rate and an absurd .577 BABIP.

    His power is for real, though, and it has been since his days at Mercer University when he homered 20 times in 61 games as a junior before going No. 11 overall in the 2016 draft. He's going to strike out a ton and his average is going to crash back to earth, but he's a legitimate 30-homer threat with the raw power to hit some tape measure blasts.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Yadier Molina
    Yadier MolinaDavid Zalubowski/Associated Press

    Hit: Yadier Molina

    Power: Paul Goldschmidt

    Speed: Tommy Edman

    Arm: Tyler O'Neill

    Defense: Kolten Wong


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    Yadier Molina is one of the best situational hitters in baseball, he can take a pitch the other way to right field, and he hardly ever strikes out.

    In fact, over the course of his 17-year career, he has never struck out more than 74 times in a season, and he has a 10.2 percent strikeout rate in 7,673 career plate appearances.

    His plodding speed hurts his BABIP, and he hasn't hit over .300 since 2016, but in terms of pure hitting ability, few players in the game have the bat control and contact skills of the St. Louis Cardinals veteran backstop.

    If he can return to form in 2020, Paul Goldschmidt could easily reclaim his place as one of baseball's most well-rounded hitters. For now, the hit tool category goes to Molina.

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Yandy Diaz
    Yandy DiazKathy Willens/Associated Press

    Hit: Yandy Diaz

    Power: Hunter Renfroe

    Speed: Manuel Margot

    Arm: Hunter Renfroe

    Defense: Kevin Kiermaier


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    On the surface, Yandy Diaz may seem like an odd choice for the best hit tool.

    The 28-year-old hit .267 in 347 plate appearances last season, and that was his first MLB campaign with more than 200 trips to the plate.

    However, with a 10.1 percent walk rate and 17.6 percent strikeout rate, he demonstrated an advanced approach at the plate. And there's room for positive regression after he posted a .288 BABIP, despite ranking in the top 10 percent in the league with a 91.7 mph average exit velocity.

    With Tommy Pham now in San Diego and ballyhooed prospect Wander Franco not yet MLB-ready, Diaz gets the nod for the best hit tool on the Tampa Bay roster.

Texas Rangers

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    Joey Gallo
    Joey GalloTony Gutierrez/Associated Press

    Hit: Shin-Soo Choo

    Power: Joey Gallo

    Speed: Nick Solak

    Arm: Joey Gallo

    Defense: Joey Gallo


    Toughest Choice: Defense

    Joey Gallo has made a name for himself with his mammoth raw power, and he's always had a strong throwing arm dating back to hitting 98 mph off the mound as a two-way high school prospect.

    However, his development into a Gold Glove-caliber defender in the outfield has gone under the radar.

    In 555.1 innings in the grass last season, he tallied five DRS and 9.7 UZR/150 while splitting his time between left field and center field. He had eight outfield assists in just 72 games. Now he's settled in as the everyday right fielder, where his cannon arm and good range make him the best defensive player on the roster.

    Sorry, Jeff Mathis.

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Bo Bichette
    Bo BichetteCarlos Osorio/Associated Press

    Hit: Bo Bichette

    Power: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

    Speed: Derek Fisher

    Arm: Teoscar Hernandez

    Defense: Danny Jansen


    Toughest Choice: Hit

    Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has a chance to develop the best hit tool in baseball. That said, it's Bo Bichette who has shown more of a knack for putting the bat on the ball to this point in their respective careers.

    Bichette, 22, hit .311 with 29 extra-base hits in 212 plate appearances last season, posting a respectable 23.6 percent strikeout rate.

    He hit .321/.380/.515 in 1,445 plate appearances in the minors, and there could be a few batting titles in his future before all is said and done.

Washington Nationals

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    Trea Turner
    Trea TurnerAssociated Press

    Hit: Juan Soto

    Power: Juan Soto

    Speed: Trea Turner

    Arm: Victor Robles

    Defense: Victor Robles


    Toughest Choice: Speed

    Similar to the Aaron Judge vs. Giancarlo Stanton debate in the power category for the Yankees, there's really no wrong answer for the fastest player on the Washington Nationals roster between Trea Turner and Victor Robles.

    Here's a look at the metrics:

    The numbers don't lie.


    All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Baseball Savant. Stats accurate through Tuesday's games.