Cano highlights Baseball America’s Best Tools feature


Baseball America published a feature looking at the best tools in the Major Leagues today (subs. req’d), polling managers and I believe other team officials in various categories. Robinson Cano was all over the American League rankings, placing second in Best Hitter (behind Miguel Cabrera), second in Most Exciting Player (behind Mike Trout), and first in Best Defensive Second Baseman. Joey Votto was named the Best Hitter in the NL, Andrew McCutchen the Most Exciting Player.

Mark Teixeira (tops in Best Defensive First Baseman), Andy Pettitte (tops in Best Pickoff Move), CC Sabathia (second in Best Slider to Chris Sale), and Derek Jeter (third in Best Hit-and-Run Artist behind Elvis Andrus and Erick Aybar) also cracked the rankings in various categories. The minor league edition of best tools will be out tomorrow.

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  • William

    Ivan Nova: Most frustrating pitcher

    •!/AngeloInNY Angelo


      Other teams would say “least frustrating pitcher.”

    • RetroRob

      I think every team has at least one “most frustrating pitcher” winner. Nova is certainly ours right now.

      • RetroRob

        …although I guess by definition each team can have only one winner in that category, but some other teams might have more candidates to select from.

  • Skip

    Glad to see Cano recognized for his defense by people in the game. This begs the question: what is the disparity between perception and defensive metrics? Is it underutilized and underappreciated? Or is it still a flawed work in progress? Cano and Tex don’t score highly, I believe, when it comes to fielding metrics, but are consistently praised for on field play. Anyone have some ideas?

    • RetroRob

      I’m not sure how the disparity could be measured. Most teams rely on talent evaluation and then use defensive metrics to supplement their evaluations. Problem is is we don’t have access to their defensive metrics.

      I’m not aware of any team that uses the freely available “advanced” field metric data that we see (they used to), but teams that are into advanced metrics have their own. The use of defensive shifts is also throwing off the freely available data. Field/fx is having a great impact on defensive positioning, but it’s not something general fans have access to, and the proprietary data and positioning that teams are developing is seen by no one but the teams.

      I don’t even pay attention to UZR anymore. Unfortunately, this is also impacting stats such as WAR.

      • Skip

        Thanks for the response – I know Boston during the later years of the Theo Epstein era tried to use run prevention as an offseason mantra. That might have been prior to the 2010 season. Didn’t work out well for them, though.

  • Troy

    Can we just walk cabrea for fucks sake? This season turning into a joke.

    • Bunt Gardner

      Guess we gotta have a minimum of one of these comments per article.

  • Troy

    Cano has been nothing but a chump since Alex got hurt.

    • Stan the Man

      Ok dude.