Tag Archives: 5-tool player

Beyond Baseball – Grady Sizemore

Just a quick entertaining clip of one the most exciting players in the game…

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #7

 “31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #7

Dave Winfield – 1974 Topps – #456

Dave Winfield is another prime example of a ‘5-tool player’.  With his amazing offensive and defensive skills, Winfield shined as a major leaguer for 22 seasons.  Winfield was a monster of a man.  Standing at 6 foot, 6 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds during his playing days, Winfield was physically imposing as he got in his batting stance.  And he wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers for more than 2 decades.  With a career batting average of .283, Winfield collected 3,110 hits during his career.  Add to that his impressive 465 home runs and 1,833 RBI, and you have an incredible power hitter.  But, the amazing thing about Winfield was his athletic ability.  Not too many guys his size were fast.  But Winfield was, and he proved it over and over again as he amassed 223 stolen bases during his career.  And in the field, he was brilliant!!  With his speed and an arm that launched baseballs like a cannon, Winfield was often recognized as one of the best arms in all of baseball.  Dave Winfield finished in the Top 12 for the MVP award 9 times.  He was a 12-time All-star, a 6-time Silver Slugger winner, and a 7-time Gold Glove winner. 

Dave Winfield played in 2 World Series contests – 1 in 1981 as a member of the New York Yankees, and 1 in 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays.  Winfield ended up winning 1 championship ring in ’92 with the Blue Jays. 

Dave Winfield was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.


Building the ‘5-Tool Player’ Using Stars from the 1980’s

Here’s another one of my many thoughts about the ‘5-Tool Player’

This time, I thought it would be interesting to see who people would select if they were building the perfect example of a ‘5-Tool Player’ using stars from the 1980’s.

The 80’s certainly had it’s share of excellent players and many fit the mold of what you would want from a player of this caliber.  But to create the best example of a ‘5-Tool Player’ you must pick 5 players; each with that 1 skill that made them stand heads and shoulders above the rest.

Same rules as before – if you pick a player for 1 category you cannot use him again for another one.

Here is my ‘robot’ using players strictly from the 1980’s…

Hitter for Power – Mike Schmidt

Hitter for Average – Wade Boggs

Base Running Ability – Rickey Henderson

Defensive Presence – Ozzie Smith

Arm Power and Accuracy – Andre Dawson

So, let me know which 5 players from the 1980’s you would use to develop the ultimate ‘5-tool’ player.

Building the ‘5-Tool Player’ Using Stars from the 1990’s

Now I want to focus my attention to the players from the 1990’s when building the ultimate ‘5-tool Player‘.

With such a surplus of talented players to choose from, picking the best hitter for average, hitter for power, base runner, defender, and player with the greatest throwing power and accuracy should be interesting.  To say that 1 player is better than the next would be tough, but I’ll attempt to put together a 5 player group each with that 1 attribute that stood above the rest as I build my robot using stars from the 1990’s.

Again, the rules are the same.  You can use 1 player just once.  If your player excelled in 2 of these categories, choose the best fit and find another for one for the other.

Here are my picks:

Hitter for Average – Tony Gwynn

Hitter for Power -Ken Griffey Jr.

Base Runner – Kenny Lofton

Defensive Ability -Roberto Alomar

Throwing Power and Accuracy -Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez

So there you have it.  Submit your best picks building your ‘5-tool Player’ using players from the 1990’s.

Building the ‘5-Tool Player’ Using Today’s Stars

It is virtually impossible for 1 player to be the league’s best hitter for average, power hitter, and base runner while also being a master defender with a gun for an arm.  But that is what the ‘5-Tool Player’ is all about.

I thought it would be fun to build the ‘5-Tool Player’ using these 5 characteristics from today’s group of baseball superstars.

There is only 1 rule – you cannot use the same player for 2 of these attributes.  If your power hitter is also your best defender it’s time to dig a little deeper and re-tool your player.

Send me your picks!!!

Here is my ‘robot’:

Power Hitter – Ryan Howard

Hitter for Average – Albert Pujols

Base Runner – Ichiro

Defensive Presence – Nate McLouth

Arm Power and Accuracy – Jeff Francoeur

Searching Today’s Game, Looking For A ‘5-Tool Player’…

I wanted to continue with my posts about the ‘5-Tool Player’.  I thought it would be fun to get the readers involved too and ask for their submissions as to who fits the criteria to make the list.

Trying to find the player that has the perfect blend of all 5 values is going to be harder than I originally thought.  Some of the attributes like hitting for average, hitting for power, and base running should be easier due to the stats that are readily available.  The defensive values of throwing and fielding may be harder to navigate as several of the league’s Gold Glove winners are not the best defensive players at their positions.

I am already positive that if the ‘5-Tool Player’ exists in today’s game he will not have the highest batting average, most steals, and most home runs.  The perfect player does not exist, but there is a nice sized handful of players that meet 2-3-4 of the needed goals to be considered a ‘5-Tool’ guy.

In the National League, you have players like Todd Helton and Hanley Ramirez that are close but they’re lacking in 1 or 2 categories to make the list.  Helton cannot run, and Ramirez makes a good number of errors each year.  Then you have players like Jeff Francoer, Andruw Jones, and Jim Edmonds that excel in the 2 defensive categories but their offensive stats are par or below par.

Over in the American League, players like Ichiro and Derek Jeter get the job done defensively, but lack the power numbers needed to be considered for this group.  On the reverse, you have offensive talents like Joe Mauer and Magglio Ordonez that are great hitters, but their base running abilities are limited at best.

So, here is my list of 4 contenders.  I’m sure that there are many more that are worthy of consideration….

Alex Rodriguez – .310 BA, 33 HR’s, 17 SB’s, .968 fielding %, 10 errors

Torii Hunter – .281 BA, 20 HR’s, 17 SB’s, 1.00 fielding %, 0 errors

Jimmy Rollins – .275 BA, 10 HR’s, 42 SB’s, .988 fielding %, 6 errors

Carlos Beltran – .278 BA, 23 HR’s, 20 SB’s, .992 fielding %, 0 errors

So, in today’s game who offers that perfect blend?  Am I missing anyone?  Let me know who you think is the ultimate ‘5-Tool Player’ in the game today!!!

The Magical ‘5-Tool’ Player

I have always loved the idea of the ‘5-Tool Player’.  The star player that has the ability to do it all and do it all way above average.

The term has been most commonly used to judge prospects and minor league talent as they prepare for their big league careers.  I am going to use this term to judge baseball’s best players today as well as it’s heroes of the past.

The ‘5-tool player’ is defined as:  The baseball player with the ability to excel in hitting for an average, hitting for power, baserunning speed, defensive fielding, and the ability to throw with power and control.

I am going to write several posts in the coming weeks about the ‘5-tool player’ and hope that the readers out there will lend a hand as we all try to determine and convince one another as to who belongs on this list and who falls short.  For each of these posts, I will link back to this one so we can easily refer back to baseball’s definition of a ‘5-tool player’.

2nd Purchase… full of Dawson!!

Who knows if I’ll be able to record all of my purchases; who knows if anyone cares about this besides me.  Either way, I made another buy and am pretty happy with the results.  I am a huge Andre Dawson fan.  Not only did he star as the best player on the Cubs while I lived in Chicago, but he also played for and still works for my beloved Florida Marlins.

I consider Dawson to be the most complete player of my time, with Barry Bonds and Rickey Henderson rounding out the top 3(not necessarily in that order).  I’m crossing my fingers that he finally gets the nod and is voted into the Hall of Fame.  I’ll go more into my obsession about the ‘5-tool player’ another time…

Anyway, I was able to grab his 1977 rookie card and 1980 Topps card at an extremely reasonable price.

The 'Hawk' Andre Dawson - 1977 rookie card

The 'Hawk' Andre Dawson - 1977 rookie card

1980 Topps - 4th Year card

1980 Topps - 4th Year card