What is a "5 Tool Player?"

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  1. LarryDavenport

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    I have heard baseball players referred to as a "5 Tool Player" but have yet to hear what the 5 tools are. Can someone enlighten me?
     
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    1. Hit for average 2. Hit for power 3. Field their position 4. run well, steal bases 5. Throw.
     
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    It's

    1. Fielding

    2. Arm strength

    3. Batting for power

    4. Batting for average

    5. Running ability.

    Also known as A-Rod
     
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    And Vlad.
     
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    Wow, sounds like you guys are describing Cecil Fielder to a T! [​IMG]

    Ken Griffey Jr. and Bonds would be considered 5 tool players as well.
     
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    Barry is probably only a 4.5, his arm is at best average.
     
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    I don't think Griffey will be trying to steal bases anymore after all the leg injuries he's had. Especially not if it only opens 1st base for a team to put Dunn on.

    Bonds doesn't really have the arm or speed he used to.

    Jeter is a 5-tool guy, although with considerably less power than A-Rod or Vlad.

    Soriano could be one if his fielding picks up.

    Other 5-tool guys

    Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Tejada, Nomar- None of these guys run much but they're on teams that don't steal bases
     
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    Yeah, Jeter's fielding is at best average, although he fields to his right as well as any shortstop currently playing. I still think his fielding is good enough to make him a marginal five tool player.
     
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    Jeter's fielding in the post season is second to none but the man doesn't have great power.
     
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    Jose Cruz jr. would be another 5 tool player
     
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    Jose Cruz jr? The guy with a career .251 average and .467 slugging percentage? He's not exactly what I'd call 5 tool. He's not a waste of a roster space, mind you...but still, at 28yrs old he needs to do something quick to be considered among the leagues top 25.

    Up until about 2yrs ago you could make a case for Bagwell. Now he's really just 4 tool since he doesn't run much, but he does at least run wisely.
     
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    Maybe Soriano?

    39 HR, 102 RBI, 41 SB and .300avg last year; has above average arm strength and is coming around in his fielding (though he has to work on it still).

    (Just noticed Phil L's comment on this.) :b

    However, there's much less emphasis on stolen bases nowadays, hence it's harder and harder to find such players.
     

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