5 MLB Players With All the Tools

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What are a baseball player’s tools? Generally, it’s a player’s ability (or lack thereof) as it pertains to the separate elements of a baseball game — throwing, fielding, and hitting. For baseball fans, it’s a familiar, old-timey concept. It’s the 78RPM single-sided vinyl of baseball analytics. Over at Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, Jeff Sullivan’s taken a gander at the “five-tool” program by comparing the ‘tools’ benchmarks with newer innovations.

“Now that we have a more precise understanding of what makes a baseball player valuable,” Sullivan writes. “We know, for example, that it’s more important to be able to hit for power than it is to throw the ball real fast.”

Using the z-scores pulled from representative statistics as stand ins for each of the five tools, Sullivan was able to collect data on the players that were, in his words, the ‘toolsiest’ players in the league: “the ones who are most above the mean when considering all five tools combined.”

Think the math lines up with the usual suspects? Here are the top five ‘toolsiest’ MLB players of 2014. All data courtesy of FiveThirtyEight, who drew their numbers from FanSided.

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