When I played, I was the rare one-tool player; I could rake the infield with the best of them.

The Reds have some players with some legitimate tools, and that was recognized recently by Baseball America in their annual ratings of the “Best Tools.” Check out all the fun and hilarity here. A sample, from the NL rankings:

–Best Hitter: Joey Votto is rated #2, behind Albert Pujols.
–Best Power: Adam Dunn, #1.
–Best Muddy Waters Impression: Dusty Baker rated #2, behind Craig Counsell.
–Best Defensive 2B: Brandon Phillips, #1.
–Best Defensive 3B: Scott Rolen, #2
–Best Hair: Edinson Volquez and Jonny Gomes tied for #2, behind Ryan Franklin’s chin.
–Best Outfield Arm: Jay Bruce, #2

*I may have made up a couple of those. You’ll never know which ones.

10 Responses

  1. Ethan D

    -Biggest Tool: (Tie for 1st) Chris Carpenter and Yadier Molina

  2. Y-City Jim

    Good one, Ethan.

    Pedro Feliz is supposed to be an upgrade at 3B for the Cardinals?

  3. TheNatural

    @Y-City Jim: As I’ve posted in another thread, Feliz is the worst positional player in all of baseball based on WAR.

  4. earl

    It seems some clubs are starting to be wary of JB’s arm in right and the news about his arm is getting out there. I wonder if he will get many votes for gold glove this year?

    • mike

      I wonder if he will get many votes for gold glove this year?

      it’s between Bruce and Upton and I think Bruce should win it
      I don’t think anyone else is really close

  5. shadow32

    Best hair HAS to be Arroyo. My wife specifically watches at the beginning of the games just to see how he has “styled” his hair.

  6. mike

    Best media quotes: Adam Dunn

    Best super fast guy who never got on base: C Patterson

    Best I have no power but I hit HR: Juan Castro (25 HR as a Red despite a .353 SLG) 2nd place would go to Stubbs….23 HR already in his career despite supposedly having no power and he only has a .418 SLG)

    Best I was once great now I’m the worst defender in baseball: Jr