August 01, 2006
Baseball America just released the results of their "Best Tools" survey (of league managers) for 2006. Here's how certain Yankees did:
Best Strike-zone Judgment
#2 in the AL - Jason Giambi (behind Travis Hafner)
#1 in the NL - Bobby Abreu (ahead of Albert Pujols)
Best Hit-and-Run Artist
#1 in the AL - Derek Jeter (ahead of Michael Young)
#1 in the AL - Derek Jeter (ahead of Ichiro Suzuki)
#3 in the NL - Bobby Abreu (behind Jose Reyes and Juan Pierre)
Most Exciting Player
#2 in the AL - Derek Jeter (behind Ichiro Suzuki)
#3 in the AL - Mike Mussina (behind Barry Zito and Josh Beckett)
#3 in the AL - Mike Mussina (behind Johan Santana and Roy Halladay)
#3 in the AL - Mike Mussina (behind Curt Schilling and Roy Halladay)
#1 in the AL - Mariano Rivera (ahead of B.J. Ryan)
Best Defensive Shortstop
# 2 in the AL - Derek Jeter (behind Alex Gonzalez)
#2 in the AL - Joe Torre (behind Jim Leyland)
No other Yankees players made the top three in any of the 25 different categories. No A-Rod in "Best Power" or "Best Infield Arm." No Melky Cabrera in "Best Outfield Arm." No Kyle Farnsworth in "Best Fastball."
In the feature, players were asked questions on tools - including "If you could take a skill from an all-time legend to improve your game, what would it be?"
A-Rod's answer: "Jackie Robinson's speed, and to be a switch hitter like Mickey Mantle."
Hey, Alex, that's two all-time legends. Don't be greedy!
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 1, 2006 11:15 PM
Interesting list. Beckett's curveball would be a lot better if he could actually throw it for strikes. Anyone who said he had the second-best curveball in baseball isn't watching him pitch. Why do they think he gives up three home runs a game? He can't get the curveball over and ends up throwing fastballs all day long.
Anyone who rank Jeter the second best defensive short stop is on crack....
Farnsworth was hitting 101 on The Stadium's gun tonight. I'd be really interested in knowing who on this planet throws harder.
Zumaya and Billy Wagner throws harder... other than that it's hard to really call it.