Sunday, August 17, 2014

More Baseball Player Rankings from Puig, Kershaw, and Gonzalez Get Defensive Mentions

Besides the baserunning and hitting tools, ESPN also ranked defensive and pitching prowess. In baserunning, Yasiel Puig ranked pretty high, but Clayton Kershaw and Adrian Gonzalez also got mentions (link insider only):

Best outfield arm

  • 1. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers: "Puig still makes mental mistakes -- overthrowing the cutoff man, throwing to the wrong base -- but in terms of pure, unadulterated arm strength, no one has more of it." -- Christopher Crawford
  • 2. Yoenis Cespedes, Red Sox: "The action isn't the prettiest, but he has improved his accuracy and has a quick release." -- Crawford
  • 3. Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
  • 4. Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
  • 5. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies

Best fielding pitchers

  • 1. Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays: "Buehrle has been the standard in terms of defense at the position for years and still fields the position as well as anyone in baseball, with excellent reflexes and great positioning after his pitches." -- Crawford
  • 2. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
  • 3. Marcus Stroman, Blue Jays: "Played shortstop in high school and could probably play it adequately in the big leagues right now." -- Bowden
  • 4. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  • 5. Henderson Alvarez, Marlins

Best first baseman at scooping low throws

  • 1. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees: "Teixeira remains the best in the game at scooping balls in the dirt, using his quick reflexes and anticipation." -- Bowden
  • 2. Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers: "Has incredibly soft hands." -- Acta
  • 3. Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
  • 4. Albert Pujols, Angels
  • 5. Adam LaRoche, Nationals