Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Reds receive recognition in Baseball America's 'best tools' post


Baseball America recently asked various major league managers to vote for the best players from each league based on a variety of categories. On Tuesday, the results of those votes were revealed, and a handful of Reds players received recognition.

Joey Votto took home the prize for "Best Strike-Zone Judgement," and finished runner-up to Giants catcher Buster Posey for "Best Hitter," and runner-up to Nationals first basemen Adam LaRoche for "Best Defensive 1B."

Brandon Phillips took the top spot for "Best Defensive 2B" by edging out Cubs second basemen Darwin Barney, who beat out Phillips for the Gold Glove Award a season ago.

The title of "Best Fastball" went to Aroldis Chapman, who also finished third in the "Best Reliever" category, behind Braves closer Craig Kimbrel and Pirates closer Jason Grilli.

Shin-Soo Choo made an appearance in the "Best Strike-Zone Judgement" by ranking third. The Korean native trails only Votto for the highest OBP in the National League (.416).

The awards list is a prime candidate for debate due to its subjective nature. However, I believe the managers did a pretty fair job of giving credit where credit is due.

One interesting note that I took away from the voting results is that Bruce Bochy was named "Best Manager" despite guiding a team with a losing record. Furthermore, Nationals skipper Davey Johnson ranked third behind Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle, who is probably the only deserving one from that trio this year. It is what it is.

Via Baseball America

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