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Best hitting, baserunning tools

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Our evaluation of the best tools in the game continues. On Wednesday, three MLB Insider talent evaluators -- Manny Acta, Jim Bowden and Christopher Crawford -- laid out the "best of the best" of the defensive tools. Today we look at hitting and baserunning tools.


Best hitting tool

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1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
"He can handle every pitch and has the natural ability to always let his eyes tell him what to do with the ball. He doesn't get infield hits; he earns 'em by squaring up the ball. He's simply the best!" -- Manny Acta

2. Mike Trout, Angels
3. Robinson Cano, Mariners
4. Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
5. Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies