Best hitting, baserunning tools

Three Insiders lay out the top five in each offensive category

Updated: August 14, 2014, 9:38 AM ET
By Manny Acta, Jim Bowden, Christopher Crawford | ESPN Insider

Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton & Billy HamiltonGetty ImagesMiguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton and Billy Hamilton nail down top spots as we examine offense.
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