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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Avila named AL's second-best defensive catcher in Baseball America's tools survey

Baseball America did its annual survey of big-league managers to find teh best tools in the majors, and several Tigers were ranked among the best in specific categories. [You can read the full results here.]

There are some obvious results. And a surprise or two. 

Ian Kinsler was ranked as the third-best defensive second baseman, behind Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano.

Alex Avila was ranked second in the best defensive catcher category, behind Salvador Perez.

Miguel Cabrera ranks No. 1 in the best hitter category, No. 2 in best power, best strike-zone judgement (behind teammate Victor Martinez) and No. 2 in most exciting player (behind Mike Trout).

Rajai Davis is No. 2 in the fastest baserunner category (displaying the ‘rockets in his behind’ that Torii Hunter talked about) behind Jarrod Dyson.

Each of the Tigers’ three former Cy Young winners — Justin Verlander (3rd, best curveball), Max Scherzer (T2nd, best slider and best change-up) and David Price (T2nd, best change-up) ranked among the top three with one or more of their pitches, while Price was ranked as having the best control in the American League, and the second-best pickoff move.


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