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Dodgers lead MLB with 16 spots on Baseball America’s ‘Best Tools’ list

Mookie Betts, Julio Urias, and Trea Turner earned top honors

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Mookie Betts has the best outfield arm in the National League, according to MLB’s managers.
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The Dodgers accounted for 16 spots out of 73 on Baseball America’s annual “Best Tools” list, the most of any team this year. Selections for the 25 categories, which include best hitter, best strike-zone judgement, and best defender at each position, are chosen by all major league managers along with some coaches and front-office analysts.

Trea Turner was named best baserunner in the National League for the third year in a row and fastest baserunner for the second year, while Mookie Betts won first in the best outfield arm category. Julio Urías and Clayton Kershaw earned first and second, respectively, for best curveball.

Other honorees included Will Smith, Max Muncy, Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer, Kenley Jansen, Justin Turner, Cody Bellinger, and Dave Roberts, who placed second in the best manager category behind Milwaukee Brewers skipper Craig Counsell.

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Our old friend Joc Pederson tells the story of Atlanta’s season in his own words over at The Player’s Tribune, and it’s quite the read. racked up some classic, wacky, and wonderful Dodgers baseball cards, and their list is a true trip down memory lane.

Edwin Uceta joins Madison Bumgarner and company on the Arizona Diamondbacks for next season, writes Steve Adams at