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.
Check out all the details at DodgerBlue.com.
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.