The Six Tools of a Baseball Player

Position Players


1.  Hitting for Average- Line Drives for singles, doubles, and triples


2. Hitting for Power-  Gap and Homerun ability


3. Fielding- Range and Flow


4. Throwing- Arm strength and Accuracy


5. Running- Speed and Quickness


6. Mental Approach and Stability



Baseball Players are rated for current ability and potential on a 20-80 scale.  50 is considered the average for Major League Baseball.  For example, the "average" MLB 60 time (Home to Second Base) is 6.5 seconds.  If a player being rated has a 6.5, with room for improvement on this time, may be rated 50/60.  


50-   MLB Average

60-   Plus

70-   Plus Plus


If someone is rated as having Plus-Power, their rating is usually a 60


Pitchers


1. Fastball- Velocity, Movement, and Location


2. Change- Speed Differential, Movement, and Location


3. Breaking Ball- Velocity, Movement, and Location


4. Secondary Breaking Ball- Velocity, Movement, and Location


5. Fielding- Fielding the Pitcher Position


6. Mental Approach and Stability