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Identifying those with the best tools in the game

Baseball is built on five tools: hitting for average, hitting for power, throwing, fielding and running. Steve Phillips pinpoints the players whose skills, or lack thereof, in each area could make or break their teams.

Originally Published: March 28, 2007
By Steve Phillips | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's Note: This story appears in the April 9 edition of ESPN The Magazine.

Baseball is built on five tools: hitting for average, hitting for power, throwing, fielding and running. Here's a look at the players whose skills, or lack thereof, in each area could make or break their teams. Plus, to wrap everything up, there's a sixth category -- chemistry -- on the guys who have a sixth sense for creating it.

Sticks Joe Mauer, C, Twins OK, so you were the best hitter in the AL last year, ...

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