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Baseball America Releases Their Best Tools Lists; Several Pirates Mentioned

Baseball America Releases Their Best Tools Lists; Several Pirates Mentioned

Baseball America released their Best Tools lists for each level in the 2013 season. Below are the links to each level's article, along with the Pirates who received recognition.

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All of the Pirates awards were NL only.

Pedro Alvarez was named as having the third best power, behind Carlos Gonzalez and Giancarlo Stanton.

Andrew McCutchen received a lot of recognition in the best tools list by Baseball America. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Andrew McCutchen was named the Most Exciting Player and the second best baserunner, behind Everth Cabrera. McCutchen was also named the third best defensive outfielder. Last year he won the Gold Glove, although the award wasn't really earned as much for his defense as it was for his offense and name recognition. His defense has actually improved this year, with several highlight reel plays being made not because he's out of position or taking bad routes, but because he's using his speed to get to difficult plays.

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