Gold standard? NL managers know

Paul Goldschmidt all over Baseball America's annual "Best Tools" survey.

Paul Goldschmidt is rated the National League's second-best power hitter, third-best hitter and second-best defensive first baseman.

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PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is not one to toot his own horn. It is set on permanent mute.

And despite Goldschmidt's remarkable numbers this season and last, he still does not seem to have the national cachet that a two-time All-Star and one of the rising stars of his generation deserves.

So it's a good thing the National League managers are there for balance.

Goldschmidt is all over industry bible Baseball America's "Best Tools" report, selected in a secret ballot among NL managers.

Goldschmidt was rated the second-best power hitter in the league, the third-best hitter and the second-best defensive first baseman.

It was not breaking news in the D-backs' clubhouse.

"Not surprising," D-backs reliever Brad Ziegler said. "We see it on an everyday basis, and so we appreciate it more than people who never see him play do."

Miami's Giancarlo Stanton was rated No. 1 for power and Washington's Adam LaRoche was the top-rated defender at first. Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen were ranked 1-2 as the top overall hitters.

McCutchen, last season's NL MVP ahead of Goldschmidt, was in the top three in four categories in the survey, which includes hitting, pitching, defense and speed sections. Tulowitzki and the Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig were mentioned three times.

Goldschmidt likely will miss the rest of the season because of a fractured fourth metacarpal in his left hand, but even a week after the injury he still led the majors with 39 doubles, one more than Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Goldschmidt is slashing .300/.396/.542 with 19 homers and 69 RBI.

Goldschimdt was injured when hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh right-hander Ernesto Frieri on Aug. 1, and D-backs right-hander Randall Delgado hit McCutchen in the back the following night. McCutchen has not played since because of a left rib injury, although Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle has said two are not related. The Pirates on Friday designated for assignment Frieri.

NATIONAL LEAGUE "BEST TOOLS" SURVEY

BEST HITTER

TEAM

1. Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies

2. Andrew McCutchen

Pirates

3. Paul Goldschmidt

D-backs

BEST POWER

 

1. Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins

2. Paul Goldschmidt

D-backs

3. Yasiel Puig

Dodgers

BEST BUNTER

 

1. Dee Gordon

Dodgers

2. Billy Hamilton

Reds

3. Everth Cabrera

Padres

BEST STRIKE-ZONE JUDGMENT

 

1. Andrew McCutchen

Pirates

2. Joey Votto

Reds

3. Matt Carpenter

Cardinals

BEST HIT AND RUN ARTIST

 

1. Yadier Molina

Cardinals

2 (tie). Martin Prado

D-backs/Yankees

2 (tie). Jonathan Lucroy

Brewers

BEST BASERUNNER

 

1. Billy Hamilton

Reds

2. Dee Gordon

Dodgers

3. Andrew McCutchen

Pirates

FASTEST BASERUNNER

 

1. Billy Hamilton

Reds

2. Dee Gordon

Dodgers

3. Ben Revere

Phillies

MOST EXCITING PLAYER

 

1. Andrew McCutchen

Pirates

2. Yasiel Puig

Dodgers

3. Carlos Gomez

Brewers

BEST PITCHER

 

1. Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

2. Adam Wainwright

Cardinals

3. Johnny Cueto

Reds

BEST FASTBALL

 

1. Aroldis Chapman

Reds

2. Craig Kimbrel

Braves

3. Edinson Volquez

Pirates

BEST CURVEBALL

 

1. Adam Wainwright

Cardinals

2. Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

3. Julio Teheran

Braves

BEST SLIDER

 

1. Craig Kimbrel

Braves

2. Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

3. Jose Fernandez

Marlins

BEST CHANGEUP

 

1. Cole Hamels

Phillies

2. Johnny Cueto

Reds

3. Stephen Strasburg

Nationals

BEST CONTROL

 

1. Adam Wainwright

Cardinals

2. Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

3. Zack Greinke

Dodgers

BEST PICKOFF MOVE

 

1. Madison Bumgarner

Giants

2. Julio Teheran

Braves

3. Johnny Cueto

Reds

BEST RELIEVER

 

1. Craig Kimbrel

Braves

2. Aroldis Chapman

Reds

3. Kenley Jansen

Dodgers

BEST DEFENSIVE CATCHER

 

1. Yadier Molina

Cardinals

2. Jonathan Lucroy

Brewers

3. Russell Martin

Pirates

BEST DEFENSIVE 1B

 

1. Adam LaRoche

Nationals

2. Paul Goldschmidt

D-backs

3. Freddie Freeman

Braves

BEST DEFENSIVE 2B

 

1. Brandon Phillips

Reds

2. D.J. LeMahieu

Rockies

3. Chase Utley

Phillies

BEST DEFENSIVE 3B

 

1. Nolan Arenado

Rockies

2. David Wright

Mets

3. Todd Frazier

Reds

BEST DEFENSIVE SHORTSTOP

 

1. Andrelton Simmons

Braves

2. Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies

3. Ian Desmond

Nationals

BEST INFIELD ARM

 

1. Andrelton Simmons

Braves

2. Troy Tulowitzki

Rockies

3. Ian Desmond

Nationals

BEST DEFENSIVE OUTFIELDER

 

1. Andrew McCutchen

Pirates

2. Carlos Gomez

Brewers

3. Gerardo Parra

D-backs

BEST OUTFIELD ARM

 

1. Yasiel Puig

Dodgers

2. Gerardo Parra

D-backs

3. Carlos Gonzalez

Rockies

BEST MANAGER

 

1. Bruce Bochy

Giants

2. Mike Matheny

Cardinals

3. Fredi Gonzalez

Braves

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