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Old 06-23-2014, 05:37 AM
 
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Andrew God Damn McCutchen. /thread.

Cutch is a better OFer than Puig and probably Trout, but that's due to his first-read ability. His paths to fly balls are nearly perfect. Puig and Trout take less efficient routes, but cover the same ground or more by sheer physicality.

Now, my vote for most athletic would be an odd one. I'd go with Josh Harrison. At 5'8", 200 lbs, he can play every position except catcher (he's even pitched), played QB in HS, and also was a star hoopster despite his short stature. His natural positions are 3B and 2B, although he's already made two of the best OF catches in MLB this season, one in RF, one in LF. And he's hitting over .300 with an .800+ OPS.

If only he could actually bunt effectively...
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:38 AM
 
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When the topic calls for the superlative..."best"..."greatest", the argument tends to be about the definition of the word. Does "best" mean best built? Most versatile? Strongest? Fastest? Most naturally gifted?

I do not know who is the strongest, fastest or best built. As for most naturally gifted, that may well be someone like Pablo Sandoval who has to be an incredible natural athlete if he can play professional sports while being grossly overweight.

Suppose they had some sort of Pentathlon for baseball players featuring:
Running
Throwing
Weight lifting
Gymnastics
Swimming

Who on your club would win? It might well be some otherwise undistinguished player who isn't the best at baseball, but can dominate the events. For example, on the A's the running would be between Coco Crisp and Curt Gentry, the strongest would be Yoenis Cepedes (who is also very fast) and I suspect that the best gymnast would be the non star, Eric Sogard. I've seen his pre game warmups which feature a number of violent flips, leaps, pretzel twistings of his body...which I don't think very many people can do. No idea who the best swimmer would be.

If I had to wager, I guess I'd put my money on Cepedes. Anyone ever see that unusual audition video he made during the time between his defection and his signing? Remarkable athlete.
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:27 AM
 
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I'm voting for Trout. He reminds me of the young Mickey Mantle.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:41 AM
 
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Those guys are pretty fit, but Kyle Blanks is beastly up close.
Yes indeed! I saw him on the Padres at Spring Training last year. That guy's a beast. I was so impressed with his stature and play. He's been playing well in limited opportunities, but I still expect him to break out soon. I will say that Mike Trout immediately came to my mind when thinking of the best MLB athlete though just because he's a 5-tool player built like a linebacker.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:05 AM
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How about a player 6'4", 240 lbs, power, speed and an MVP winner? - Josh Hamilton. Injury prone or not he's a helluva an athlete.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:56 PM
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I'm voting for Trout. He reminds me of the young Mickey Mantle.
Hard to argue against Trout but another guy that puts me in mind of Mantle is the Blue Jays Brett Lawrie. This guy doesn't know how strong he is and his fast-twitch muscles may be unrivaled in MLB.

If he learns to relax a bit more at the plate and let his hands do the work, and improves his pitch selection, he could put up some monster numbers one day.
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Old 06-25-2014, 12:56 PM
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Hard to argue against Trout but another guy that puts me in mind of Mantle is the Blue Jays Brett Lawrie. This guy doesn't know how strong he is and his fast-twitch muscles may be unrivaled in MLB.

If he learns to relax a bit more at the plate and let his hands do the work, and improves his pitch selection, he could put up some monster numbers one day.

At the rate he's going he won't have any hands left.
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:29 PM
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At the rate he's going he won't have any hands left.
Ouch!

You may be right.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:11 PM
 
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From current players, that leaves Derek Jeter, Torii Hunter, and Ichiro Suzuki.
Five years ago, I would agree wholeheartedly. Today, not so much. Very astute putting Irchiro on the list. I watched him in Seattle when he started playing in America and the guy had the best all around game you could imagine. Inspiring.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:56 PM
 
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By athlete I mean most physically strong and fit

Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Yoenis Cespedes, Yasiel Puig and Jacoby Ellsbury are the most athletic that come to mind. I'd say that the best athlete is Trout because he looks like a mini-linebacker, but has speed like a sprinter.

I also considered Ryan Braun, but he has an uninspiring chest
Prince Fielder or Pablo Sandoval.
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