five-tool player

A gifted position player who excels at the five major baseball skills: hit for average, hit for power, run, field (catch), and throw.

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Sports Illustrated (Nov. 24, 2003) called Willie Mays “the prototypical five-tool player.”

See also tools, 1; complete player. Syn. five-tooler; tools player; tool shed, 1.

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