The ideal baseball player has five tools in his arsenal: elite speed, hitting that is both consistent and powerful, nimble fielding ability, and arm strength.
There aren’t too many players who have all five tools—but when that happens, it sure is special. Players like Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr., Andre Dawson, Bo Jackson, Dave Winfield, and Derek Jeter could do just about everything well, and it showed.
For any young emerging player, striving to obtain the five tools is certainly a way to get a leg up on the competition. It isn’t attainable for everyone, but that doesn't mean you can't improve on your natural ability—because you can.
“Honestly, it takes a rare breed for it to happen,” says Leslie Eddins, who served as personal trainer to catcher Jason Varitek during his entire career with the Boston Red Sox. “Still, training is so much different today than it used to be. Players put so much work into the offseason, you could just tell at spring training. If you apply yourself in the offseason, you will get results.” And by applying yourself, Eddins means engaging in the necessary training drills it takes to get the required skills.
So before you’re ready to proclaim yourself the next five-tool star, make sure you do these tips and drills for all five of the illustrious tools, compliments of a pro trainer who’s seen his fair share of talent in the bigs. Grab your bat and glove, and get ready to evolve your game.
Tool 1: The Workout for a Cannon Arm
Tool 2: The Workout for Elite Footspeed
Tool 3: The Workout for a Golden Glove
Tool 5: The Workout for Power Hitting