How to Be a Five Tool Player in Baseball

A "Five Tool Player" is an extremely rare breed of baseball player because it means that a player posses all five tools that are used in baseball, speed, hitting ability, power, fielding, and arm strength. Many of the greatest players in the game are "five tool players" such as Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Mike Trout, and Manny Machado.


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    Be fast. The first tool is speed. You don't have to be blazing fast, but you have to be able to steal a base in key situations. One way to increase your speed is to take longer strides. You can count how many steps it takes you to get from first to second and then try to get that number lower on each try.
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    Develop your hitting ability. The second tool is hitting ability. First, you must find a comfortable stance for yourself. To find a better stance you can look up videos online of MLB players stances. Second you must learn to hit off a tee. After you can successfully hit line-drives off a tee. You can try soft-toss. Start at about 8–10 feet (2.4–3.0 m) away and once you can hit line-drives at least 9 out of 10 tries from that distances move to 20 feet (6.1 m) away, then 30 feet (9.1 m), and so on until you reach 60 feet (18.3 m).
    • After you can hit line-drives from 60 feet (18.3 m), you can begin to hit actual pitching in a batting cage or on the field. Remember, if you are having problems hitting just go back to the tee and soft-toss to find the flaws in your swing.
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    Be a strong hitter. The third tool is hitting for power. At a young age, this doesn't necessarily mean home runs. As long as you can get the ball over an outfielders head for doubles or triples, you are said to have power. As you develop as a player you will start to hit home runs.
    • At 14 you can start to weight lift and work out in a gym. You should work on your forearms, core, and lower body first as these are the most important to help you get power.
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    Learn about fielding. The fourth tool is fielding ability. First, you must find a position that is fit for you. Find your strengths and weaknesses and find the best position. To save your speed, don't be a catcher (unless of course, that is what you are good at). After you have a position, you must practice and practice and after that practice some more.
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    Work on arm strength. The fifth tool is arm strength. This is probably the easiest tool to develop but, also one of the most important. Start by throwing from 10 feet (3.0 m) away then move to 20 feet (6.1 m) then 40 feet (12.2 m). After you can hit your partner in the chest on each throw you can move to 90 feet (27.4 m), 100 feet (30.5 m), and 120 feet (36.6 m).
    • Keep practicing throwing every day until you can hit your partner in the chest on the fly every time. After this move back 20 feet (6.1 m) every day until you can no longer hit your partner in the chest on the fly. Practice until you can and continue moving. This should take a few months, but it will make you much better in the field.


  • Practice as much as you can for as long as you can.
  • Remember though, even if you are a "five tool player" college coaches and MLB teams will avoid you if you can't do your work in school.
  • Do the best you can do even when no one is looking.


  • Don't over work yourself.
  • Some people just aren't born to be "five tool players". So, don't be disappointed if you aren't. Just keep doing your best because that is what scouts really love.

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