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A curse and a blessing. That’s what earning the fabled “Five-Tool Player” label gets you in baseball. It’s a blessing because that means you have the 5 “tools” that scouts look for in a player:
1) Hitting for power
2) Hitting for average
3) Fielding ability
4) Throwing ability
When you have these tools, you have the potential to become the next Bryce Harper or Mike Trout. That’s the blessing. The curse? You are expected to rise through the ranks quickly, and if you don’t live up to your potential you are often labeled a bust, regardless of what round you were picked.
Roger Kieschnick has earned the “Five-Tool Player” label. Nicknamed the “Hawk” by his teammates, Kieschnick was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2008 MLB Draft. Baseball America rated him the top position player from Texas in that draft.
While playing in his first season of professional ball for Single high-A in San Jose, Kieschnick h