I'm assuming that he had a very high standard deviation of exit velocity? That's kind of a throwback to the times when bat speed wasn't the be-all, end-all, and players would change how they swung based on count or other situational considerations.
Isn't a five tool player someone with clearly above-average ability in each of the five tools? Nothing at all against Jones or Markakis, they were both very good for a long time. But it's hard to say a guy is a five-tool player if, in Adam's case, he never had 20 steals and never hit .300. He was never in the top 10 in the league in steals or BA, and his top HR season he was 6th.
Maybe this debate hinges on tools vs execution. Someone mentioned Corey Patterson as a five-tool player. Maybe he was, but he wasn't a five... uhh... results player, not when he hit .252, only once had 20 homers, and had a career high of eight OF assists.
Well, Manfred was outside counsel advising the owners on the strike.
He was worthless than, and now, fast forward to 2020, still worthless to MLB.
Marty, whatever you do, skip 2020, never travel there.
I think nobody mentioned Markakis because he was a little fast when he came up, but by 2012 he was not fast. And in the modern game a peak of 23 homers 13 years ago is not power. Last year he had nine homers, and the average MLBer had over 20 homers per 600 PAs.
And I think the only time I was ever convinced he was Gold Glove caliber was when I was in the middle of one of those mind-numbing arguments with @Old#5Fan.
I say all of this as a Nick Markakis fan. Just not on the level of @Frobby