Perusing the Bill James Handbook, which has some interesting statistics about baserunning (on hits, not basestealing) this year. Anyway, the Braves’ best baserunner among regulars last year was Marcus Giles, and it isn’t particularly close:
- He was on first base when a single was hit 16 times, and made it to third 8 times.
- He was on second when a single was hit 20 times, and scored 14 times.
- He was on first when a double was hit 9 times, and scored 4 times.
- He was not thrown out on the bases all year.
His overall percentage of getting the extra base was 58 percent. No other regular player was over 50 percent. Furcal was at 47%, as was Langerhans. Francoeur and Johnson were at 45. Andruw was at 43, Chipper at 42.
Now, Pete Orr was at 60, in fewer chances; given his speed, he might be a better baserunner than Marcus. Might not. Brian Jordan is a legitimately outstanding baserunner, and was at 77 percent last year, including 6-7 in scoring from first on a double, though he too had limited time.
Marcus also was 84 percent in stolen base attempts (Furcal was at 82). And he was second on the team in OBP to Chipper. Just saying.