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Best Qualities Of Base-Runners

Posted By Charles Mager On September 27, 2013 @ 4:28 PM In MLB | No Comments

Base-running [1]Base-running exists, we know it exists and it’s often easy to tell who’s a good base-runner and who’s a bad base-runner. Stolen base totals are useful but there is much more to base-running than that — going first-to-third on a single, advancing on a wild pitch or a ground ball, all of that stuff counts too.

We’re going to focus on the aspects of base-running that tend to go unnoticed, meaning everything other than stolen bases. Which players have helped their teams the most on the bases this year by doing things other than stealing bases? Here are the top 10:

2013′S BEST NON-STOLEN BASE-RUNNERS
PLAYER, TEAM, SB RUNS TOTAL, BASE-RUNNING RUNS, NON-SB BASE-RUNNING RUNS

Matt Carpenter, Cardinals -0.32 8.6 8.92
Daniel Murphy, Mets 0.68 8.0 7.32
Zack Cozart, Reds -0.03 6.9 6.93
Desmond Jennings, Rays 0.07 6.3 6.23
Michael Bourn, Indians -0.32 5.6 5.92
Dexter Fowler, Rockies -1.30 4.5 5.80
Elvis Andrus, Rangers 1.27 6.8 5.53
Austin Jackson, Tigers -0.44 4.8 5.24
Eric Young Jr., Mets 2.16 7.3 5.14
Alex Gordon Royals -0.17 4.7 4.87

Source: Mike Axisa, CBS Sports [2]


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[2] Mike Axisa, CBS Sports: http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/23877199/nonstolen-base-threats-baseballs-best-on-the-bases-at-other-stuff

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