Sunday, February 3, 2013

Toolshed: Speed

2013 was the year of the stolen base in the minor leagues, highlighted by Billy Hamilton breaking Vince Coleman's record with 155 stolen bases. Just like how Hamilton shattered Coleman's record, his speed shatters the 20-80 scouting scale. Hamilton's speed and stolen base ability is probably a full two grades better than any other players, so that would make it around an 100. Hamilton was not the only burner to break the 100 stolen base barrier, as Delino Deshields reached that plateau by swiping 101 bags. Look for Roman Quinn to break out the next year, I think he will be the next player to accomplish that feat.

When comparing this list to my others in the Toolshed series, remember that because of the nature of the scouting scale it is easier to earn a plus-plus grade for speed than for any other tool. That is not to take anything away from the burners, but there will always be more players with an 80 speed tool than an 80 power tool.
1.)Billy Hamilton          80
2.)Roman Quinn            80
3.)D.J. Davis                  80
4.)Mallex Smith             80
5.)Delino DeShields Jr. 80
6.)Billy Buns                 80
7.)Eury Perez                 80
8.)Edgardo Rivera         70
9.)Jeff Kobernus            70
10.)Matt Szuzur              70
11.)CJ McElroy               70
12.)Keenyn Walker          70
13.)Byron Buxton            70
14.)Rey Fuentes               70
15.)Mason Williams         70
16.)Leury Garcia               70
17.)Gary Brown                 70
18.)Jose Peraza                  70
19.)Travis Jankowski         65
20.)Austin Schotts             65
21.)Tzu Wei Lin                 65
22.)Travis Jankowski          65
23.)Franklin Barreto           65
24.)Slade Heathcott            65
25.)Bubba Starling             65
26.)Luis Sardinas               65
27.)Adam Eaton                 65
28.)Gregory Polanco          65
29.)Glyn Davis                   65
30.)Andrew Toles              65
31.)Manuel Margot           65
32.)Kyrell Hudson             65
33.)Eric Stamets                65
34.)James Ramsey             65
35.)James Baldwin            65
36.)George Springer          65
37.)Johnathan Reynoso     65
38.)Nick Ahmed                65

39.)Max White                  65
40.)Anthony Alford           65

Billy Hamilton-How could I show someone else here?

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