Base Running Stats from Bill James
More interesting stats from the Bill James Handbook concerning baserunning at the Major League level.
Elvis Andrus: Best Baserunner of 2010
- An average baserunner can go first to third on a single 28% of the time.
- An average baserunner can score from second on a single 58% of the time.
- An average baserunning can score from first on a double 62% of the time.
First to Third
- Elvis Andrus went from first to third on a single 20 times in 2010, the most of any MLB player. Juan Pierre was second with 18.
- Bryan Pena was not able to go first to third on a single any times during the 2010 season in 17 tries; worst in the Majors.
- Prince Fielder was 3 for 64 in going first to third, the worst percentage in MLB.
Scoring from Second
- Alex Rios scored from second on a single 24 times, the most of any MLB player.
- Chone Figgins scored from second on a single 15 out of 16 times.
- Ivan Rodriguez scored from second on a single only 1 time out of 12 chances, worst in the Majors.
Scoring from First on a Double
- Carl Crawford and Jose Bautista both scored from first on a double 11 times. Bautista had the better percentage at 11 for 16.
- Lumbering Jim Thome was on first when a double was hit and did not score in 8 chances.
Miscellaneous Baserunning Stats:
- A “base taken” is when a player moves up a base on a passed ball, wild pitch, balk, sacrifice fly, or defensive indifference. Derek Jeter led all MLB players with 38.
- Vladimir Guerrero was thrown out advancing 10 times, most in the Majors.
Grounding into Double Plays:
- An average player grounds into a double play 11% of the time when there is a runner on first and less than 2 outs.
- Billy Butler led the Majors in GIDP with 32.
- Carl Crawford was the hardest player to GIDP with only 2 in 132 situations.