Dewan: The best and worst baserunners in 2016

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on July 21, 2016:

Who comes to mind when you think of the best baserunner in baseball? Bill James created a statistic to measure baserunning production called Net Gain that takes into account stolen bases (SB Gain) and baserunning advancements on both hits and outs (BR Gain). Using this statistic, we can evaluate who the best and worst baserunners are so far in 2016.


Mike Trout tops the leaderboard with a Net Gain of +41. Billy Hamilton, who dominated the leaderboard in 2015, is tied with Rajai Davis in third place with +34. He is only trailing Trout by seven despite missing 15 games this year. When we look at Net Gain as a rate statistic to account for the number of times each player was on base, Hamilton leads the way with 0.37 Net Gain per times on base. Note that the same five players are present on both leaderboards.

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Originally published: July 21, 2016. Last Updated: July 21, 2016.