Speed is one of the core values in baseball that cannot be taught. Players either are or aren’t born with the ability to run around the bases quickly.
So who is the fastest player in Major League Baseball?
I’ve taken a look at several different ways of measuring how fast players currently in the league are, but nothing was more useful than FanGraphs’ speed score.
FanGraphs averages stolen-base percentage, frequency of stolen-base attempts, percentage of triples and runs-scored percentage to come up with a speed score. The site notes that 4.5 is average, 5.5 is above average, 6.0 is great and anything 7.0 or higher is excellent.
Other statistics that I took into consideration include weighted stolen base runs (wSB), which measures how many runs a player contributes by stealing bases, as well as ultimate base running (UBR), which measures how much value a player adds via baserunning, both provided by FanGraphs.
Now that I’ve explained how the following players were judged, let’s take a look at who made the top 10.
*All statistics in this article were obtained via FanGraphs unless otherwise noted. All injury information was obtained via Baseball Prospectus. All contract information was obtained via Cot’s Contracts.