Indians' Michael Bourn Closing in on 300 Career Stolen Bases

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 16, 2014

Cleveland Indians' Michael Bourn, left, gets back to first base before the tag of Kansas City Royals second baseman Emilio Bonifacio (64) during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Bourn singled on a bunt to Royals third baseman Jamey Carroll who overthrew the first baseman on the play. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Orlin Wagner

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Bourn, who was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, needs just one more stolen base to reach 300 for his career.

He may be a bit hesitant to run after missing the first 13 games of the season with a hamstring injury, but Bourn still figures to record No. 300 before the end of April.

Once an elite base-stealing threat, the 31-year-old Bourn has slowed down a bit in recent seasons, yet still ranks 11th among active players on the all-time stolen bases list. He swiped at least 50 bags in three consecutive seasons from 2009 to 2011, sandwiching a pair of 61-steal campaigns around a 52-steal season in 2010.

Traded from the Houston Astros to the Atlanta Braves midway through the 2011 season, Bourn first showed signs of decline in 2012, when he swiped 42 bags in 55 attempts (76.4 percent) during a season spent entirely with the Braves.

Then, the speedy outfielder signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Indians last offseason and proceeded to steal just 23 bases in 35 attempts. The 65.7 percent success rate was easily the worst of Bourn's career, with the exception of a debut 2006 season that saw him log just three stolen-base attempts and eight at-bats.

Clearly not the base stealer he once was, Bourn will get his first crack at No. 300 Wednesday against starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez and the Detroit Tigers.