A quick baseball player is more valuable than any other type of baseball player. Quick players make outs less while they're on offense and make outs more while they're on defense, and outs ultimately translate to a team's success.
Quick players also score more runs on offense and prevent more runs on defense, and runs are the second-most important thing to a team's success.
No one has demonstrated this better than Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners. Ichiro's long streak of Gold Glove awards, All-Star Game appearances, 200-hit seasons and high stolen base totals are all due to this quickness.
Here are the 15 quickest players in the MLB right now.