Tigers Outfielder Rajai Davis Records 300th Stolen Base of Career

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffSeptember 1, 2014

Detroit Tigers' Rajai Davis safely beats the tag  of Colorado Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu on a double to center field during the third inning of an interleague baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Detroit Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis swiped his 32nd bag of the season in Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox, thus reaching 300 stolen bases for his career.

Stuck on 31 and 299 for nearly two weeks, the speedy outfielder recorded his milestone steal in the third inning of Saturday's game off White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt—who has making his first career major league appearance—and catcher Adrian Nieto.

Upon reaching 30 stolen bases for the season earlier in August, Davis became just the second active player to record a 30-steal season for three different teams, joining free agent outfielder Alfonso Soriano, per Complete Baseball Encyclopedia (via GammonsDaily.com). Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes may join the group by the end of this season, as he currently sits at 24 stolen bases and previously recorded 30-steal campaigns for both the New York Mets and Miami Marlins.

Though he's largely been used as a platoon player throughout his nine-year career, the 33-year-old Davis ranks 12th among active players with 300 career steals. He has topped 40 stolen bases in four of the last five seasons, recording a personal-best 50 steals in 2010 for the Oakland Athletics.

While his value on the basepaths is quite apparent, Davis owns a career .255/.298/.352 slash line against right-handed pitching, which explains why 2010 was the only season in which he recorded more than 447 at-bats.

And, despite possessing excellent speed, Davis has a career UZR/150 of minus-4.0, with FanGraphs estimating that his defense has been worth 31.9 runs below average throughout the course of his career.


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