The increase in stolen bases this season due to the bases being larger and closer together has been taken advantage of by certain teams in particular - the Pirates, Cubs and Mets to name a few. Overall, 82% stolen base attempts have been successful compared to only 65% last year.
In a previous post, we updated the Stolen Base charts to get those percentages correct, with odd numbers on Stolen Base Attempts never resulted in a Caught Stealing, only in the runner not getting a break on the chart. However, we also just upgraded some cards who are stealing a lot more bases in the early season. To start the season, there were only two AA stolen base ratings, and neither of them had played this season, and there were zero AAA ratings - a rating reserved in Statis-Pro history for Rickey Henderson and a few other elites.
However, we upgraded any player in the game who hit these thresholds so far this season:
SP: AAA (5 players now in the game) requires at least 8 steals so far AND at least one stolen base for every 3 singles or walks (33% on the chart below). Rickey Henderson did it 12 times including when he was 23 (130 steals and 221 singles or walks for 59%). Despite his bases being the old distance, he was successful 82% of the time and had a ratio of 33% for a SP: AAA at the ages of 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 34, 38.
SP: AA (10 players now in the game) requires at least 6 steals so far AND at least one stolen base for every 4 singles or walks (25% on the chart below). Rickey hit this mark for a SP: AA at the age of 20, 28, 32, 33, 38, 39, 41 - yes at 41 years old he would have been one of the 15 best ranked base stealers in this game even without the bases being closer together and bigger.
SP: A (13 players upgraded to A, but others in the game were already SP: A) requires at least 4 steals so far AND at least one stolen base for every 7 singles or walks (14% on the chart below).
Other players kept their rating of SP: B, SP: C or SP: D, or if they are projected to to not steal a single base, then SP:E - meaning they are not allowed to steal in a game. While not listed on the chart, Vogelbach's career stats are:
SP: E (Daniel Vogelbach and several others). Vogelbach's career stats include 257 walks, 174 singles and 0 stolen bases for 0% if we included him on the chart below.
The chart of the 40 players who hit these marks are below in order. We list Tim Locastro and Tyler Wade first without a percentage, because they are pinch running to get steals with few at bats so the ratio doesn't matter. The best ratio is the 23 year old Rickey Henderson at 59%, with Jose Azocar the highest this year with 56% but he is only a SP: A because it is only 5 steals. The highest this year who qualifies is the Pirates Ji Hwan Bae of the Pirates, with 10 steals against only 19 total singles + walks.
We actually did not have cards in the game for Bae or Locastro because we did not expect them to have enough plate appearances, so we have added their cards to the game while for other players we just upgraded their SP rating as indicated on the table below with "SB orig" showing their card rating and then what it was changed to with "Now."
|rnk||Rickey Henderson or||Team||SB orig||Now||SB||1b or W||Ratio|
|23 year old Rickey||OAK||130||221||59%|
|2||Ji Hwan Bae||PIT||new||AAA||10||19||53%|
|24 year old Rickey||OAK||108||212||51%|
|27 year old Rickey||NYY||87||185||47%|
|29 year old Rickey||NYY||93||213||44%|
|38 year old Rickey||ANA||16||42||38%|
|30 year old Rickey||OAK||52||136||38%|
|21 year old Rickey||OAK||100||261||38%|
|26 year old Rickey||NYY||80||214||37%|
|25 year old Rickey||OAK||66||186||35%|
|34 year old Rickey||TOR||22||62||35%|
|31 year old Rickey||OAK||65||192||34%|
|22 year old Rickey||OAK||56||168||33%|
|39 year old Rickey||OAK||66||215||31%|
|32 year old Rickey||OAK||58||188||31%|
|20 year old Rickey||OAK||33||113||29%|
|28 year old Rickey||NYY||41||147||28%|
|33 year old Rickey||OAK||48||171||28%|
|41 year old Rickey||SEA||31||121||26%|
|38 year old Rickey||TOT||45||175||26%|
|34 year old Rickey||TOT||53||214||25%|
|38 year old Rickey||SDP||29||133||22%|
|41 year old Rickey||TOT||36||166||22%|
|40 year old Rickey||NYM||37||178||21%|
|36 year old Rickey||OAK||32||153||21%|
|34 year old Rickey||OAK||31||152||20%|
|42 year old Rickey||SDP||25||139||18%|
|37 year old Rickey||SDP||37||209||18%|
|35 year old Rickey||OAK||22||130||17%|