Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
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Coco Crisp is good at stealing bases and it’s not just because he’s fast; he’s a smart runner. For his career, Crisp has stolen bases with an 80% success rate. For reference, from 2000-2012 all MLB players stole bases at a 72..8% success rate. Unfortunately, the good news ends there. First, Crisp has a lot of trouble staying healthy as he’s only averaged 115 games since 2004, but this year he might not have to worry about injuries cutting into his playing time. This offseason the Athletics added Chris Young to the outfield mix leaving them with five capable outfielders (Crisp, Young, Josh Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes and Seth Smith). It’s almost a guarantee that Reddick and Cespedes will be starting so that leaves one outfield spot and a DH for the remaining three. While Crisp might not have a lot of certainty going into the 2013 season, with Young’s struggles against right-handed pitching and Smith’s struggles against left-handed pitching, I think Crisp gets enough play to get close to...
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