Last year, then-Washington outfield prospect Billy Burns produced the most stolen-base runs among every minor-league player in the whole minor leagues — about 12 of them, it would appear, using the major-league linear-weight values for stolen bases and caught stealings*.
Now employed by the Oakland franchise — and, indeed, having been promoted to that organization’s parent club just yesterday — the 24-year-old Burns once again appears atop (or very nearly atop) the minor-league leaderboard for stolen-base runs.
Regard, the top-10 basestealers by that measure, through yesterday:
|1||Rafael Bautista||Nationals (A)||21||394||57||8||8.3|
|2||Billy Burns||Athletics (AA)||24||421||51||5||8.3|
|3||Mallex Smith||Padres (A/A+)||21||434||71||22||5.8|
|4||Jose Peraza||Braves (A+/AA)||20||451||55||14||5.6|
|5||Jacob Hannemann||Cubs (A/A+)||23||405||35||4||5.5|
|6||Delino DeShields||Astros (AA)||21||375||43||9||5.1|
|7||Gilberto Mejia||Mexican (AAA)||31||436||41||8||5.1|
|8||Terrance Gore||Royals (A+)||23||264||32||4||4.9|
|9||John Andreoli||Cubs (AA)||24||252||28||2||4.8|
|10||Jacob May||White Sox (A+)||22||438||37||7||4.7|
As for Burns himself, Oakland manager Bob Melvin has stated that he’ll likely start in center field against lefties — this, according to MLB.com Jane Lee.
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