Field wrote:Does he really have 20+ SB type of speed? I'm somewhat skeptical, he seems to be more of a 10 SB or so player. In his rookie season and his last year in the minors he only managed to get 4 SBs total. I guess the stolen bases might be more of a product of him and the O's trying to make something happen - still, expecting 20+ isn't really wise. There are actually some comparisons to be made between him and Jason Bay a few years ago with regards to team situation and SBs; however, Markakis' career is much more advanced than Bay's was at the same age.
Well, he stole 18 in 2007 so 20+ is not so far out of the question. I also believe most of his SB came after Palazzo was fired. Also account for the poor lineup support and I can see him getting the green light. I'd expect around 15 and anything above is just gravy.
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