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Detroit Tigers: Breaking Down Center Field Competition

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Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) runs the bases against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) runs the bases against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (40) runs the bases against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

Base Running

Once again, stats don’t tell the whole story.

Anthony Gose may be the fastest player on the Detroit Tigers roster, but turned in just a -0.6 BsR and a -0.4 UBR last season.

He stole 23 bases for Detroit in 2015, and swiped over 70 stolen bases in a season in the minors twice, so the ability is there.

Gose’ base running also makes him a threat as a potential pinch runner late in games.

Similar to Gose, Jones’ speed will help him make an impact on the base paths.

In only 13 games with the Tigers last season, the top prospect finished seventh on the team in BsR with a 0.7 number.

He also ranked sixth on the squad in UBR with a 0.6 stat.

Given a more consistent playing time over the course of a season, Jones could improve on those numbers significantly.

With just four Major League stolen bases and only 33 in 257 career games at the Triple-A level, Mahtook may not make the same kind of impact as Gose and Jones on the base paths.

Next: Finding a Role for Mike Pelfrey

However, he’s shown promise in the past with a 1.0 BsR and a 0.7 UBR with the Rays in 2015.

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