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The Saber's Edge: Red Light, Green Light

Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff Zimmerman

Jeff Zimmerman writes about all things Baseball for RotoWire. He also handles scouting and reporting for PrepBaseballReport.com. Jeff also contributes to RoyalsReview.com, FanGraphs.com and BaseballHeatMaps.com.

Today, I am going to look at the changing stolen-base environment. Stolen bases are one of the hardest stats to accurately predict. Several factors are at work, such as leg speed, getting on base, and having a manager willing to give the player a green light. Here is a look at some early season factors that can change a player's stolen-base potential.

NL #8 Hitters

National League batters who hit eighth basically get a fantasy death sentence because the pitcher hits after them. A while back, I looked at the effects on hitters moving out of the #8 position and came to the following conclusion:

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