{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Marlins see significant drop in speed this season

Marlins see significant drop in speed this season

|
Marlins see significant drop in speed this season

MIAMI -- In a flash, speedster Billy Hamilton is making an impact on the bases for the Reds.

A September callup in Cincinnati, Hamilton has already been used as a pinch-runner to swipe a base. He did so twice in two appearances against the Cardinals, demonstrating that speed can be a major weapon.

When the Marlins won the World Series in 2003, they had speedsters in Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo causing havoc at the top of their order.

This year, speed hasn't been much of a weapon for Miami.

"Speed, obviously, is great," manager Mike Redmond said. "You can do a lot with guys who can run. We don't have that type of speed."

The Marlins have 68 total stolen bases, tied for 18th most in the Majors.

"We haven't been able to get guys on consistently enough to use our speed," Redmond said.

With 22 stolen bases, Pierre is Miami's leader. But the veteran has become primarily a bench player since July.

Justin Ruggiano (13) and Adeiny Hechavarria (11) are the only other Marlins in double-digits.

"You always want to have guys who can run, steal bases and change games with their feet," Redmond said. "Those guys are always nice. At the same time, too, those guys don't grow on trees.

"Everybody is kind of looking for the same guy, that bench player who can fly, steal bases and play outfield, infield, and do everything."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español