Speed Score is a Bill James creation that’s been proven a fairly reliable indicator of performance in various aspects of baseball related to a player’s speed. Here’s the BP definition, but it’s essentially a zero to ten scale based on five components: stolen base %, SB attempts as a % of opportunities, triples, GIDPs as a % of opportunities, and runs scored as a % of times on base.
These are the Braves’ speed scores for 2009:
The Braves are a slow team. Five is an average speed score, and the Braves top out at 4.5. Now, I know that Schafer is really faster than he looks from this chart, but he hasn’t run like a speedster. Carl Crawford is a 9.3 this year, if you’re wondering.