When a Hall of Famer and the best stolen base artist in Major League history speaks, we all listen, right? I know I am a believer of everything that comes from Ricky Henderson… No? Anyone?
I know, Rickey’s Rickey, and he continues to be himself as he works as a base running instructor for the Oakland Athletics. According to Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle (click here for the article) he “declared that Davis could steal 75-80 bases this season.” The Davis he is speaking of is Rajai Davis, who stole 41 bases in just 390 at bats last season.
Normally I would disregard statements such as this, but this one may have a little bit of merit. Do I actually think Davis could reach that level? It’s not likely, but thanks to some time under Henderson, it would certainly be believable that he reaches 50 or more this season.
Slusser says that “Henderson said, Davis’ balance could be better, because he’s been flat-footed. Henderson got him up on his toes, and that will help. Davis said his work with Henderson will help him get a more explosive start off the bag.”
Ricky is going to say some outrageous things, and this is out there. Still, there is something to be taken from it for fantasy owners. I wouldn’t necessarily grab him at his current ADP (about 167), if he slides a little bit he’s certainly worth taking.
What about you? Do you put any stock into Henderson’s claims? What do you expect from Davis in 2010?