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Tool Time: Best base runner

Javis Diaz

Running the bags takes more than just speed. Baseball acumen and keeping oneself tuned into the nuances of the game can be just as big as pure speed. These San Diego Padres prospects are the best at the base running trade.

Will Venable A gifted athlete, Venable reads the pitcher better than any player in the Padres' system. As the leg breaks towards the plate, Venable is en route to a stolen base. Since entering the system, Venable has been a successful thief on 84.9 percent of his stolen base attempts (45-for-53). His baseball acumen in this department can't be touched; he also knows when to go for the extra...

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