Last night Matthew Pouliot noted just how unlikely it was for Jayson Werth to steal four bases in a game and he's absolutely right: Werth had 47 career steals in 488 games and he'd never swiped more than two bags in a game before.
However, while Werth was never much for quantity on the bases prior to last night the 6-foot-5 former catcher has quietly been one of the most efficient low-volume base-stealers in baseball history.
Werth has been thrown out just six times in 57 career steal attempts and has never been gunned down more than twice in a season. Among players who've been caught stealing no more than a half-dozen times during their careers, here are the leaders in stolen bases since 1950:
SB CS SB% Nate McLouth 60 5 92.3 JAYSON WERTH 51 6 89.5 Jimmy Sexton 36 6 85.7 Dustin Pedroia 31 6 83.8 Joe Mauer 30 6 83.3
Amusingly, three players (Richie Scheinblum, Bob Schmidt, Hank Edwards) went 0-for-6 swiping bases during that time and current Rockies manager Clint Hurdle was 1-for-7 during his 10-year playing career (it's been a tough morning for Clint here at Circling the Bases).
Obviously being successful on 90 percent of your steal attempts is extremely impressive, but much like a basketball player who sinks every shot he takes it does make me wonder why Werth isn't being asked to run more often. He's 27-for-29 (93.1 percent) dating back to last season.