“I'm not going to hit 30 home runs in a year. That's for the guys behind me. I realized the name of my game was to get on base, steal and score runs. That just translated once I got to the pros.”
Arizona Diamondbacks manager “Torey” Lovullo says that awareness has really helped the Diamondbacks. “He knows what the at-bat is asking for. Part of his game is all about on-base percentage. I don’t care how it happens. He’s a catalyst, and he does a good job.”
Once on base, he immediately shifts from batter to runner and starts thinking about stealing the next base.
Getting hit by a pitch and stealing a base. That's a poor man's double,” said Locastro, who is freaky fast, possibly the fastest in MLB.
Even when you can run from second to home in seven seconds, stealing a base is a science that requires concentration, cunning and a knowledge of the pitcher and catcher. When the game and score call for it, you have to make up your mind and totally commit, Locastro says.
“If you're thinking negatively, like, 'Hmm. Maybe. Should I go?,' you're going to hesitate.”
The numbers prove his point. Consider stealing second base. Most MLB pitchers take 1 to 1.5 seconds to get the ball to the catcher, who gets the ball to second base in an average “pop time” of 2 seconds. A good base stealer gets to second in the exact same 3 to 3.5 seconds. They’re rough averages, but they put the ball and the runner on a collision course. Every millisecond counts, and he who doubts, hesitates.
“That’s the worst thing you can do as a base-stealer. You've got to use your athletic ability and trust yourself.” Locastro said. “Before taking off, I’ve really never had any doubts."