Bonifacio = Speed + Instincts

It’s one thing to have blazing speed. It’s another to know how to apply it to running the bases.

What shouldn’t be lost in evaluating Emilio Bonifacio’s game is the fact he is an excellent base runner. He’s not just a baseball player with track star speed.

“I’ve been saying it all the time, he’s not just a speed guy that plays baseball,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “This guy is a baseball player who just happens to have speed. It’s a big difference.”

Just because you are fast doesn’t mean you can run the bases well, or make the cuts around each bag effectively.

“This guy’s got good instincts,” Gonzalez said. “He runs the bases. He knows how to cut [the bag]. He knows when to run. He knows when he can’t run. Right now, he’s an exciting player to watch.”

– Joe Frisaro

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