No, you Bonds apologists, I don't mean the greenies Barry tested positive for two years ago (or the stuff that Willie Mays was using in the 60's). I mean, the element of the game. And I'm curious to feel out how the rest of the board feels about it. The conversation was had a bit in the NL MVP thread, but I feel like we could flesh it out more.
I believe speed is the most underrated part of the game of baseball by the analytical community. How do you guys all feel about speed, and how much do you take into account when evaluating prospects or major leaguers. A pair of recent articles prominently mention speed. One by Jayson Stark of ESPN, where you will find interesting statistics towards the bottom of the page (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=stark_jayson&id=3099910)
and another by Dan Fox, of BP. http://baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=6931
I don't feel like there has yet been a proper method discovered to evaluate fully the contribution of speed to a player's value, and a result, I think scouting is very necessary in this area. Outfielders need it, baserunners want it, and pitchers and catchers hate it. What do you all think of speed?