It’s not just his unreal knack for swiping bags that earns Billy Hamilton the title of best natural base stealer in MLB. It’s also the fact that the king of thieves almost never gets apprehended.

In the process of drawing up the rankings of the 10 purest base stealers in the game, let’s focus on two key factors:

  1. The total number of steals that the given player piled up
  2. How efficient he was in stealing those bags

The major emphasis was placed on 2015 numbers, but larger track records were also part of the equation—especially when trying to differentiate between similarly talented base robbers.

There was a flood of players under consideration for these rankings, but that didn’t stop a pair of Kansas City Royals outfielders from snatching spots in the top 10.

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