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Diamond Tools: Fastest Runners

Diamond Tools: Fastest Runners

"You can't teach speed." One of the oldest baseball platitudes describes how while most baseball skills can be learned, you are either fast or you're not. Here, we rank the Arizona Diamondbacks' fastest prospects. Some of these players still need to learn how to harness their speed into an effective tool, but each of them could evade Wile E. Coyote with their raw wheels.

Raw speed can be refined to aid in many facets of the game of baseball.  Most notably, fast players can steal lots of bases, take extra bases on outs and singles, and distract the pitcher from his primary duties.  Speed can also play an important role in defense, particularly for outfielders' range.  Being fast can also greatly improve a player's batting average.  Bunting for a base hit...

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