After stealing another base last night, Jorge Polanco has 7 SB (in 8 attempts for a .875 success rate) in 25 games for New Britain, which puts him on pace for about 50 steals over 162 games. This is despite limited chances as a result of his .288 OBP. For a guy who was 4-8 stealing bases in 115 games for Cedar Rapids last year and who went just 10-18 for Fort Myers earlier in the season this is rather shocking.
Does anyone have any idea what's going on with this and if we can expect Polanco to be a legitimate base stealing threat going forward? Base stealing could really round out his game so I'm hoping that this isn't a fluke.
Also, bit of a tangent, but I think it's worth pointing out Niko Goodrum's base stealing success this season: his 34 SB lead the Florida State League and only one player with over 25 steals has been caught fewer times than Goodrum's 3 (that would be Dalton Pompey, who has been caught 5 times in 13 attempts in AA). After stealing 14 bases in 117 games across two seasons in Elizabethton (78%), Goodrum went 20-24 in 102 games last season (83%) and sits at 34-37 in 112 games (92%) this year.