Entering his sixth season, Joey Gathright is still refining the way he employs his raw speed on the field.

"It took me a while to really understand what I can do on a baseball field," Gathright told MLBPLAYERS.com in a recent Players Talk show. "Last year I finally realized all that stuff and tried to put it into the game, and this year I'm doing the same thing."

"It means a lot because if you know what type of player you are and it's something that teams worry about all the time, you can be a dominant player or somebody who can cause a lot of problems."

Gathright has been working with Royals first base coach Rusty Kuntz this offseason to improve his base stealing.

Returning from a season in which he raised his batting average from .262 to .307 and his on-base percentage from .332 to .371 as a part-timer, Gathright is hoping for even more opportunites to use that speed, too.