Everything is pointing to more stolen bases this year for Austin Jackson.

Then again, something needs to - because the Tigers' speedy outfielder stole only 12 bases in his third major-league season last year, the fewest of his career and less than half the 27 bases he stole as a rookie in 2010.

But two developments should help to reverse that downward trend.

The Tigers have hired a new base-running consultant in Jeff Cox, the former third base coach of the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Florida Marlins.

"He's the best I've ever been around," manager Jim Leyland said.

And on Friday, during a stop at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices near the Ambassador Bridge, Jackson said that hitting in front of Torii Hunter in the lineup also should help.

"I saw what it did for Mike Trout (of the Los Angeles Angels) last year to hit in front of Torii," Jackson said. "I'm looking forward to that."

Trout stole 49 bases as a rookie leadoff hitter for the Angels last year — a season in which more than half of Hunter's at-bats came at the second spot.

But the addition of Cox will also help.

"We obviously would like to see guys steal more bases," Leyland said.