Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – Speed Demons

by Ryan Lester of Lester’s Legends

Just because you’ve slipped behind in the Stolen Base category doesn’t mean you can’t catch up.  Here are some reasonably available SB threats.

Michael Bourn, OF, Houston Astros – Bourn continues to provide SBs.  He had three more last week, though he struggled hitting the ball.  He was 5 for 23 (.217) with 4 Runs and an RBI.  On the year he’s hitting .290 with 22 SBs, 37 Runs, 1 HR, and 14 RBIs.  He’s owned in 52% of Yahoo!, 61.2% of ESPN, and 63% of CBS leagues.

Nyjer Morgan, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates – Morgan had a successful week stealing three bases with a .300 (6 for 20) average with 4 Runs and an RBI.  On the year he’s hitting .265 with 15 SBs, 34 Runs, and 22 RBIs.  He’s owned in 27% of Yahoo!, 38.6% of ESPN, and 41% of CBS leagues.

Willie Bloomquist, SS/OF, Kansas City Royals – Fast Willie pops up on the list again with 3 SBs.  He was on a tear at the plate as well, hitting .375 (9 for 24) with 4 Runs and 4 RBIs.  On the year he’s hitting .291 with 11 SBs, 21 Runs, 1 HR, and 13 RBIs.   He’s owned in 3% of Yahoo!, 1.7% of ESPN, and 9% of CBS leagues.

Adrian Beltre, 3B, Seattle Mariners – Beltre swiped a couple bases last week while raking at the plate with a .440 (11 for 25) average with 4 Runs and 4 RBIs.  On the year he’s hitting .265 with 8 SBs, 30 Runs, 4 HRs, and 29 RBIs.  He’s owned in 55% of Yahoo!, 85% of ESPN, and 74% of CBS leagues.

Gabe Gross, OF, Tampa Bay Rays – The Rays are getting healthy so Gabe could find his playing time well dry up, but he was great last week with 2 SBs, a .350 (7 for 20) average, 4 Runs, 1 HR, and 6 RBIs.  On the year he’s hitting .272 with 5 SBs, 20 Runs, 4 HRs, and 22 RBIs.  He’s owned in 1% of Yahoo!, 0.6% of ESPN, and 3% of CBS leagues.

Chris Young, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks – Chris Young had 2 SBs last week while hitting .286 (6 for 21) with 3 Runs, 2 HRs, and 3 RBIs.  On the season he’s hitting .189 with 10 SBs, 23 Runs, 6 HRs, and 17 RBIs.  He’s owned in 36% of Yahoo!, 64.6% of ESPN, and 51% of CBS leagues.

Matt Diaz, OF, Atlanta Braves – Diaz picked up 2 SBs while hitting .250 (3 for 12) with 3 Runs and an RBI.  On the year he’s hitting .274 with 3 SBs, 17 Runs, 2 HRs, and 16 RBIs.  He’s owned in 1% of Yahoo!, 1.5% of ESPN, and 1% of CBS leagues.

Carlos Gonzalez, OF, Colorado Rockies – Gonzalez picked up 2 SBs, but struggled at the plate.  He was 3 for 14 (.214) with 2 Runs and an RBI.  On the year (8 games) he’s hitting .185 with 2 SBs, 3 Runs, and 1 RBI.  He’s owned in 2% of Yahoo!, 1.3% of ESPN, and 18% of CBS leagues.

Kurt Suzuki, C, Oakland A’s
– He was terrible at the plate hitting .154 (2 for 13) with 2 Runs, a HR, and 3 RBIs, but his 2 SBs from the Catcher position is attractive.  He was running against Twins backup Catcher Mike Redmond so don’t look to him as a savior.  He’s having a decent year though hitting .271 with 3 SBs, 26 Runs, 3 HRs, and 22 RBIs.  He’s owned in 35% of Yahoo!, 19.8% of ESPN, and 71% of CBS leagues.

Chris Getz, 2B, Chicago White Sox –  Getz rounds out the two Stolen Base list.  He hit .313 (5 for 16) with a Run and an RBI.  On the year he’s hitting .249 with 8 SBs, 22 Runs, and 11 RBIs  He’s owned in 1% of Yahoo!, 2.2% of ESPN, and 11% of CBS leagues.

Any thoughts on these players?  Who would be your first choice?

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One comment

  1. Chad says:

    Bourn and Beltre are not likely to be available in many FA pools and Morgan is probably available only in shallow leagues considering his decent average, good run totals, and 15 SB’s.

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