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Jarrod Dyson gets a nice short-term spike in value with the injury to Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain. Dyson had been placed on the bereavement list heading into the weekend, but he is expected to rejoin the team today. So while he missed the Twins series to sit in awkward silence with his mee-maw and step-peppers, he’ll be deployed in the Royals outfield from today forward until Cain returns.

This means a great opportunity for SAGNOF. I mentioned Dyson in my 2013 wrap-up because he was really one of the most productive base-stealers in baseball last season. Dyson stole 34 bags in just 239 plate appearances. That’s roughly a steal every 7 plate appearances and was the best rate in baseball outside of billy Hamilton. Dyson is your best bet right now for free steals. I say free because I doubt he was drafted in most standard leagues and his ownership percentage at ESPN right now is a whopping 0.0%. He’ll draw the Indians and Orioles this week for seven games. The Orioles have been tough to run against, but the Indians are in the middle of the pack in terms of steals allowed.

Early Season Panic Attacks…

Both of these players had me doing double takes when I saw how much their ownership percentages had dropped.

Jonathan Villar – (@SEA, OAK) | -22%

Villar can be frustrating to own when you consider his low batting average, but if you thought you were getting a .300 hitter in Villar when you drafted him, that’s on you. He’s already tallied three homers and four steals on the year. The Astros were one of the more aggressive teams on the basepaths last year and 35-40 stolen bases is still in the cards for the young shortstop. Early season drops always baffle me, but especially when the rationale is something like a low batting average. I would grab Villar if he was dropped in your league.

Norichika Aoki – (@CLE, @BAL) | -24%

Here is another guy who plays for an aggressive base running team in the Royals. Aoki won’t net you as many steals as Villar (think 25ish), but he’ll contribute a much higher batting average as well as 8-10 homers. He hits atop a good Royals lineup and should really be owned in all leagues, even if it’s as a fourth or fifth outfielder. His 59% ownership really surprised me, but then I remembered this is fantasy baseball and people panic all the time in April.

This Week…

Eric Young – (STL, MIA)

10 steals already. That’s the most among outfielders and tied with Dee Gordon for the most in baseball. His ownership jumped 35%, but he’s still owned in just a little over half of ESPN leagues. Tehol would call that a #DISGRACE. Give me your password and I will pick him up for you. Only Jacoby Ellsbury stole more bags than EY2 last year.

Marcus Semien and Leury Garcia – (DET, TB)

It looks like Gordon Beckham is targeting a return to the White Sox for the weekend series against the Rays, but until he does both Semien and Garcia are interesting steals plays for the series against Detroit. The Tigers have allowed 18 stolen bases this year (2nd most in MLB). Both players have two steals on the season, although Garcia has done it with much less playing time. It will be interesting to see what happens to Semien once Beckham returns, but for this week I like these guys to net a steal or two against the Tigers.

 

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  1. Birdmann says:
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    Just hope Dyson doesn’t talk to Perez about how to deal with a loss in the family, that killed me last season.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ha, true

  2. sul says:
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    What side do you like?
    A. Harper and Lester
    B. Bruce and Greinke

    10 team, H2h league

    • Eric R. says:
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      @sul: B

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      B

  3. Funke says:
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    @Grey – Morneau or Ozuna … ROS and short term? Mesoraco’s is still listed as #23 for catchers ROS – has that changed at all? Is this the season? (his minor numbers show some potential for a breakout)

    • Funke says:
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      @Funke: Sorry – @Mike+ – i threw this at Grey out of habbit. Any insight

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        No worries. Personally, I’d prefer Morneau. I like Ozuna too, but his ball park isn’t as favorable and I think he’ll hit his rough patches as a youngster.

        I like Mesoraco a lot. 20-homer power could find his way into the Top 12 by the end of the season.

        • Funke says:
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          @Mike: thanks Mike – I see Grey has responded with Ozuna – what kind of help is that? I was hoping since you guys both like the stache – you should have been unanimous and i wouldn’t have to think for myself. I’m waiting for Rudy (aka Kenny Chesney) to change his avatar to Magnum P.I.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Ha! no worries man. I gave a couple reasons why I like Morneau better above, but I think he’s a few bucks more in value on the ROS player rater as well ( link below from Grey). Both great players though…can’t really go wrong with either :)

  4. spm7189 says:
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    The way people in my league are, it is difficult to stash a player for too long when they aren’t on the DL. Everybody is pretty active in adjusting their daily lineups so we tend to use our bench spots on active players. Villar has obviously been a bit… underwhelming in the category I (and just about everyone else that owns him) drafted him for. I do not have another SS on my team. My question is this – should I drop Kyle Seager for Alcides Escobar and have Escobar and Villar split time (while leaving Todd Frazier in as my one and only 3B) or do I hold steady and then make a move for Baez in a few weeks?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stay the course with Seager.

  5. Joe G says:
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    Would you trade David wright and Carlos Beltrán for Carlos González?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s a good one. CarGo is banged up, but I’d still do it. Top ten overall talent.

  6. The Thumb says:
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    What’s up with Kolten Wong? Slowly losing more and more playing time to Prospblock Mark Ellis. Gyorko’s slow start and Wong’s loss of playing time are forming black hole at second base for me. I just picked up DJ LeMahieu because he’s home of the next couple of days…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah, it’s frustrating to see him lose out on some at-bats. I still like him though, but DJ is a decent pickup for the short term until he figures it out. I feel you on Gyorko. When guys aren’t hitting a week or two can feel like an eternity.

  7. Big League Wood says:
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    Hey Mike – thoughts on Cameron Maybin ???

    I read he will be back later this week. Will he have PT or a platoon if healthy?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Good question. I think they may ease him in at first coming back from the injury, but he’ll be the everyday center fielder if he’s healthy. Sneaky pick up, but man the guy just can’t seem to stay on the field.

      • Big League Wood says:
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        @Mike:

        I think I’ll try Dyson for a week then move to Maybin when he starts to get regular ABs…

  8. Joe G says:
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    Mike would you trade wilin Rosario for pitcher zimmerman or would you trade wilin Rosario and tony cingrani for jean segura? Which trade you like?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer the second one.

  9. Green machine says:
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    Hey mike, love the posts!
    Would you drop Eric Hosmer by adding Ike davis?

    My main 1b is goldy so this would be for depth/ IF, or utility slot

    Have a great one

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha, yeah agree with Chicken

  10. Rufus T. Firefly says:
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    Worth dealing Marlon Byrd to get Dyson? Our league counts hitters K’s against them.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, probably not, just because Dyson isn’t long for playing time once Cain gets back

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