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It’s always nice when you come off of the DL to find yourself in a series at Coors, but Cameron Maybin really came out of the chute with a bang. With 4 steals in 3 games through Saturday, he jumped right back on the radar as a rosterable outfielder in mixed leagues with his performance. Of course, here at Razzball he was already on your radar from Grey’s BUY on Friday and my post from two weeks ago in which I said “15-20 SB ROS isn’t out of the realm of possibility, and I’m stashing him with cautious optimism”…and that’s me quot- well, you know the rest. Over the past three seasons (2011-2013), Maybin is 13th on the MLB leaderboard in stolen bases with 69. He has been caught only 16 times and his 7.6 Spd rating, a metric developed by Bill James to measure a player’s base running, is 7th overall in that span. Even in a pretty disappointing 2012 campaign, he managed 26 steals.  The next few weeks will be a test for both Maybin’s hitting as well as his base running. Three of the Padres’ next four opponents (D’Backs, Dodgers, and Braves) are in the top ten in MLB for fewest steals allowed. I’ve always liked Maybin, and wrote about him as a potential bounce-back for 2013 in my very first article for Razzball. For right now, though, my recommendation would be to pick him up if you are in need of an outfielder, without expecting much help outside of the SB category. His speed is comparable to fellow SAGNOFs Ben Revere or Juan Pierre but he’s got the most upside of the bunch.

2013 MLB SB Allowed (as of 6/8/13)
Red Light (CS%, rank) Green Light
Orioles (47%, T- 1st) Angels
Yankees Rays
Cardinals Tigers
Twins Cubs
Mets Red Sox
D’Backs* Pirates
Reds Phillies
Dodgers (47%, T- 1st) Mariners
Braves Giants
Rangers Padres

Notes: The Marlins have caught 23 of 54 baserunners, good for a 43% CS% (2nd in MLB)

Not only have the Angels allowed the most SB so far this year, their CS% of 15% is ranked 27th

*The D’Backs have only allowed 20 SB all year, but their CS% is the worst in MLB at 13%.

All players listed are available in at least 50% of ESPN leagues.

DJ LeMahieu - DJ swiped a bag last week, although he didn’t do much else, hitting a meager .240. If you’re in a deep league, he’s got two favorable matchups this coming week at home against the Nationals and Phillies.

Leonys Martin – Martin was a bust last week, with 1 hit and no steals through Saturday. Hits and steals can come in bunches however, so I’m not ready to give up on him. He’ll draw the Indians and Blue Jays this week. The Blue Jays have only allowed 31 SBs on the year, but they also have the 4th worst CS% in baseball at 18%. Martin will have to get on base for any of that to matter, though.

Juan Pierre - Pierre started to hit a little bit again last week and swiped 2 bags, both of which came against his former team the Phils (he actually had 3 attempts in that game but was caught once).  As long as he’s un-owned in the majority of leagues, you’re going to see him on my list for SAGNOF. He now has 16 on the season and should eclipse the 30 steal mark yet again. Slow clap for the folks who didn’t drop him during his most recent cold spell, but I wouldn’t rush to pick him up unless you’re desperate. He’ll face the Brewers and Cardinals this week.

Pedro Florimon - Like LeMahieu, Florimon is more of a deep league middle infield type, but he’s got some speed, and he’s also got two good match-ups against the Phillies and Tigers coming up

Rajai Davis – Davis returned from the DL this week and, like Maybin, wasted no time getting back into the steals mix. He went 2-5 with a steal on Saturday and should slide back into a platoon situation for the Blue Jays. He’s not reliable for playing time, but even with 3 – 4 starts a week, he could steal as many bags of as any of the other guys listed here. He’ll face the White Sox and Rangers.

From Around The Web

  1. J-Dub says:
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    Pineda or Westbrook? I only have room to pick up one, what do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @J-Dub: Westbrook will be back sooner, I think by the end of this week, but Pineda’s got the stuff. I’d go Pineda if you can afford to wait a couple weeks.

  2. Sheriff McRawDawg says:
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    Missed opportunity… ‘Call me May-bin!’

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Sheriff McRawDawg: HA! it crossed my mind…didn’t want to subject myself to the “that’s so Summer 2012″ comments

  3. MattH says:
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    Jayson Nix had 3 steals last week, and gets the Angels end of this week. I’m not sure what his playing status is. Any thoughts on him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @MattH: Thanks, MattH…Nix is hitting right now and started 4 of the last 5 games, plus that’s a great matchup against the Angels, so short term he’s a good play this week. Just FYI, he is hitting .300 (.400 OBP) against lefties and only .225 (.270 OBP) against righties, and the Yanks are scheduled to draw righties in 5 of their 6 upcoming games.

  4. MattH says:
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    Thanks, Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @MattH: No problem!

  5. Do You Even Lift Brah? says:
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    Drop Aoki for Maybin?

    Was Aoki a fluke last year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Do You Even Lift Brah?: Nice handle! That’s possible, although all of Aoki’s number’s are in line with last year except for the steals and he’s actually striking out less. Looks like Aoki won’t touch 30 SB, but for Maybin 25 SB ROS is a real possibility if he’s indeed healthy. I think they are pretty comparable players, with a big edge in steals for Maybin and the edge in average going to Aoki.

      • Yes, I do lift says:
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        @Mike:
        Thanks man, I appreciate it!

  6. FMFBL says:
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    limited number of transactions but i do need saves. think Maybin or Davis are worth the add if dropping an OF like Ozuna or Victorino?? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @FMFBL: I wouldn’t drop Ozuna for Davis, Maybin though if you need the speed.

      • FMFBL says:
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        @Mike: just realized i said saves and meant SBs. too many TPS reports to start the week. thanks for the advice!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          @FMFBL: ha! no problem

  7. JoeG says:
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    With Reyes still 2-3 weeks away and Iglesias going to the bench; I need to pickup a middle infielder:Valdespin(needs 7 more games at 2b), Bonifacio or S.Drew.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @JoeG: I’d go with Drew, unless you’re really desperate for steals, in which case Boni would get the edge…

  8. Phil says:
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    This week would you start Werth or Maybin?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Phil: I’d go with Werth…

  9. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I have Mr. Empty Batting Average Marco Scutaro on my team manning SS while my starting SS is on the bench sucking. Would you drop Marco for Florimon if you needed steals?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: eh, I guess it depends on how badly you needed them , Florimon might net you a steal or two, but it’s a pretty far drop in batting average betwen the two over the last two weeks. Scutaro is hitting pretty well right now..I think I’d hold

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike. Yeah it’s hard to ignore the average, even if that’s all he’s really getting me at the moment. He did hit a homer this weekend though. Maybe he’s using Melky’s old locker from last year now??? Might’ve found some special juice hidden in the corner.

  10. Clint says:
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    What’s your take on Peter Bourjos of the Angels? He’s available and I haven’t heard anyone mention him as a possible steals target but he’s back at center field, the Halos usually run, and I’m presuming he’ll be the top of the order guy, won’t he? I need some speed besides Lorenzo Cain’s meager talents & the only guy available right now’s Revere who could destroy my rising average in roto if I grab him.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Clint: I think he’s definitely worth a flier and he’s got the potential, but at this point I’m not sold that he’s going to provide much more than 10-12 SB ROS, after swiping only 3 in 100 games last year. Just my two cents though.

  11. Jake says:
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    Hey mike,

    Since Giancarlo Stanton has been activated from the DL & just found out he will start tonight & bat third; would you start him & bench Nate mccloutb or leave mcclouth in there & wait a week before starting Stanton?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Jake: That’s kind of a tough one cause McLouth has been productive at least with his speed, and Stanton had such a short rehab stint like Hanley, who’s hurt again…my two cents would be to get Stanton in there, but hold onto McLouth on your bench for a week or two in case it’s Hanley part two

  12. Big Mac attack says:
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    Mike, great post here. I’m an Ike Davis owner- would you officially throw in the white flag & drop him now that he was sent down to the minors. If I did do that I’d be looking into either Julio Teheran , bartolo colon, Adam Lind, Kyle Blanks Jose Iglasias or zack wheeler.

    Here’s the rest of my team:
    Carlos Santana, Paul goldschmidt, Ben zobrist, David wright, Ian Desmond , mike Napoli , Jason Hayward, Dominic brown, Alex rios, puig, David Ortiz, Adam Dunn.
    Bench – Matt kemp , Davis

    Pitchers- cole hamels, Jordan Zimmerman , Matt Harvey , RP: Craig Kimbrel & wacha.
    Bench – David price & grenike .

    Thanks- also, even though Harvey is fine would you start someone has two starts over him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Big Mac attack: Thanks Big Mac, yup, I’d drop Ike, he’s pretty lost. as far as the pickups, I like Teheran the best of the pitchers, and Lind is a good pickup right now in most formats as a bat. And yes…Harvey trumps a two start streamer…nice team by the way…

  13. Jim says:
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    In my super-deep keeper league (20 teams, 28-man rosters), I’ve been offered Jason Grilli for Kolten Wong and Jonathan Singleton. I’m already stacked at 1B (Freeman, Goldschmidt, Morrison, Youkilis). Should I accept?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Jim: Unless you’re competing for a title right now and the saves will put you over the edge, I’d hold onto those two prospects. IMO, In that format, there might be certain things I’d mortgage two prospects for, but saves isn’t one of them unless it’s a slam dunk that it’ll give me a ring this year. Even with the depth at 1B, Singleton is a really nice prospect and you can always worry about making room for him later.

  14. Chris says:
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    Mike,

    ROS: Quentin or Blanks?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Chris: I’d go with Quentin

  15. Bryan says:
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    Maybin or Aoki ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Bryan:Maybin for steals…Aoki for everything else…

  16. catcher- Rosario or Salvador Perez?

  17. MB says:
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    Missed out on Maybin. How much will I miss him if I have to settle for Revere?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @MB: I wouldn’t sweat it. Maybin’s a nice pickup right now, but one series at Coors doesn’t make him Rickey Henderson. I’m originally from Philly, and still follow the Phils. I loved the Revere pickup fro them. Cholly Manuel will keep Revere in center and at the top of the lineup more nights than not, and I think Revere will finish the year with 30- 40 steals again.

  18. Fried Fish Fan says:
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    it appears as though gyorko is heading to the DL and i need a 2B to provide me some stats this week… who is the better pickup: Uggla, Weeks, Franklin, Lowrie or Walker?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Fried Fish Fan: hi Fried Fish…according to hitter-tron for the next week, they’d be ranked Walker, Lowrie, Uggla, Franklin, Weeks

  19. RudyCorrales says:
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    Hey dudes, thanks for everything.
    2 questions!

    ROS Catcher
    -McCann
    – Montero
    – Perez
    – Jarrod Salty
    – Doumit
    -Lecroy

    I need your top 3.

    Also, which 3 starts are the best:
    -Colon vs NYY
    – Garza vs Cincy
    – jacob Turner vs Mil
    – Hudson vs SD (against Cashner)
    – Cingrani at Cubs

  20. Matt says:
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    In a non-standard rotisserie with HR-RBI-SB- BB-K-AVG, Maybin or McClouth? Should be close on steals. I’m liking Maybin for the hint of power potential, but scared of the BB/K double hit relative to McClouth.

  21. Mike

    Mike says:
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    nevermind….

    Cameron Maybin will be sidelined at least six weeks with damage to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
    Source: Padres.mlb.com Jun 11 – 11:06 PM

  22. Who wins? Redraft

    10 team redraft

    Team A gets: Kershaw, Puig, Crisp, Victorino
    Team B gets: Hammel, j upton, carlos gomez, david wright

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      @Jameson: Thanks Jameson…I like the Team B side personally…

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