The signing of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo by the Boston Red Sox has everybody excited. Like other Cuban players, scouts were limited in the amount of looks they were able to get and so the information we have on him is somewhat limited as well. The one tool that is not in question is his speed. A 30+ steal season from Castillo is a possibility as soon as 2015. The power is still up in the air. Some have tagged him more as an 8-12 homer type guy while others have said 15 or maybe even 20 homers could be in the cards. With any player, we get lots of comps thrown around. Two of the comps I’ve heard the most are Shane Victorino and Rajai Davis. Honestly, the Davis comp makes the most sense to me. The money the Red Sox invested in Castillo shows how owners are more willing to take a chance on these guys after seeing the success of players like Cespedes, Puig, and Abreu in the majors.
In keeper leagues Castillo needs to be added now. In redrafts, he’ll be less valuable as he’ll likely get a limited look in September. Castillo still needs to get his feet wet for a few games in the minors as he hasn’t seen game action in a while. The Red Sox have a crowded outfield that includes Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. Betts is an exciting offensive piece himself and Bradley still provides the best defense in centerfield. It will be interesting to see how the Boston outfield shakes out heading into 2015. Getting back to this season, here are some steals options for this week in 2014 fantasy baseball…
Jarrod Dyson – NYY, MIN, CLE
Dyson continues to see some time batting leadoff for the red hot Royals. He is tied for seventh in the majors with 28 stolen bases and he’ll match up against the Twins this week. Minnesota has allowed 80 stolen bases this year which ranks eleventh in the majors. The Prince of SAGNOF continues to be a better option in daily move leagues since he is not always in the lineup.
Jordan Schafer – @KC, @BAL
It’s hard to ignore what the Minnesota offense has done lately. They have pop in Mauer, Vargas, and Arcia. They also have two sparkplugs bookending their lineup in Danny Santana and Jordan Schafer. Schafer now has 23 steals on the season including one on Friday and Saturday against Detroit. He’ll face a tougher match up this week against the Royals, but he still makes a good option for some cheap speed off the wire.
Craig Gentry – @HOU, @LAA
Gentry came back rom the disabled list and promptly stole a base on Saturday. He’s been a great SAGNOF type all year, and should be helpful down the stretch for players in deep leagues in need of some cheap speed. Like Dyson, keep an eye on the lineup card as he won’t play everyday. Gentry has the best matchups of the group this week. The Astros (84) and Angels (83) are both in the top ten for stolen bases allowed.