Now that we are a few weeks into the season, the stolen base landscape is beginning to take shape. The current leader in the clubhouse is Jorge Mateo with seven stolen bases thus far. At this point in the season, it is important to begin evaluating our rosters and gauging team needs. It is important for us to move quickly with respect to stolen bases. Most elite stolen base threats are extremely flawed hitters. Guys like Jorge Mateo are likely to be batting average drags, and others provide little to nothing in terms of power. The longer we wait to correct stolen base deficiencies the more we are forced to add these category deficient players and thus hurting our team as a whole. Adding players who may not add elite speed but are average across other categories early is a great way to help bring yourself back from an early deficit.

Here are a few notes on players who may be adding speed while not dragging you down elsewhere:

  • Sheldon Neuse has three bags in 58 PAs so far, he is carrying a high average that’s driven by BABIP but he should continue to play every day, and if he does he could potentially post double-digit homers and steals. He is a good add for fantasy despite the A’s offense
  • Joey Wendle is playing regularly for the Marlins and has multi-positional eligibility. His three stolen bases place him among the league leaders thus far. He could recreate his 2018 season where he posted 16 SBs with a near .300 average.
  • Nico Hoerner may still be available in a few leagues. He is likely more a sum of all parts type of player but he should be able to hit for a near .300 average while adding 10-15 steals. The power will always be a question mark for him as he is unlikely to reach 10.
  • Thairo Estrada has been a star thus far for the Giants. When everyone gets healthy he may have some playing time concerns but ride the hot streak while you can. There is enough power here to reach the 15-20 range if he gets everyday at-bats and the average should be solid enough to not be a drag.

Looking to the week ahead let’s take a look at the catchers who have been run on the most thus far in 2022.

Name Team SB CS CS% Inn SB/Inn
Travis d’Arnaud ATL 11 0 0.0% 105 0.10
Jacob Stallings MIA 11 3 21.4% 112.1 0.10
Tucker Barnhart DET 9 2 18.2% 90 0.10
Austin Hedges CLE 9 3 25.0% 111.2 0.08
Joey Bart SFG 7 1 12.5% 100.1 0.07
Roberto Perez PIT 6 3 33.3% 107 0.06
Willson Contreras CHC 6 2 25.0% 104 0.06
Keibert Ruiz WSN 6 4 40.0% 123 0.05
Christian Vazquez BOS 5 4 44.4% 106.1 0.05
J.T. Realmuto PHI 5 3 37.5% 138 0.04
Will Smith LAD 5 1 16.7% 106.2 0.05
Martin Maldonado HOU 4 3 42.9% 108 0.04
Salvador Perez KCR 4 0 0.0% 97 0.04
Kyle Higashioka NYY 3 1 25.0% 101 0.03
Sean Murphy OAK 1 3 75.0% 112.2 0.01
Elias Diaz COL 0 0 108 0.00

While we are still at the mercy of who these teams have faced, we can still attack some of the same catchers that it appears teams have been targeting.

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Huffin Gas
Huffin Gas
2 months ago

Edman looking sexy back atop of the Cards’ lineup!