How any more FAAB periods do we have to go? Is it the All-Star Break yet? There’s plenty of baseball left, as the Masters just concluded in a Tiger Woods win. Speed is as scarce as ever. There are very few dependable sources for steals. Smart owners are constantly on the lookout for a good opportunity to gamble on a guy in a plus situation to swipe a bag. You need a runner able to pull the trigger when they actually manage to get on just like Tiger in the hunt for a win, or an opp at a Perkins.

  • The White Sox have yet to throw a runner out, giving up eleven steals. The host the Royals for three games and visit Detroit for four. Expect some Kansas City cooking. I’m even interested in a Josh Harrison or Jacoby Jones spec add.
  • Tim Anderson had himself a week, racking up four steals. Three of them against the Rays. His stats tend to come in bunches so lean into the hot streak.
  • Two Mariners sit perched atop the steals leaderboard in Dee Gordon and Mallex Smith. That’s going to be a be race if both can stay healthy.
  • Aside from the White Sox catchers, Yasmani Grandal has had a tough go lately. The Dodgers have five total games against them.
  • If you’re fishing for a save the Phillies and Mariners have seven games apiece this week. Neither backend is that predictable so take your shot on guys like Roenis Elias or Hector Neris types.

Here are the catchers being run on the most so far this season.

Name Team SB CS CS% Inn SB/Inn
Jonathan Lucroy LAA 8 2 20.0% 105 0.08
Josh Phegley OAK 8 3 27.3% 90.2 0.09
Tucker Barnhart CIN 8 2 20.0% 85.2 0.09
Yasmani Grandal MIL 8 1 11.1% 106 0.08
Wilson Ramos NYM 7 1 12.5% 91.1 0.08
Robinson Chirinos HOU 7 2 22.2% 89 0.08
Omar Narvaez SEA 7 2 22.2% 112 0.06
Welington Castillo CHW 6 0 0.0% 60 0.10
Christian Vazquez BOS 6 1 14.3% 82.2 0.07
Gary Sanchez NYY 6 0 0.0% 71 0.08


  1. Radio says:

    it would be more helpful if you’d actually list players you expect to get steals, not just the pitcher/catcher combos you’d like to exploit. just a thought. thanks!

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:

      The tough part there is everyone is in varying league depths, so I try to give you some tools for hunting in your own pool. If you have a specific add in mind and want to run it by me fire away.

    • Roger Anderson says:

      Roto-wan does a great job of highlighting situations where players may exceed expectation. If you need more concrete numbers, Hittertron is a pretty good resource if you want specific names with steals potential per game. Always worth the $ for me. (Same for Streamonator)

      • Roto-Wan

        Roto-Wan says:

        Thanks. I do appreciate the comment and I’ll try to give a couple more names next post.

    • 183414 says:

      Do you want him to set your line up also ?

  2. So you said Yasmani Grandal has had a tough go lately 2X, but I checked my ESPN team and it says Grandal has been locked in at the plate recently, going 10-for-20 with a trio of homers, six RBI and a 4:2 BB:K in his last six contests (all starts). What gives? Should I try to trade him for Gary Sanchez while he is on DL? Would you rather have Sanchez, Molina or Willians Astudillo? Grandal had a big game at LAD on April 12, going 3 for 4 with a homer. What do you think Roto-Wan?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:

      Sorry, I meant Grandal is struggling to throw out runners and you can target his starts with opposing base stealers. I’m a Sanchez fan myself.

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