If you’re unfamiliar with the New Orleans tradition of King Cake I’ll fill you in. It’s made in January to commemorate the arrival of the Three Wisemen, sports the official colors of Mardi Gras, and often has a plastic baby on it. It doesn’t always seem like the most appetizing dessert. Looks can be deceiving, though! It’s actually quite good. Just like second-year super utility stud Scott Kingery

  • Kingery will serve as a season-long reminder that prospects take time at the major league level. Most wrote him off after a poor showing in his 2018 rookie year. Turns out the talent we expected was there still. He’s a five-category contributor with 10/5 in only 52 games.
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. is the truth. He gave you 3 home runs and 3 steals apiece last week. If there’s any chance of buying low on him in your league do it. His glove is also sick. Not that it matters much for our game.
  • If he’s still on your wire, consider Chris Taylor. Corey Seager sounds like he might still be out a bit. He tends to go on binges of power or speed, but steals are more projectable for him. Plus that division is rife with LHPs that he hits well.
  • Two first round picks that we count on for steals got it going last week. Both Ronald Acuna Jr. and Trea Turner stole four bases. That pace is nice to see with the price you had to pony up for either.
  • Jose Alvarado returned after an extended personal absence. He gave up a run in a non-save situation. With Deigo Castillo on the IL Alvarado should see work at closer. Emilio Pagan may get some of the work as the righty compliment.

This week I want to look at the catchers you don’t run on. Here are the backstops with the highest caught stealing.

Name Team SB CS CS% Inn SB/Inn
J.T. Realmuto PHI 27 24 47.1% 608 0.04
Josh Phegley OAK 38 16 29.6% 523.1 0.07
Jonathan Lucroy LAA 33 14 29.8% 500 0.07
Yasmani Grandal MIL 36 14 28.0% 596.1 0.06
James McCann CHW 20 14 41.2% 435.1 0.05
Christian Vazquez BOS 21 13 38.2% 466 0.05
Roberto Perez CLE 23 12 34.3% 481 0.05
Buster Posey SFG 27 12 30.8% 420.1 0.06
Tony Wolters COL 19 12 38.7% 480.1 0.04
Willson Contreras CHC 24 11 31.4% 579.1 0.04
Luke Maile TOR 14 11 44.0% 281.1 0.05
  1. Mike says:
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    I was lucky enough to snag kingery and he’s great. If you were going to shop him, what kind of return would you expect? An above average SP, high end closer?

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