Do you own Trea Turner, he of three steals in one game? No? Then you’re chasing speed with the rest of us. It’s pretty early to go dropping players you drafted for a rabbit with a chance at a steal. However, if you have a free spot put it to use. Like Kanye craving a fair-haired lady lover, we’ll do anything for a save or steal come September. It’s never too early to pad those columns.

  • Steven Souza, Jr. must be cursed. He has the worst injury luck, tearing all kinds of knee ligaments slipping as he crossed home plate in a late spring training game. That brings Jarrod Dyson back to the SAGNOF forefront. Adam Jones is going to play most days but there should be plenty of opportunities for Dyson.
  • It seems the Mets will continue to be a team to target against. Wilson Ramos is a decent catcher but their pitchers are perhaps a lost cause. The Marlins face them for three games to start the week. Maybe Lewis Brinson or Curtis Granderson can be your faceless steals for the week.
  • Keon Broxton drew the start in center yesterday. He made sure not to waste his audition, stealing two bases and getting on base three times. It isn’t a high hurdle to clear with Juan Lagares ahead of him on the CF depth chart.
  • We have to take the Mariners stats with a grain of salt as they have two more games than any other team, but both Dee Gordon and Domingo Santana have two steals apiece. Santana will become the value of the season if he continues to produce with power and speed. Tim Beckham also has one attempt for a caught stealing. He’s a nice FAAB bid in deeper leagues as another potential power/speed combo.
  • Our first closer derby of the season is here already in Seattle. Hunter Strickland has a grade-2 lat strain. My priority would be Anthony Swarzak since he’s close to returning. Cory Gearrin has also been a popular add, though he had a pretty hard time throwing strikes last night.
  • Things look muddy in both Kansas City and Baltimore’s bullpens. We’re going to need some sample size to know who is trusted. Unfortunately, we save chasers rarely get that luxury. If you can find a cast off I don’t mind grabbing Ian Kennedy or Mike Wright. Both converted starters got the job done in their first save opportunities.

Let’s take a look at the catcher’s you could steal on last year. Going forward we’ll look at in-season stats but here’s who had trouble in 2018.

Name SB CS CS% Inn SB/Inn
Jonathan Lucroy 72 31 30.1% 1066.1 0.07
Omar Narvaez 66 21 24.1% 653.1 0.10
Jorge Alfaro 59 21 26.3% 869 0.07
Russell Martin 58 16 21.6% 620 0.09
Tucker Barnhart 54 17 23.9% 991 0.05
Kevin Plawecki 54 16 22.9% 589.2 0.09
Robinson Chirinos 53 6 10.2% 893 0.06
Yasmani Grandal 52 20 27.8% 1037.1 0.05
Willson Contreras 52 27 34.2% 1109.2 0.05
Kurt Suzuki 50 12 19.4% 749 0.07

 

  1. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Nice. Love this article

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Danke.

  2. Tom says:
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    Which side do you prefer…… 12 team keeper

    Profar and benintendi for berrios and Wil Myers

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Do you need pitching? I’d lean slightly to the Beni side but could understand if it’s a move you need to make.

      • Tom says:
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        I have Nola as my only SP keeper….. have benintendi Krush Davis segura mondesi Votto and Nola…. want to pair Nola and berrios as my 1-2 punch for my future …. dangling k Davis or Beni

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          If it’s keep forever, I’d say it’s an OK deal if you believe Berrios will turn the corner soon.

          • Tom says:
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            Yes keep forever ….. do you think benintendi develops more power or stays a 15-20? guy? I love benintendi but berrios seems to have that Pedro type quality….. great SPs are harder to come by I feel. OF is stacked as always

            • Roto-Wan

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              I don’t see Beni developing much more power short of a change in hitting philosophy. He doesn’t really need any more power to maintain roto value though. There’s always more risk with a pitcher, too.

  3. Ante Galic says:
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    Roto-Wan!!!!

    Thanks a million for this fantastic report, as a result of which I….

    a. Signed up Swarzak who is on the IL, where I had 1 spot open.

    b. Then signed up Broxton as Swarzak’s injury replacement.

    Let’s see what happens next.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Godspeed.

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