To be a follow up on Grey’s post months or weeks ago, Position Eligiblity can be a sexual and quite tantalizing thing, especially when it correlates into what I am going to talk about. So taking from the list that he concocted and then applying it to mine, and voila! Your needs as it relates to SAGNOF are fulfilled! The “S” that we’re referring to this time out though is steals. For those new to the term, get familiar, as it means “Saves (and Steals) Ain’t Got No Face”. Because in reality it is basically a 2 AM lights come on picking fest, and whomever gathers you the stat is good enough. Just gotta be fast to the waivers or some other speed miner will scoop them up. So now back to how speed and multi-eligibility is a fantasy boon to your usability for them come draft time. Granted, it is way early to start looking at trends and expert advise on the matter because, well, it is way too early. I just said that, making me say stuff twice. So I have scoured what information I have gathered and used my own super secret rankings in seeing who falls where on draft day, has multiple positions, and can be an asset in the steals department. I personally like reserving one to two spots on my roster, taking in mind the multi-positional speed guys. They fill in the spots of the MI, sometimes CI, and definitely the Util spot. Steals can get scarce later in drafts, but we here at the “Razz Central speed and Saves Department” don’t care. It don’t got no face, or an English degree in how to say that in a way that sounds logical without double negatives. So to keep pace with what’s going down as I awake from my winter’s hibernation, speed and multiple position eligibility and some savings on draft day is what it’s all about to be about!
Jose Ramirez – Quite possibly the belle of the ball this year for players currently sitting on the outside of the top-120 or so. Has three spots on lock for your rostering, which makes him a Swiss Army knife of an Indians variety. Which is probably more like a do-all hatchet, but effective none-the-less. Finished last campaign with 22 steals, 12 of which came in the second half. It will be interesting where he bats in the order as he was a 5/6 hole hitter for the majority of last year, which he projects to be again this year. Hitting behind E5 isn’t an awful thing for his counting stats to be more then what they were last year. Draft for 15-20 anything less is just greedy like changing your costume on Halloween and going back and hitting the same houses that gave out exquisite candy.
Hernan Perez – Intereting that he was a regular in my SAGNOF posts ending the last season, and he currently doesn’t have a starting nod according to most fantasy advisory stuff. That is the only bad thing that I can think of here, and I’m honestly confused why he doesn’t have a spot. A rebuilding team that may stunt a 25-year-old guy who showed promise, minus the propensity for lack of OBP. Travis Shaw doesn’t scare me for a spot here, I have seen him and not impressed. If he isn’t drafted keep a close watch on him and his playing time in Spring… whenever the heck it gets here.
Eduardo Nunez – Dude was one of five players last year to get 40 steals. Only five. The ever shrinking steals guys are dwindling. I am hoping that the Giants employ him as he was with the Twins and that is at lead-off. I get that Span is still there, but i am hoping that he gets dropped in the order. Nunez on base ahead of the likes of Belt, Posey and Pence could boost his runs by 10%-12% from last years total. Is one of my favorite targets for people that like to disregard that he is on a better team then what he started with last year. Add in the 3B, SS, and some places 2b and he is going to be on my roster as my Middle Infidel with a draft stock currently closer to 200 then 100.
Jose Peraza – Ohhhh. Please for the ever loving sake of anything that is holy have him win the job in ST. Power may be limited, and the 2B/SS market may have sexier names and for the record is deeper then ever. All he did to get the SAGNOF love was was slash .330/.361/.429 the last 30 games of the year with eight steals. Rebuild Cincy, hosted by Jerry Springer and Steve the security guard. I would watch that all day.
Josh Harrison – He’s currently being ranked by my peers and your reading pleasure companions in the same breathe as non-closing relievers and rookies with mostly webbed feet. My point is that he is too low. Injuries happen, he just doesn’t ooze the outburst potential steals wise of anyone else that I have waxed poetic about. he is capped at a max of 20. But when you throw in the 2B/3B eligibility thing, it makes him more draftable to me. To me, he’s a name with veteran intangibles that can be had after the other 250 other players come off the board.