Draft season is getting into full swing. Unless things break right for you early you’re likely to find your team a little light in the steals department. Take a stab at some of these cheaper players to boost your speed. And be sure to subscribe to Rudy’s tools in season for all your streaming needs!
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- Jarrod Dyson – Dyson probably has the most guaranteed playing time coming into the season. Injuries tend to cut into his ABs but when he’s in the lineup he’s running.
- Delino DeShields Jr. – We’ve all been there with Delino. He’s cheap and has 50 steal speed if he could only play everyday and avoid the litany of injuries that tend to derail his season.
- Dee Gordon – I’m actually interested in Gordon as a speed dart. He’s been around a while but is a seemingly young 31. The wheels aren’t what they used to be and will likely degrade as the season goes. Still, there’s plenty of scenarios that see him leading off in Seattle.
- Nick Madrigal – Rudy’s tools love them some Madrigal. His approach is geared around getting on base to use his legs. If the White Sox don’t work out an extension with him it’s likely he’ll be up in May.
- Kyle Tucker – The prospect that the Astros love to hate. Maybe he wasn’t cool with the dugouts rendition of Stomp. I know we’ve said this before but how long can Josh Reddick hold off a hitter as good as Tucker?
- Trent Grisham – The Padres acquired Grisham last year and spent the off-season clearing out their outfield. He’s going to get some leash as a power/speed combo.
- Victor Reyes – Reyes could be a steal (see what I did there) if he can duplicate his 2019 batting average. It’s not like PT is hard to come by in Detroit.
- Jake Fraley – After a lukewarm 2019 debut the speed-centric prospect is dirt cheap this draft season. That’s great for you and me. He’s already locked into early playing time and should make some progression.
- Roman Quinn – The Phillie is one of my favorite in-season speed plays. He gets a run at some point every year and burns brief but bright. It’s nice that he can play second base, as well.
- Jose Peraza – The signing of Kevin Pillar poured some water on Peraza but he should still work his way into regular ABs. The team would also like to move Jackie Bradley Jr.,opening up CF for him.
- Mauricio Dubon – He’s scheduled to start the year as a utility man. Look at that lineup, though. I’ll wait. Gross, right? He’s going to be a regular before long.
- Jon Berti – Berti is worth owning for the chance to play the Mets alone.
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- Ryan Braun – Another year, another 20/10 season is likely on top.
- Sam Hilliard – Big Sam isn’t locked into a role yet and they are the Rockies and all. They did promote him last season and he hit.
- Mike Tauchman – Between Stanton, Judge, and Gardner is there any doubt Tauchman gets plenty of ABs?