|February 26, 2013||Tweet|
|Written by Fred Poulin|
|Tuesday, 26 February 2013 11:38|
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Every year fantasy owners are looking for players with speed to win the stolen base category in their respective leagues.
While some of the bag stealers are hot commodities on draft day, such as Michael Bourn, Mike Trout, Rajai Davis or Juan Pierre, other players can provide you with speed at a far lesser price.
Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamonbacks
Eaton, who stole 44 bases between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012, will most likely lead-off and play center field for the DBacks in 2013. Look for Eaton to swipe 30 bases, while posting a .280 AVG and scoring 80 runs. Eaton is widely unknown in fantasy circles so you should be able to snag in the late rounds.
Alejandro de Aza, OF, Chicago White Sox
De Aza quietly stole 26 bases last season for the Sox while batting .281 and scoring 81 runs in only 131 games. Look for De Aza to break both the 10-HR barrier and the 30-SB barrier this year as the team's lead-off hitter and starting center fielder. He won't be a late-round player this year so he might not fly under the radar on draft day.
Eryck Aybar, SS, Los Angeles Angels
With Maicer Izturis gone to Toronto, Aybar will play even more this season as the team's everyday shortstop. Aybar stole 20, 32 and 22 bases in the past three seasons and so we know what we get when we draft him: around 25 stolen bases with a .280 batting average and 10 dingers. With Josh Hamilton joining Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo in the middle of the order, Aybar will get plenty of chances to score runs as the team's #2 hitter.
Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Segura was acquired from the Angels at the trade deadline last year and managed to get 166 at-bats in the majors, posting a .258 batting average with 7 stolen bases and 19 runs scored. Segura stole a combined 37 bags between all levels last summer and as the team's Opening Day starter at SS, he will get plenty of playing time. Look for around 30 stolen bases with a better average of .275-.280 in 2013.
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays
Acquired from the Marlins in the Jose Reyes/Josh Johnson/Mark Buerhle trade, Bonifacio is a very versatile player who can play in the infield or the outfield. Right now, Bonifacio is pegged to battle Maicer Izturis as the team's every day 2nd baseman, and should he win the battle, he will get plenty of at-bats for the powerful Blue Jays. The switch-hitting hitter swiped 40 bases in 2011, while stealing an astounding 30 bases in only 64 games (244 ABs) in 2012. Look for 40+ SBs this season for the speedy Blue Jays.
Bonifacio can also make good defensive plays!
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|Last Updated on Thursday, 28 February 2013 16:07|