2011 Fantasy Baseball Profile: Is Julio Borbon a Good Source for Stolen Bases?

Mar 7, 2011

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With 34 stolen bases in 183 games, it would be reasonable to believe that Julio Borbon would in fact be a good source for stolen bases in 2011. However, he wasn’t nearly as effective last year though as he had 15 SBs in 137 games (438 at bats) versus 19 in 46 games (157 ABs) in 2009.
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While I wouldn’t be stunned if he swiped thirty bases this year, I wouldn’t bank on it. He has a few things working against him. For starters, he isn’t patient enough at the plate. He worked just 19 walks in 468 plate appearances. He saw just 3.38 pitches per at bat. Even if he can return to the .300 level, his may not be on base as much as other speed options.
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Another thing working against him, and it should come as a surprise since he’s a lefty, but he struggled against lefties hitting just .247. David Murphy, also a lefty and who he’ll likely split time with hit .272 against southpaws. Murphy also hit .298 against righties, whereas Borbon hit .284 so don’t expect Borbon to always get the start against righties. While Murphy doesn’t possess the speed that Borbon does, he did manage 14 stolen bases last year. Plus, if the playoffs are an indication, Murphy had 27 at bats to Borbon’s nine. Any way you slice it, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty even share. The saving grace is the fact that Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz have a tendency to get hurt, which should allow both outfielders to get extra at bats.
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Borbon won’t take much of an investment, as his ADP, according to Mock Draft Central, is 280. Still, if you wish to acquire his services he’ll take up a roster spot. Perhaps he’ll be a terror on the basepaths. I just think there are better options available.
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What’s your take? Do you like Julio Borbon in 2011?
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  1. Rotoprofessor
    March 7th, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    There are a lot more “certain” late round sources of speed this season that I wouldn’t bother with the flyer on Borbon. All of the following have ADPs of 216 or higher and could easily steal 25 bases in ’11:

    - Jose Tabata
    - Rajai Davis
    - Angel Pagan
    - Desmond Jennings
    - Coco Crisp

    Obviously in the later rounds you are always willing to take risks, but these guys seem like better risks than Borbon.

  2. LestersLegends
    March 7th, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    totally agree professor

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