Fantasy Baseball Free Agent Pool – 2011 Speed Demons Vol. 1

Apr 12, 2011

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Just because you’ve slipped behind in the Stolen Base category doesn’t mean you can’t catch up.  Here are some reasonably available stolen base options.
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Willie Bloomquist, Arizona Diamondbacks
Bloomquist has been a popular roster addition in the early part of the season thanks to his six stolen bases in seven attempts. Also because he’s been hitting at the top of Arizona’s order. Bloomquist is batting .368 and has had success against right-handed pitching (.345) as well as left-handed pitching (.444). He stole 25 bases for the Royals in 2009 so if he continues to get steady at bats he should remain a valuable source for steals. He also has eight runs, a home run, and five RBI. Willie is owned in 67 percent of Yahoo! and 53.5 percent of ESPN leagues so get him fast.
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Sam Fuld, Tampa Bay Rays
Fuld will likely be a little more popular today after going four for six with three runs against the Red Sox last night. With three stolen bases against the White Sox on April 7th, Fuld finds himself near the top of the pile with five stolen bases. He’s hitting .321 on the year with five runs, a home run, and three RBI. Sam is owned in just seven percent of Yahoo! and 2.8 percent of ESPN leagues so he’s easily more readily available.
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Orlando Hudson, San Diego Padres
Hudson has three stolen bases in the past two days, giving him four on the year. His modest seven-game hitting streak has pushed his average up to .313. Orlando has scored five runs with two RBI. He’s never been much of a stolen base threat (career high of ten) so at best he gives you a modest gain in the category. O-Dog is owned in just six percent of Yahoo! and 2.5 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Jason Bartlett, San Diego Padres
Hudson’s double play mate, Bartlett, has three stolen bases. He’s hitting just .148 with two runs and has yet to collect an RBI. He combined for 83 stolen bases from 2007-2009 so he can deliver when he gets his batting stroke back. Jason is owned in seven percent of Yahoo! and 2.2 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Jason Bourgeois, Houston Astros
Bourgeois has three stolen bases on the year. He’s hitting .333 with a run. He’s one to avoid though, as he only has nine at bats on the year. He’ll need an injury to become relevant. The same thing applies to Jarrod Dyson, who has three stolen bases without a plate appearance. Both are owned in fewer than one percent of fantasy leagues.
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Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
There is a place for Gomez in the Brewers’ lineup while Corey Hart is out. Then he’ll have to share with Nyjer Morgan. Until then you can help you in the stolen bases department (three on the year), but you’ll have to live with his .212 batting average. He’s a career .245 hitter so don’t expect things to get much better. Carlos is owned in three percent of Yahoo! and 8.9 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Tony Gwynn, Los Angeles Dodgers
Gwynn also has three stolen bases on the year. He’s hitting .333 with four runs and one RBI. Tony stole 17 bases last year in 289 at bats. The question is whether or not he’ll get enough at bats to help your squad. He’s played in eight of the Dodgers ten games so if you need speed, he can help. Tony is owned in about one percent of fantasy leagues.
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Cameron Maybin, San Diego Padres
The Pads like to run. Maybin also has three stolen bases. He’s hitting .258 with four runs, two home runs, and four RBI. He has the most upside of anybody on the list. Cameron is owned in about 18 percent of fantasy leagues.
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Jack Wilson, Seattle Mariners
Wilson rounds out the list with three stolen bases of his own. He’s hitting .273 with two runs and one RBI. He’s never reached double-digit stolen bases so keep that in mind. Jack is owned in about one percent of fantasy leagues.
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