Fantasy Baseball: Category Killers: Steals
Everth Cabrera, Padres:
You're never going to get a great batting average out of Cabrera (.239 in '12), but he has the ability to be a game changer on the bases. So the risk is worth taking. He's up to 15 on the season, 11 of which have come during the past month. He's also widely available, at only 6 percent ownership in Yahoo! Leagues.Norichika Aoki, Brewers:
He's beginning to settle in nicely as a leadoff man for the Brewers, and his season line backs that up quite nicely (.302, 2 HR, 20 RBI, 36 R, 11 SB). More importantly, he's beginning to run, with eight steals he collected during the past month. This is a guy who had a 41 and 31 steal season in Japan, so the wheels are certainly there. It wouldn't be shocking to see him hit 25 steals by the end of the year.Darin Mastroianni, Twins:
This is a play for the bold, as Mastroianni doesn't see normal playing time, but makes the most of whatever chances he gets on the bases. He's collected seven steals during the past month, in just 30 at-bats, numbers on par with NL professional rabbit Tony Campana. If you need to make up ground in steals, this is a gutsy play worth making, as the steals could come in bunches.
Desmond Jennings, Rays:
Jennings has been mostly terrible all season, battling injury and ineffectiveness during his first full major league season. He's been a bit unlucky this year (.281 BABIP), so a correction could be fast approaching. The steals are still there though -- 15 during the first half, and seven in the last month.Coco Crisp, Athletics:
This may be the last call on Crisp, who is still only owned in 31% of Yahoo! Leagues. He's been on fire the past month, batting .309 with two homers and eight steals -- must start numbers in any format.