Young could be cheap source of steals
April, 26, 2013
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton hit the disabled list Thursday with a wrist injury, and while this is no longer a big deal in fantasy because he's not productive and is owned in less than 1 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues, I'm a bit surprised the player most likely to benefit is no more popular. The Rockies have been using Eric Young Jr. to lead off recently and he's been up to the task, and for those needing stolen base aid, the best is surely yet to come.
Young, 27 and in his fifth big league season, has disappointed fantasy owners before, even when he was given opportunity to seize a regular role, so let's be a bit careful in setting expectations too high. Young's issues over the years have been numerous, from struggling to hit, to struggling to defend (he's no longer a regular option at second base), to struggling to stay healthy. Of course, he's always been able to run. Young stole 27 bases in 31 attempts in only 77 games in 2011, and last year he hit .316 with 14 steals in fewer than 200 at-bats.
John Hefti/Icon SMIEric Young Jr. has 64 career steals over 665 at-bats.