Rhymes among cheap sources of steals
March, 23, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN Insider
I have no problem admitting the real reason why I paid close attention to the Detroit Tigers second base competition this spring. I still think Scott Sizemore can play in the majors, and I'd like to see one of fantasy's forgotten 2010 sleepers get a chance. Alas, he's on his way back to Triple-A Toledo, but the last man standing at this point isn't such a bad sleeper himself. Diminutive Will Rhymes -- maybe he's 5-foot-9 -- has apparently won the starting job and, with it, becomes a likely spot in the coveted No. 2 lineup position, so I'm certainly interested.
Perhaps you've heard by now, but second base is not at all a deep position for fantasy baseball this season, along with shortstop and third base (I think first base, outfield and even catcher, for standard leagues, is just fine), so you might actually want to take a look at someone like Rhymes. Look at his minor league numbers and they show a speedy, pesky singles hitter who always hit for average and stole enough bases to matter. And let's face it, any middle infielder hitting near .300 with 20 stolen bases does matter to us. Rhymes can and should do this.
Scott W Grau/Icon SMIWill Rhymes went 0-for-3 in steals last year, but stole 125 bases in six minor league seasons.