Camp Tour: White Sox infielders to watch
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Everyone in the fantasy baseball world is aware of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, he of the ridiculous 155 stolen bases during the 2012 season to break the minor league record. Hamilton is a big leaguer now, capable of greatly impacting the game, probably being held in a bit too high esteem. Anyway, do you know who led the minors in stolen bases last season? It wasn’t Hamilton, though his 75 bases came awfully close. In fact, Chicago White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson stole 84 bases to make his mark. I caught up with the speedster before Monday’s fun 9-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals -- he wasn’t running at the time, obviously -- at Camelback Ranch, asking him first about comparisons with the very popular Hamilton.
“I don’t know the man, but from what I’ve seen and heard, 150 or whatever steals is a lot,” said Johnson, who's enjoying his first camp but likely headed for Double-A Birmingham. “The fair assessment is he’s faster than me. I don’t try to be him. He has his game, I have my game. We both steal a lot of bases, but our main goal is to score a lot runs.”