Who's on pace for 20/20 seasons? 

June, 27, 2014

Brian DozierBob DeChiara/USA TODAY SportsBrian Dozier, one of this year's biggest surprises, is actually on pace for a 30/30 season.
It’s not easy as it used to be to finish a baseball season with more than 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Nine players achieved the feat last season, 10 the year before and 12 in 2011. Basically, the trend of five-category fantasy options continues to dwindle each season, and while we’re not quite at the midpoint of the 2014 season, a mere seven players have reached double digits in these counting categories, and they're the only ones on pace for 20/20. You want 30/30? It’s Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier on that pace, and he’s all alone. Sure, everyone picked that one!

Of course, after blogging about Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on Thursday, it’s even more clear that this trend not only isn't helping fantasy owners, but it makes the players who consistently hit for power and steal bases so much more valuable. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout wouldn’t be the first overall pick if he stopped running. Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen wouldn’t be a consensus first-rounder, as Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun no longer is, if he stopped running. Anyway, let’s point out the valuable players who have achieved 20/20 status in recent seasons and analyze the ones on pace to do so this year, and others who seem as though they could make a run, so to speak, for it.