Uncommon Thievery: Speed on free agency
Michael Bourn, OF, PHI: I know what you're thinking, how is a guy who has just 35 at-bats on the season undervalued? Well, he's making good use of those limited opportunities with seven steals and an improving walk-to-strikeout ratio. I mean, seven steals in 35 at-bats? Imagine what he'll do once he gets a full-time gig? Obviously he's not getting enough at-bats to warrant consideration in mixed leagues, but he's definitely someone to consider in those deeper NL-only formats if you need a boost in steals. Doubters will point to his high strikeout totals in the minors as reason to believe that his career will follow that of Alex Sanchez rather than Juan Pierre, but he seems to be improving in that area, and hey, even Sanchez had a few huge seasons on the base paths. One thing is for sure: His stolen base potential is for real. This is a kid who stole 45 bases between Double-A and Triple-A last season and has nabbed 163 bases at an 85.3 percent success rate during his four-year, minor league career. Not only is Aaron Rowand a free agent at season's end, but he's also had his fare share of injuries over the years, so those in mixed leagues will want to keep a close eye on the Philly speedster should Rowand suffer an injury or be shipped out of town.
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