Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Eugenio Velez: Cheap Source for Steals

For those speculating on steals, Giants utility player Eugenio Velez could be someone to watch.

Splitting time between Single-A, AA, and AAA, Velez stole 118 bases over the past two seasons. With 3b Kevin Frandsen likely out for the season, Velez should have a chance to find playing time all over the infield. Velez stole nine bases this spring, and could be a 30-SB sleeper if he can continue to get on base, giving him great value if he gains third base eligibility.

Only five or six third basemen are likely to come close to 20 steals, and Velez should get at least that if he can get a full season worth of at bats.

For those looking to replace injured speedsters such as Kaz Matsui or Jerry Owens, Velez might be worth taking a flier on.

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