Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Steals

Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Steals

By Rob Steingall
CSNChicago.com Contributor

Andres Torres, Mets: On a bit of a tear on the bases, stealing five during the past week, and a total of seven the previous two weeks. His batting average stinks, as does just about everything else he does, but he deserves a shot to help you while he's on a good run.

Jon Jay, Cardinals: He's never been a burner in the minors, but did steal 20 bases back in '09, and has consistently reached double figures during his career. With six already on the season, a run at 15 seems possible, along with his steady batting average and production.
Gregor Blanco, Giants: Blanco is getting extended playing time this season, and is really making the most of it on the bases, accumulating 14 steals to this point. If he keeps his job moving forward, he could double that total during the second half. You'll suffer in batting average with him in your lineup. But if you can afford to take the hit, he's a nice cheap option.
Drew Stubbs, Reds: Stubbs returned from his stint on the disabled list and promptly stole three bases in his first week back. The batting average is still abysmal, but you're going to live with that due to his tantalizing power and speed combination. If he stays healthy, there could be another 20 steals in his legs during the second half.

Alex Presley, Pirates: Not a burner by any stretch of the imagination, but he did swipe five bags in June and a combined 31 bases in '11 between Triple-A and the majors, so the pedigree is there for him to be a category asset. His total sits at eight on the season, but could easily rise to 20 by the time the season comes to a close.

Preps recruiting: Illini add another 2017 piece

Preps recruiting: Illini add another 2017 piece

Illinois and head coach Lovie Smith added another piece to the Fighting Illini Class of 2017 late last night when Prospect two-star ranked offensive tackle Alex Palczewski (6-foot-6, 270 pounds) gave Illinois his verbal commitment.

"I felt extremely comfortable at Illinois," Palczewski told Orange and Blue News publisher Doug Buschon last night. "I know with Coach Lovie Smith there, that program is going to go sky high. We're going to win."

Palczewski, who flew under most recruiting radar screens missed his entire 2015 junior season because of an injury is now the 20th known verbal commitment in the Illinois Class of 2017 and the ninth known in-state commitment. 

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