Almost a full week into June is where we start our next streaming speed article. What a ride it has been so far.
We have guys on pace for a 50-stolen-base season, guys who have reached their projected amount of bags, and we have Harrison Bader with 13 bags and zero caught, who by the way started the year at 25% rostered, and now is at 62%.
With this new month, I would like to begin a new segment on these articles, bringing to all of you the best of last month. Here are our top 15, followed by the streaming options for the next couple of weeks. Hope you all enjoy it!
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Eli White (2% rostered)
Deep leagues are really tough to find good streaming speed options. They are usually guys who will contribute in this category alone, and sometimes you may catch them on an off week. Eli White is no different.
White is slashing .171/.267/.237 through 86 PA on the year, which is brutal. You should not expect anything brilliant from him, except for his speed. While not handling the bat very well, he leads the league in sprint speed at an impressive 30.2 ft/sec.
Texas seems to have found a spot for him hitting in the 9th hole, so he should get some PA, and if May production on the bases sticks, he can give you the steals you need.
Victor Robles (3% rostered)
I urge you to not look at Robles Savant’s page if you are thinking about streaming him. Everything there is blue with the exception of one red dot on his sprint speed percentile.
However, he is a good streaming option for deep leagues believe it or not.
All five of his bags came in May, with four of them in the last week.. Compared to his April production, Robles raised 30 points on his batting average, and 50 points on his OBP, placing him at .343.
His expected stats indicate a regression is coming, so I suggest you ride his kind-of-hot streak while you can.
Christopher Morel (14% rostered)
The Chicago Cubs leadoff man for the foreseeable future after seven straight appearances in that spot, Morel is our first option for standard leagues. With one SB shy of the top 15 guys in May, Morel can be a good option for streaming speed.
The second baseman converted four steals on six attempts and is slashing .293/.396/.488 on a small sample of 48 PA.
Morel’s PT seems to be secure and he has an impressive 28.9 ft/sec sprint speed, placing him at the 93rd percentile. All of this indicates he can get a considerable amount of bases for you. So if he is available, I would consider rostering him.
Ramon Laureano (29% rostered)
Laureano is not the fastest guy on the wire, but he may get the job done on the base paths. He is slashing .215/.338/.323 in 77 PA, all in May. Through those appearances, he converted three steals in five attempts.
These are not the most encouraging numbers, but he is projected to steal 12 bags and has two seasons with 10-plus steals, so he will run given the opportunity.
The good defense he provides will get you the PT and he is projected for 15 HR, so he can give you a push in more than one category. Since May was actually his first month of work, he may need a bit more time to get into mid-season form, so I would keep an eye on him.
Jorge Mateo (31% rostered)
One stolen base shy of the league leader, Jorge Mateo is our first option for shallow leagues.
Mateo seems one of the most steady base stealers so far. He does not have crazy games where he steals three bags out of nowhere then disappears. He had seven steals in April, and he is finishing the month of May with six bags.
Although the slash line of .216/.250/.346 does not look good, Mateo is a very strong streaming option for speed. His 30.3 ft/sec sprint speed ranks at the top of the league, and he is running around half of the opportunities he gets.
The Orioles do not seem to hold him back on the bases, so if the batting average does not hurt you, the steals may be a big help for you.
Josh Rojas (44% rostered)
One of the six lefties projected to start for the Arizona Diamondbacks is our streaming option for steals.
Rojas has three steals on the year, all of them coming in just 72 May plate appearances. He is handling the bat very well slashing .295/.375/.459, but his expected stats point to regression.
Rojas has 11 steals projected in 395 PA on the year. However, steamer600 projects 14 steals. Whatever the case, I believe Rojas can provide steals for all of us in need, with some additional help in other categories. I would consider streaming him the next couple of weeks, especially because the Diamondbacks face the Reds seven times during this span.