By Rob Steingall
Ryan Theriot, Giants: The past two weeks have been great for Theriot, as he's produced a .370 average with seven runs scored and eight runs batted in. More importantly, he's swiped four bases during the past week and actually seems interested in being a foce on the bases once again. There is 20-steal upside in these legs with regular playing time.
Ben Revere, Twins: He's running hot in June, with five multi-hit efforts already this month, to go along with four stolen bases. Revere stole 34 bases last season, and have 50 steal upside if he ever locks down a full-time gig for an entire season. As long as he's playing daily, he's one of the best speed options in the fantasy game.
Angel Pagan, Giants: San Francisco's center fielder is having a resurgent year that strongly resembles his career best 2010, where he posted a .2901169 line while stealing 37 bases. While his average is likely to come down to earth a little bit, the modest power and speed upside is very real, and he could finish with 15 home runs and 35 steals when all is said and done.
Jason Kipnis, Indians: Currently one of the best fantasy players in the game, it isn't likely you'll be finding him on your league waiver wire, but he certainly could be had in a trade. Currently sitting at 14 steals, he could land in the 25-30 range by the end of the season. Fish around, you might just find an owner willing to deal him for a more established name.
Alejando De Aza, White Sox: De Aza continues to have a stellar season, batting .310 with 43 runs scored and 13 steals on the year. At this rate, he has a good shot at exceeding the 100 run30 steal marks, making him a valuable asset in all formats.
Draft prospects always get asked about how they would fit in with the best players on various teams. Once they are drafted, that goes double
New Bulls' draft pick Wendell Carter Jr. didn't disappoint with his answer about how he can play with Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls' first-round pick from the year before.
“We’re going to be unstoppable," Carter Jr. said to reporters in Brooklyn. "He is a great player, someone I can learn from. A great young player. Someone I can learn from on and off the court. With my work ethic, as I come in I’m going to do all I can do to help my team to win. I think we’ll definitely complement one another on both ends of the court.”
Carter Jr. could play the center next to Markkanen at the power forward spot to form a formidable frontcourt if both players continue to develop.
On the ESPN broadcast of the draft, Chauncey Billups talked about the two big guys and the state of the Bulls in general after Carter Jr. was picked.
"I love what they're putting together there," Billups said of the Bulls. "I like their backcourt with Dunn and LaVine. These two big guys, him and Markkanen, are going to play very well together."
Chandler Hutchison abruptly cancelled his NBA Combine trip a month ago because of a promise given to him by a team in the 20s.
And the Bulls fulfilled that reported promise on Thursday night by taking Hutchison with the 22nd overall pick.
Hutchison, a senior, came on strong in his final two seasons with Boise State, and as a senior averaged 20.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31.0 minutes. He shot nearly 48 percent from the field, shot a respectable 36 percent from 3-point range and averaged 1.5 steals.
The pick comes after the Bulls opted for the safe route and Duke center Wendell Carter with the 7th pick.
The Bulls were in desparate need of versatility on the wing and they get it in Hutchison, who projects as someone who can play both forward positions.