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Lorenzo Cain and Jarrod Dyson, Kansas City Royals
Dyson could steal you a point
Ned Yost plans to sit Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur in his club's final series of the season, at the Minnesota Twins, and the skipper will do the same with Melky Cabrera once the switch-hitter gets his 200th hit. Cabrera sits on 199. Yost prefers to have a look at his speeders, Cain and Dyson, before the 2011 campaign ends so that he can have a little more info to assess for 2012. Mitch Maier is likely to step into the lineup once Cabrera notches No. 200 but is of little interest to roto players.
Cain, 25, batted .312 with 16 home runs and 16 stolen bases in 549 plate appearances with Triple-A Omaha this season. Lifetime, in the majors, he's hit .307 with a homer and seven thefts in 170 plate appearances. The 27-year-old Dyson hit .279 with three round-trippers and 38 stolen bases in 369 plate appearances for the Storm Chasers. In 104 career MLB plate appearances, he's hit .202 with no bombs and 18 heists.
Your target here depends on your needs. Fantasy baseball players shouldn't expect Cain's newfound farm power to show up in the bigs in this series with the Twinkies. Although his patience at the dish isn't, statistically, drastically better than Dyson's, he's made solid contact much more often than his fly-catching mate. Cain, however, is also less aggressive on the base paths then Dyson, by a good margin.
Dyson, conversely, isn't a reliable source of much besides stolen bases. However, roto hopefuls can rest assured that the Royals' frequent fav pinch runner will take his chances, should he get on base. Minnesota is scheduled to send three righties to the hill, which is at least more beneficial for the left-handed hitter. Cain, a right-handed swinger, has actually fared better against the same hand than southpaws in his shirt major league exposure, too.
Shallow mixed: Consider
Deep mixed: Consider
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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