I'm really more interested in the Betancourt comments since he is a boredline viable MI and even 5 or 6 more SB could push him into a little bit of a sleeper in deeper leagues.
Good observation of this article. Everybody's already targeting Ichiro somewhere relatively early in their drafts, and his slot won't change dramatically based upon this kind of report. But, if McLaren's not simply blowing preseason smoke (always a possibility) and these imported coaches have an impact, Betancourt could be a nice sleeper pick at MI.
Speed hasn't been holding him back; he entered the league with a lack of refinement in reading pitchers, timing, and the other mental aspects of basestealing that separate the quick from the elite. Perhaps some of that can be trained into him ... ?