Ender wrote:interchange wrote:I disagree with waiting til the later part of the draft to get "cheap steals". You want the guy who will put up great steals and solid average and elite runs. You don't want the guy with 75 runs and 50 rbi from the bottom of the lineup just cause he swipes bags.
But that isn't what cheap steals are. You can get Bourn early who hits .280 with 100 R and 55 RBi or you can get Span incredibly late who hits .280 with 100 R and 55 RBI. The only difference is that Bourn is 50 steals and Span is 20 steals. There are tons of leadoff hitters available late in drafts. I would never draft a #8 hitter unless I was desperate, I'm not talking about waiting on say Segura or something. If you sprinkle in 10-20 steals on most players and fall a little short there are plenty of options for late SB guys. There is really never a reason to take a Bourn type player.
If Span goes incredibly late, the draft pool must be awfully small. I refused to overpay for SBs in most of my AL or NL only drafts last year and thus I didn't get many.