SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The pool of potential high-end stolen base options slants a bit to the American League this season, with Mike Trout and Michael Bourn leading the way, but fantasy owners are always looking for sleeper steals options late in drafts.
On Thursday night at Surprise Stadium, a pair of speedy AL center fielders, each batting from the No. 9 lineup slot and with something to prove this season, flashed their considerable skills as the Texas Rangers edged the Los Angeles Angels 10-9.
The Rangers' Leonys Martin delivered the game-winning hit, but the Angels' Peter Bourjos is the more accomplished of the two, based on his breakout 2011 season, when he hit 12 home runs and 11 triples and stole 22 bases with a reasonable .271 batting average. In 2012, Bourjos wasn't able to approach those numbers, but when I spoke to him after Thursday's game, it sure sounded like he expects to get back to that level. So what happened last year?