Nobody should be terribly surprised that San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera is running wild, because this is what he did last season. Cabrera led the National League -- and all middle infielders -- in stolen bases last season, and all of baseball in the category after the All-Star break, with an impressive 29. He's off to a tremendous start this season as well. Cabrera doesn't do much else to help a fantasy team: His power is next to nil, he won't approach a .300 batting average and on the Padres he likely won't score a ton of runs. But the guy has upped his walk and contact rates, doesn't try to hit fly balls, and when he gets on base, he certainly takes advantage.
It's hardly going out on a limb to project Cabrera to lead the big leagues in stolen bases this season, but I'm doing it anyway. What should I say, Kevin Youkilis wins the crown? Continuing with a week full of predictions after Tuesday's home run blog entry, we deal with the speedsters, and there might be a surprise or two lurking.
1. Everth Cabrera, SS, San Diego Padres (54 projected steals): Fantasy owners will certainly take it! Nobody reached 50 steals in 2012, after all. Cabrera has job security and a green light. Can't ask for much more.