With fantasy owners trying to secure stolen bases in the early rounds, somehow a stable commodity in the category does not receive a bump in average draft position. Over the last three years, Whit Merrifield ranks sixth in stolen bases with 99, one behind Jonathan Villar who will be taken in the first three rounds of most drafts. However, Merrifield possesses better plate discipline and a higher projected average. Volume of steals will propel risky profiles higher in drafts, so owners will need to determine how to roster stolen bases without overpaying or taking a one-trick pony like Mallex Smith .

Delving deeper into Merrifield’s numbers, he’s only the second right-handed hitter to lead the majors in hits for consecutive seasons matching Kirby Puckett (1988-1989). While accruing 206 hits in 2019, Merrifield hit safely in 129 of his 162 contests. He’s also notched 58 multi-hit games dating back to July of 2018. More impressive, Merrifield’s registered 30 or more hits in nine...