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Sexy Pick Alert: Ryan Theriot
Written by The GNUru   
Apr 27, 2007 at 04:58 PM

Ryan "The Riot" TheriotDue to the Cubs lack of offensive prowess, Uncle Lou Pinella has decided to give utility infielder Ryan Theriot a shot at the everyday shortstop position.  Former starter Caesar Izturis just hasn't been getting the job done at the plate as indicated by his .184 batting average.  Fantasy baseballers and Cub fans alike have been intrigued by Ryan "The Riot" Theriot (pronounced Terry-o) due to his ability to swipe bags and get on base.  In limited action last year Theriot hit .328 and stole 13 bases in just 134 at bats. Despite his impressive performance last year, Ryan was not a part of the Cubs off-season plans.  During the Cubs spending spree, GM Jim Hendry went out and signed veteran utility man Mark Derosa to a lucrative 3-year deal and was given the starting second base job.  Lou Pinella quickly realized that Theriot bat was needed in the lineup and shortstop was best place for him as Theriot was a SS in college and throughout most of his minor league career.

Now that Theriot is likely to get regular at bats he instantly becomes a "Sexy Pick" and a spark plug in the Cubs lineup.  Theriot remains a free agent in most fantasy leagues and warrants major fantasy consideration in larger leagues, and in particular ROTO leagues, due to his 30+ stolen base potential.  Although Theriot has looked impressive so far this year hitting .339 and already swiping 5 bases, fantasy owners must remember to curb their enthusiasm as the league has yet to make an adjustment on Mr. Theriot.  That said, you can expect Ryan to go through some tough stretches as he learns to adjust to the league adjusting to him (that was a keyboard full!).  The GNUru advises all owners with weak shortstops or extra roster space to pick up Theriot immediately.  His arrow is certainly pointing in the right direction and his multi-position eligibility can come in handy when the inevitable injuries strike you infield and outfield. 


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