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He hit .293, scored 102 runs, stole 36 bases, hit 14 homers.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - If I asked you which baseball players stole 30 bases, scored 100 runs and hit at least a dozen homers last year, would you be able to correctly answer the question?

There were only four major leaguers who accomplished the feat, three of which were drafted in the top-15 in most drafts (Hanley Ramirez ADP 2.8, Jose Reyes ADP 4.45 and Grady Sizemore ADP 14.64).

Can you name for fourth member of this elite club?

He hit .293, scored 102 runs, stole 36 bases, hit 14 homers and even knocked in 58 runs while batting second in his team's lineup.

The answer is Shane Victorino - outfielder for the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Victorino was primarily ignored in last year's drafts. An afterthought for most owners, he had an ADP (average draft position) of 98.82 - meaning he was selected around the 10th round.

Yet as we are just a few weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting, the early fantasy ranking which I have seen, still do not give Victorino the respect which he deserves.

Looking at three different outfielder rankings, in none of them did Victorino rank higher than 18th and his overall average was 24th.

Plus there is something about the Flyin Hawaiian's 2008 season which reminds me of Curtis Granderson the year before he went off. Wouldn't you like a year like the Tiger's outfielder had in 2007 for cheap?

Victorino
Year G AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVE OBP SLG
2008 146 570 102 167 30 8 14 58 36 45 69 0.293 0.352 0.447


Granderson
Year G AB Runs Hits 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB K AVE OBP SLG
2006 159 596 90 155 31 9 19 68 8 66 174 0.260 0.335 0.438
2007 158 612 122 185 38 23 23 74 26 52 141 0.302 0.361 0.552
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