2010 projected leaders: Stolen bases

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Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards.
Stolen bases
1. Michael Bourn – 58
2. Jacoby Ellsbury – 57
3. Nyjer Morgan – 53
4. Juan Pierre – 52
5. Carl Crawford – 51
6. Elvis Andrus – 45
7. Jose Reyes – 44
8. Julio Borbon – 42
9. Chone Figgins – 40
10. Rajai Davis – 39
11. Andrew McCutchen – 37
12. Everth Cabrera – 34
12. Jimmy Rollins – 34
12. B.J. Upton – 34
15. Drew Stubbs – 33
16. Brian Roberts – 32
16. Ichiro Suzuki – 34
18. Carlos Gomez – 31
18. Hanley Ramirez – 31
20. Dexter Fowler – 30
20. Matt Kemp – 30
– I have a pair of Rangers swiping 40 bases. Andrus was 33-for-39 in 145 games as a rookie. He’s still expected to be buried in the ninth spot in the lineup initially this year, but a jump seems likely anyway. Borbon, the probable leadoff hitter, was 19-for-23 in just 46 games last season.
– Not making the cut due to playing time are Brett Gardner, Willy Taveras and Eric Young Jr. All three could swipe 40+ bases if they luck into 450+ at-bats.

Watch: Shohei Ohtani strikes out his first spring training batter

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Sure, spring training games don’t count toward anything “real,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy Angels’ star pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani mowing down his first big league competitors.

On Saturday, Ohtani took the mound against the Brewers for his first official outing in an Angels uniform. After allowing a leadoff double to Jonathan Villar, the 23-year-old righty settled down and issued a three-pitch strikeout to Nate Orf, his first of the spring.

It wasn’t the cleanest inning for the right-hander: the Brewers plated their first run on a walk, wild pitch and subsequent throwing error by catcher Martin Maldonado. Ohtani didn’t let things unravel further, however, and induced a pop-up for the second out before catching Brett Phillips looking on a called strike three to end the inning.

While the two-way phenom only lasted another two batters (a Keon Broxton dinger finished him off in the second), he’s already started to look like a formidable presence on the mound. Time will tell whether he can deliver at the plate as well — rumor has it he could feature in the Angels’ lineup as soon as Monday.