Kelby Tomlinson's calling card has been his ability to hit lefties, but he took a step back in that regard last season with his OPS against southpaws slipping below .700. He continued to get on base at a useful clip against lefties (.371 OBP), but he didn't hit for average and there was a total absence of power. On the plus side, Tomlinson was efficient on the basepaths, going 9-for-10 on stolen-base attempts, and he saw enough time at third base (24 games) and second (20 games) to qualify at two positions entering 2018. He could gain shortstop eligibility as well if Brandon Crawford continues to sit occasionally against southpaws this season. The positional flexibility and speed aren't strong enough selling points in standard leagues, but if you're looking to fill one of your final bench spots in an NL-only league, you could do worse.
Tomlinson went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Thursday's win over Seattle. With the Giants' starting infield set for Opening Day, Tomlinson is expected to serve as the club's primary backup infielder. He doesn't offer much in terms of power (.314 slugging percentage in 194 at-bats last season), but he arguably has the most speed of any player on San Francisco's projected roster. The 27-year-old's backup role will keep him off fantasy radars, but he can provide some steal potential should he fall into playing time at any point this year.
Tomlinson went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and a walk against the Dodgers on Tuesday. His first homer in 92 games this season came against Clayton Kershaw, of all people. That'll probably be a lifelong memory for Tomlinson, who's given the fantasy community no reason to consider him anything other than a light-hitting, relatively little-used utility man.
Tomlinson moved back to the bench following Joe Panik's activation off the disabled list Friday. The speedy infielder provided modest fantasy value with a .293 batting average and three stolen bases in 11 games while Panik dealt with a concussion. Tomlinson will resume his regular utility role and can safely be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Tomlinson went 1-for-2 with three walks, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored against the Phillies on Saturday. The speedy infielder swiped his eighth base of the season and second in as many days. Tomlinson has collected a hit in all six of the games he has started in place of the injured Joe Panik (concussion), scoring six times over that span despite batting eighth in the order. Panik doesn't have a definitive timetable to return from his concussion, so Tomlinson should continue to provide value in the speed categories until he returns.
Tomlinson started at second base in place of the injured Joe Panik (concussion) Monday, going 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in an 8-3 loss to Miami. Panik passed concussion tests after taking a blow to the head on a play at home plate Sunday, but the sinking Giants may opt to place him on the 7-day DL after he missed nearly a third of last season with concussion symptoms, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports. If that plan holds true, Tomlinson would likely fall into regular playing time at the keystone. The 27-year-old has struggled at the plate in a utility role this season (.239/.318/.283), but his excellent 8.8 speed score and success on the basepaths (6-for-6) would make him a cheap short-term target for steals in deeper formats if he were to gain an everyday role.
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