Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on July 23, 2010 @ 12:45:00 PDT

 


Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break your season. Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets won't help you after spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, you will have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

Do you need to replace your fantasy baseball busts? Which fantasy baseball players can you ignore? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Corner infielders

Alex Gordon, 3B, Kansas City Royals

KC called up Gordon because outfielder David DeJesus (thumb) went on the disabled list, not because they traded Alberto Callaspo. The Royals plan to let touted Mike Moustakas try out at third next spring. Gordon is running out of time, unless he's a revelation in the outfield, where he has played since he was demoted.

Kansas City Royals OF Alex Gordon
Royal pains continue for Gordon

At Triple-A Omaha, Gordon batted .315 with 14 homers and 44 RBIs in 260 at-bats. Gordon can probably play in left only, but that's where Scott Podsednik resides, ordinarily. Wilson Betemit is manning third. The Royals haven't cared thus far, but they would do themselves a disservice not to play Gordon. A heavy investment isn't in order, but Gordon has too much talent to be ignored. Another trade might help his situation more.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Sean O'Sullivan, SP, Kansas City Royals

TWO Royals? KC acquired the gritty O'Sullivan, along with minor league reliever Will Smith, to get jiggy wit- er, to stockpile arms. The right-hander is expected to join the rotation.

O'Sullivan held the New York Yankees to two runs in six innings in his only big league start of 2010. He posted a 5.92 ERA in 12 games (10 starts) last season, as a 21-year-old. For Triple-A Salt Lake this year, he was 5-5 with a 4.76 ERA, with 58 K's and 31 walks, in 85 innings (15 starts).

O'Sullivan has decent stuff but doesn't do anything extraordinary. He profiles as a back-end starter at best. He might eat some innings for you until the Royals get a couple of their injured hurlers back.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Trevor Bell, P, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Bell, 23, replaces O'Sullivan in the Angels' rotation, maybe until Scott Kazmir (fatigue) comes back. When Kaz comes back is another matter.

The right-handed Bell has been destroyed in his 39 2/3 innings of major league work, all of it this year coming in relief. He posted a 3.15 ERA for Triple-A Salt Lake last year and had a 3.00 mark in 30 innings with them this season.

Bell is a competitor, but his stuff is mediocre. His secret to success is working quickly and establishing his fastball. He hasn't shown that he can do the latter in the majors, yet.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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