Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 3, 2010 @ 14:00:00 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)

 

Outfielders

Chris Heisey, OF, Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds OF Chris Heisey
Heisey doin'? Could play more

With Drew Stubbs mired in a 1-for-37 slump, Dusty Baker plans to give Heisey more playing time. Heisey owned the profile of an overachiever in the minors, but he hit - .296 batting average, with a .459 slugging percentage and a few seasons of 20-plus stolen bases, on the farm.

In 324 at-bats with Triple-A Louisville, the 25-year-old has batted just .269 but slugged .457. Despite his .292-7-10 showing in 89 at-bats with the Reds, he has a below-average BA profile. Baker alluded to as much when he said how selective he has been with Heisey's PT.

Still, Heisey is a gamer, and he can contribute in a few counting cats. Don't count him out.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Thomas Diamond, SP, Chicago Cubs

Diamond, 27, took a long path that involved Tommy John surgery in 2007 to arrive at his major league debut. He was once a top prospect with the Texas Rangers, but he couldn't get a handle on free passes - almost 5.00 BB/9 in five years before the Cubs claimed him at the end of last season.

In 2010, he has posted a 3.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 8.64 K/9 and 3.82 BB/9 with Triple-A Iowa. That last figure is worrisome, but it represents marked improvement for the hard-throwing right-hander.

There's potential here, but don't throw it in your lineup right away.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Watch

Sean West, SP, Florida Marlins

Florida called up West, a southpaw and formerly one of its top prospects, to replace Alex Sanabia. West, 6-foot-8 and 260 pounds, used to draw comparisons to Randy Johnson.

The potentially devastating slider and K rate say maybe, but he needs to follow the Unit's path to BB/9 harnessing. This year, at Triple-A New Orleans, he has a 3.12 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Per nine, he has walked 2.97 and fanned 7.18.

Despite West's improvement, his control rate began to dip in his last five starts. His big league numbers (4.79 ERA, 1.54 WHIP in 20 starts) beg you to wait and see. He has upside and a chance to claim a rotation spot, though.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-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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