Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 6, 2010 @ 11:30:00 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

Mike Morse, 1B/OF, Washington Nationals

The Nats placed Nyjer Morgan (hip flexor) on the DL, to his dismay. Roger Bernadina will hold down center, and Morse, a right-handed hitter, is in line to play in right often. Willie Harris, a left-handed hitter, could be a factor, too.

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor
Not a Minor prospect anymore

Morse packs punch - seven homers in his 103 at-bats in the bigs this year - but it can be sporadic. He's a lifetime .301 hitter, but he doesn't have a great BA profile. He puts welts on the ball when he makes contact, which means potential to sustain a high BABIP. He's a wild card in the right format; his run may be short-lived, depending on Morgan's status.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Mike Minor, SP, Atlanta Braves

Kris Medlen (elbow) is waiting to find out that he needs Tommy John surgery. Minor, 22, will replace him in the rotation, at least for now, beginning on Monday, at the Houston Astros.

According to Baseball America, Minor was one of the club's top pitching prospects entering this season. He can throw four pitches well, including a fastball with serious movement. The left-hander keeps hitters off-balance by varying speeds.

Control rate is supposed to be another of Minor's calling cards, but, although it's improving, his BB/9 is greater than 3.00 in the minors. He has also fanned nearly 11 per nine, but don't expect that to hold up in the majors because he has soft stuff. BA compared his arsenal to Jeremy Sowers'; this has "wait and see" written on it.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

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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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