Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 10, 2010 @ 15:00:00 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)

 

Catchers

Koyie Hill, C, Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs C Geovany Soto
Soto not expected out for long

Chicago placed Geovany Soto (shoulder), who should be back in less than two weeks, on the disabled list on Monday. Hill, a switch hitter, should fill in because of his experience. He's a lifetime .211 hitter (.193 this season), though; he's likely more harmful than helpful.

For short-term desperation, keep an eye on Wellington Castillo, whom the Cubs called up to take Soto's roster spot. Castillo, 23, doesn't hit for average, but the stocky backstop possesses blossoming (though perhaps PCL-enhanced) power, with 13 homers in 227 at-bats for Triple-A Iowa.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Middle infielders

Ruben Tejada, 2B/SS, New York Mets

The Mets are benching Luis Castillo in favor of Tejada, another light-hitting MI. Manager Jerry Manuel felt Tejada gave the team a spark the first time he was up. Tejada is a defensive wiz but has a .196 average and one stolen base in 112 major league at-bats.

Tejada, 20, is a .273 hitter in four seasons on the farm, and he has advanced relatively quickly. He has 11 homers and 46 swipes in 1,444 minor league at-bats. At 5-foot-11, 162 pounds, he doesn't project to offer much more in the counting cats than he already does. He may steal you a few, if he gets on.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Watch

Outfielders

Fernando Martinez, OF, New York Mets

In another move toward youth, the Mets plan to platoon this former top prospect in right with Jeff Francoeur. He's quite talented, but injuries and seeming apathy have slowed Martinez, 21, on the farm and in the bigs, at times. He's a .177 hitter in 96 major league at-bats.

In 277 plate appearances at Triple-A Buffalo this year, Martinez was hitting .255, with 12 homers, 17 walks and 60 strikeouts. In his last seven contests, he was 10-for-23 with a pair of ding dongs; he walked four times and struck out six. He's highly unlikely to be consistent, but Jerry Manuel likes Martinez's bat; F-Mart, a left-handed hitter, should play semi-regularly, at least until (if?) Jason Bay (concussion) comes back.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Nelson Figueroa, SP, Houston Astros

Houston optioned Wesley Wright, a lefty, to Triple-A Round Rock and added Figueroa, another right-hander, to the rotation. In his first eight appearances (11 1/3 frames) with the Astros, since they claimed him off waivers, he has a 3.18 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.

Figueroa, 36, lobbied the Astros for a chance to start, and maybe he has earned it. For a club going nowhere, it's an odd move. Besides, the righty has statistically much worse as a starter, with an ERA approaching 5.00. He has been known to put together the occasional brilliant outing, but it's not worth attempting to pick which they'll be.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

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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