Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market

by Nicholas Minnix on April 14, 2011 @ 01:17:48 PDT

 


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Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Middle infielders

Jonathan Herrera, Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies 2B Jonathan Herrera
More weight to Herrera's value

Some admission, here: Herrera didn't seem to measure up (well, at least in the meat department), which made him a little easier to dismiss. It's not that he couldn't be successful at his listed size (5-foot-9 and around 150 pounds everywhere, including MLB.com; it's that he would likely have trouble sustaining it.

Herrera, 26, is setting the record straight: He weighs about 180 pounds. The Rox may also be setting the record straight: The switch-hitter started the club's last five games, before the top end of Thursday's doubleheader with the New York Mets. Good chance that he'll be in the lineup for the capper, probably in the two-hole - the only spot in which he has appeared.

Besides the fact that Herrera plays plus defense at second, he's hitting - and seeing the ball well. He's 9-for-19, including three doubles, with a ridiculous eight walks against one strikeout. He's a spray hitter who went 23-for-62 (.371) in spring training and batted .284 in 257 plate appearances in the majors in 2010. He's a quick youngster who has already swiped four bases and approached 20 in three different minor league seasons. And he carries a bit more weight - literally and figuratively - than you might expect.

The only issue is continual PT. Right now, Jose Lopez seems to want that less than Herrera does, although the latter may be a utility man in the long run. But the situation is fluid, and it's clear that Herrera is solid depth in the right format.

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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