Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Bartolo Colon, more

by Nicholas Minnix on April 21, 2011 @ 12:45:33 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)

 

Corner infielders

Jayson Nix, Toronto Blue Jays

The Jays have declared Edwin Encarnacion their regular DH, again. Which is bad news for Juan Rivera, but good for Nix, who'll man the hot corner pretty often for the time being. AL-only players, hosts of his only certain homes, likely scooped this fella up before he cooled off (now 11-for-45, two homers). Those in incredibly deep mixed formats may have a little reason to pay attention now, but the emphasis is on deep leagues.

New York Yankees SP Bartolo Colon
Colon rejuvenated

Aaron Hill (hamstring strain) can't seem to shake muscle injuries very quickly. Nix can play a little second base, too. Rivera can earn back some PT, but when you're struggling and don't play much, that's pretty hard to do. The return of Rajai Davis (sprained ankle) is unlikely to affect Nix's PT, at least initially. Don't get ambitious, but consider the power upside of this compact infielder in the Rogers Centre, if it sticks for a bit.

John McDonald has nothing but PT upside, essentially, but he benefits while Hill sits.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Mitchell Boggs, St. Louis Cardinals

This can't be just your standard "He picked up a save, so run out and get him!" recommendation. Tony La Russa left the Ryan Franklin door ajar. He values Miguel Batista's years in the game. Jason Motte, Fernando Salas and Eduardo Nunez (whom Dave Duncan said can't be ruled out as a closer) all have demonstrated some sort of potential to participate. This may easily be a committee-like situation before it's not.

TLR has made no declarations. Duncan says the Cards may use Boggs earlier in a game, if it's a tough situation. They no doubt like his ability to pitch multiple innings. Last night, the manager had the vets warming up after the righty, with two outs, yielded a hit.

Knowing all that, Boggs did receive the first opportunity. You know that he has (at least, this year he seems to have) the stereotypical stuff - mid-90s heat, very good slider. Their interest in utilizing him in high-leverage situations period confirms a desire to test him further. TLR has developed an affinity for using a particular reliever in save situations without acknowledging it publicly before. Better to be early than late.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Bartolo Colon, New York Yankees

Colon continued delivering profit on the Yanks' low-risk investment in him this past offseason. The rotund right-hander was extremely effective in his first start in place of Phil Hughes (dead arm, shoulder inflammation, whatever they want to call it). He went 6 2/3 innings (on 89 pitches), giving up five hits (one a homer), two runs and two walks, with seven K's, against the Toronto Blue Jays. He retired 12 straight in one stretch.

The 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner thoroughly impressed the Bombers' staff in spring training, but few fantasy players could fathom it. His velocity was reportedly restored, but more importantly, his slider earned rave reviews for its tightness. On Wednesday, his fastball sat in the low 90s, touching 94 per MLB.com play-by-play data, even in his final frame.

Are we to believe that this is a renaissance? In Pinstripes, Colon has been quite dependable in relief since his first appearance. He's getting a glaring shot, with the opportunity to retain the spot. That's even when Hughes is back in form, a target state laced with uncertainty. He's going to yield some more homers and be prone to blowups, but this is a refreshed version of the sad sack we're used to seeing, at least.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-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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