Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Scott Cousins, more

by Nicholas Minnix on April 22, 2011 @ 12:13:53 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

Mark Teahen, Chicago White Sox

Teahen out-hit Brent Morel in spring training, but each hit for average. Morel's glove was expected to be the difference, but he has performed poorly in the field, which makes his .220 average harder to swallow. Teahen has started at the hot corner in the ChiSox's last three games and is 7-for-25 with a homer. Morel will back in there on Friday.

Chicago White Sox 3B Mark Teahen
Cup of Teahen?

Ozzie Guillen insists that Morel is still his third baseman, but he wants the 24-year-old to take a step back, relax. That could do the trick for a player who does have a solid hitting profile but little MLB experience - or not. If not, although it's not what the club would prefer, Teahen, a .270-type with modest but, recently at least, declining power and speed, stands to benefit.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

Outfielders

Scott Cousins, Florida Marlins

The club placed Logan Morrison (sprained arch in left foot) on the DL; he'll miss two to four weeks. Emilio Bonifacio again started for LoMo in left on Thursday and has been swinging well. But the club may look to play him at third while Donnie Murphy (bruised knee) sits.

Cousins, 26, can play all three outfield spots. The left-hander deposited one in the seats on Thursday for his first career homer - a grand slam. He has a line-drive swing and hit for high averages on balls in play in the minors, although he has a tendency to whiff. He may not hit for average in the bigs over the long haul, but he has 15-homer power, 15-steal speed and a possible path to PT in the short term. If not, Bonifacio and Greg Dobbs, better used as a pinch hitter, will continue to be the beneficiaries.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

Chris Denorfia, San Diego Padres

Will Venable's early-season lack of success (3-for-24 slump, .154 BA in 52 at-bats) has allowed Denorfia, 30, the chance to play a bit more. Denorfia, who bats right-handed, is 11-for-34 with a couple of homers and a comparative lack of strikeouts. He also started against a right-handed pitcher on Thursday, which grabs a little attention.

Bud Black said that the lefty-swinging Venable will get a few days to work on things. The 28-year-old was a sleeper for his 20-homer power and 35-steal potential, but even his high walk rate hasn't helped him achieve more than a passable MLB OBP. Denorfia put together a couple of strong stretches after the All-Star break, when he played pretty regularly. He can steal a few bases and stroke a few homers, if this PT lasts.

Jorge Cantu may be getting a similar opportunity, thanks to Brad Hawpe's rough start, but Cantu hasn't displayed any real signs that he's going to take advantage of it.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

Pitchers

Jesse Litsch, Toronto Blue Jays

The Jays weren't displeased with Litsch's performance (1-1, 3.63 ERA, 16 K's against seven walks in 17 1/3 innings) when they optioned him to Triple-A Las Vegas at the beginning of the week. The right-hander's remaining options made up the short straw; southpaw Jo-Jo Reyes, about whom the club remains intrigued after a solid spring, doesn't have any left. However, Toronto has since optioned struggling lefty Brett Cecil.

The Blue Jays aren't allowed to recall Litsch, 26, for at least 10 days, unless he replaces an injured player. The club doesn't need a fifth starter until next week, so they'll take the weekend to evaluate Aaron Hill's hamstring strain. The team already called up Chris Woodward, an infielder, to take Cecil's spot on the roster, so the next move, if necessary, will likely involve a pitcher.

Brad Mills (1-1, 0.82 ERA, 17 K's to six walks in 22 frames for Vegas) is off to a great start. The 26-year-old southpaw has more long-term upside than Litsch does but has yet to make dent in his limited time in the majors. His recommendation would be similar to Litsch's, although the righty is a safer choice and a likelier one, it'd seem.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Sean O'Sullivan, Kansas City Royals

The right-hander says he feels more comfortable starting, and after two starts (11 stanzas, one win, 10 hits, two runs, five walks, 10 strikeouts), KC is inclined to believe him. Right-hander Vin Mazzaro was expected to claim the club's fifth starting spot when they needed him a couple of weeks in, but his sluggish spring and rough outings in the minors opened the short-term door for O'Sullivan.

This success is highly unlikely to continue; O'Sullivan has displayed quite uninspiring peripherals in his 150 1/3 innings in the majors. However, he has displayed an uptick in fastball velocity again this year, in his limited action. In the minors, he limited homers much more than he has in the bigs. Although his HR/9 may improve this year, it isn't likely to be so friendly as 0.60. He's unlikely to approach or maintain a rate of two K's for every walk, though, either. He'll live on the edge and corrections could begin next week, but just in case some of KC's pixie dust has rubbed off, don't dismiss.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

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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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