Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Mark Trumbo, more

by Nicholas Minnix on May 4, 2011 @ 13:10:38 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 Trumbo, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The burly 25-year-old slugger is six for his last 15, with two home runs, which brings him to a .253 average and five homers in 92 at-bats. That line sounds right about on par with what you would expect from Trumbo in the long term, were he to be a long-term possibility.

Minnesota Twins OF Ben Revere
Lil' horsey named Ben Revere

Coincidentally, what makes Trumbo attractive is that he is a possible long-term option, but fantasy owners don't seem convinced. Kendrys Morales receives one piece of bad news for every piece of good regarding his prolonged recovery from ankle surgery. We have to expect the club's regular first baseman to be at least a month away, and a longer absence is a good bet. There is no clear timetable.

Trumbo is streaky and therefore not ideal for depth in shallow leagues, but his decent power production is worth a lineup spot for stretches in many formats.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Trevor Plouffe, Minnesota Twins

Plouffe has some developing pop, as evidenced by his 10 dingers in 2009, 15 in 2010 and six already this year, all while playing for Triple-A Rochester. He was hitting .282 in 78 at-bats before the Twins called him up. He doesn't have a great BA profile, and the homer pace, although a positive sign for the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, is a bit extreme for him to continue, especially in the bigs. That makes him a potential drag, but still intriguing.

Plouffe's avenue isn't entirely clear, but given Minnesota's injury issues, they may find room for him easily in the short term, either at second base or (more likely, given Alexi Casilla's struggles) at short. Delmon Young (soreness in ribs) will be back pretty soon, which might free up Michael Cuddyer to play second base regularly. Tsuyoshi Nishioka (fractured fibula) isn't but a few weeks away, too. However, by then, if Casilla hasn't endeared himself and Plouffe is hitting, the Twins, who have been thirsting for some offense, may stick with Plouffe for a bit.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

Outfielders

Nyjer Morgan, Milwaukee Brewers

Back from the DL, Morgan will platoon with Carlos Gomez in center in some fashion for the foreseeable future. Given Gomez's past attitude issues and poor hitting performance, which has remained a staple, the stock of Morgan, on the better side of the split, is due to rise. While Morgan isn't a perfect teammate, either, he offers a little more BA and OBP stability and is a decent bet to steal 25-plus bases.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Ben Revere, Minnesota Twins

The Twins' most major league-ready position prospect may be up for only a short while, but Minnesota has struggled so much on offense that if he provides a spark, they'll be hard-pressed to exclude him. His solid ability to draw free passes and hit for average combined with his elite speed makes him a person of interest in multiple formats.

Yes, that's despite the muddy long-term picture. If it works out in Revere's favor once Delmon Young, Jim Thome and Tsuyoshi Nishioka are back, you'll have wished you were ahead of the pack.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Jay Gibbons, Los Angeles Dodgers

The Blue placed Marcus Thames (strained quadriceps) on the DL and activated Gibbons, another left-handed hitter capable of playing the corner outfield posts and first base. At the moment this is a somewhat unclear cluster. Should Andre Ethier's elbow inflammation be a real problem, that would change, but it doesn't sound serious. Gibbons' presence could also ratchet up the heat on James Loney. Some of this will depend on how much the Dodgers remain committed to Jerry Sands if he continues his skid.

Gibbons' vision problems held him back in his quest to earn a roster spot out of ST, but he has since found an appropriate prescription for his contact lenses and claims to be seeing clearly. He may be right: After a slow start, naturally, he upped his average and OBP to .288 and .417, respectively, in 63 plate appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque. Last season, he hit .280 with five homers and 17 RBIs in a mere 80 plate appearances for the Dodgers. Although it may take a bit for this to shake out, there's still a good possibility that Gibbons will become quite a cheap find for LA and fantasy owners. Mixed leaguers have no reason to test it.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Xavier Paul, Pittsburgh Pirates

Here's one we missed: The Bucs claimed Paul off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and have plugged him in for three straight contests, with positive results. He's 6-for-12, with an extra-base hit, two RBIs and two thefts, in those games. Paul displayed Melky Cabrera-like upside (yes, quite the compliment) based on his minor league numbers, but he had few chances with the Dodgers and did nothing with them.

Paul, 26, strikes out a fair bit, so unless his walk percentage trend is reversing and it's not showing up, his selectivity will probably limit his long-term impact. He offers a little more speed than power, though, and is worth a depth spot if you're desperate. One never knows.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-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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