Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Andres Torres, more

by Keith Hernandez on May 10, 2011 @ 13:17:11 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

Alexi Amarista, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Amarista should see more action with the Halos after Vernon Wells (groin strain) landed on the DL Monday night. Mike Scioscia is growing fond of his youthful lineup, which regularly consists of moving parts. For a skipper that loves to have options, Amarista, who is a switch hitter, gives him that luxury. So far mostly an option at second base when Howard Kendrick moves to first, Amarista did start in left to spell Wells last week. Reggie Willits might also see outfield reps, but he's mainly depth.

San Francisco Giants OF Andres Torres
Torres ready to roll

Bobby Abreu figures to see more time in the outfield with Maicer Izturis landing at designated hitter. There isn't a clear path to consistent PT for Amarista, but he should see some more at-bats in left field to spell Abreu. His speed and scrappiness fit well with the Angels' style of play, and his speed could be useful if you are searching for stolen bases.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Andres Torres, San Francisco Giants

Torres (Achilles' strain) is returning from the disabled list Tuesday, and skipper Bruce Bochy made it clear that he will immediately reclaim his starting spot. He could be eased in at a corner outfield spot initially rather than center, but he's going to play. Aaron Rowand, Cody Ross and Pat Burrell are in danger of losing significant PT as a result.

Torres played in only eight games and hit .286 before going down. Bochy loves the 33-year-old switch hitter in the leadoff spot as the catalyst for the offense. It remains to be seen how his injury will affect his aggressiveness on the base paths, but assuming he's completely healthy, Torres gives you a helpful stolen-base profile. Because his PT shouldn't be in question, double-digit home runs over the remainder of the season is possible, too.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Carlos Peguero and Mike Wilson, Seattle Mariners

The Milton Bradley show will not go on in Seattle. Eric Wedge and Jack Zduriencik had seen enough and opted for youth over drama. Peguero and Wilson seem primed to form a platoon in left field with Bradley out of the picture. Michael Saunders becomes the everyday starter in center (at least until Franklin Gutierrez returns).

Peguero, a left-handed stick, profiles as a corner outfielder in the bigs and has displayed impressive power in the minors; he clubbed 31 dingers at Single-A High Desert in '09. The 24-year-old was hitting .282 with Class AAA Tacoma before coming up but had a 2-for-11 MLB stretch earlier this season. His downside: He has a reputation as a free swinger and doesn't draw many free passes.

Zduriencik indicated that Wilson could spell Saunders occasionally in center field. Wilson brings a similar profile to Peguero's: plus power potential with high K rates and poor contact. His right-handed stick is something the M's can use more of, but they can't count on his average, and, though he's hitting the ball hard, neither should you. Wilson has torn it up at Tacoma this year (.381/.429/.683) with four homers, but he has a .255 average over three years at Class AAA.

Peguero and Wilson will cut into each other's playing time. Peguero is the better target; he will also see more at-bats with the team likely to face more right-handed pitchers. However, their contribution could be drastically limited when Gutierrez resurfaces, so don't invest heavily.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

Pitchers

Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox

Peavy's long road back from shoulder and lat problems is just around the corner; he is expected to make his season debut against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Wednesday. Peavy can deliver ace-like stuff when he is right, so he's worth taking a chance on. Just to be safe, though, you may want to give him a few starts to show that he is indeed healthy and at full strength.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians

The demotion of Jeanmar Gomez that made room for Carrasco means prospect Alex White will stay in the rotation, making him a more rosterable deep mixed commodity.

Carrasco, meanwhile, lines up to come off the DL Wednesday to make a start after suffering through a sore right elbow. He has gone 1-1 with a 4.97 ERA in five starts this year. The 24-year-old Venezuelan showed promise in Cleveland last year, which earned him the No. 2 spot in the rotation to start the year. He was giving up hard contact and has been unable to repeat his ground-ball success early this season.

However, it's still early, and there is room for improvement, especially if he can pitch better with runners on base and continue to limit homers. Plus, in his three starts excluding his opening debacle and his injury-shortened effort, he posted a 3.26 ERA with 15 K's and six walks.

Like most middling pitchers returning from a DL stint, you should be hesitant to use him right away. Carrasco's development as a major league starter has been slow and deliberate, so be patient. Also, the Indians have other rotation options (Gomez, Mitch Talbot) that could be plugged in if Carrasco tanks.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Dillon Gee, New York Mets

The Mets were on the cusp of sending Gee back to Triple-A Buffalo to keep him stretched out as a starter; they did not want him losing stamina while toiling away in the bullpen. As a spot starter and long relief man, he has been serviceable, going 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA in three starts. He recently made a spot start last Saturday in place of Chris Young (shoulder).

It looks like Gee has a chance to inhabit the lackluster New York rotation for the long term after the team learned that Young's injury is serious. Young has a tear in the anterior capsule in his right shoulder and is likely done for the year.

Temper your expectations. Though he has some upside, Gee is a back-of-the-rotation arm that possesses a mediocre fastball. He lives and dies on his location, so don't expect him to help you make gains in the K department. But the Mets don't have many other options - Pat Misch, who was just recalled, was beat up in the minors, and Jenrry Mejia, their top pitching prospect, is out for the year.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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