Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Vicente Padilla, more

by Keith Hernandez on May 12, 2011 @ 12:25:56 PDT


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Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
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Koyie Hill and Welington Castillo, Chicago Cubs

With Geovany Soto (groin) on the disabled list for at least 15 days, the Cubbies will go with some combination of Hill and Castillo behind the plate. Expect Hill to see most of the action; he has the experience, and Mike Quade will surely value his defensive skills. Hill won't provide you with any offensive upside but will give you catcher at-bats if you're searching.

Los Angeles Dodgers RP Vicente Padilla
Padilla the main man

How much will Quade let Castillo play while Soto is out? He tore it up in spring training but was hitting a combined .242 with three homers and seven RBIs in 91 at-bats between high Single-A Daytona and Triple-A Iowa before being recalled. There are positives: He's becoming a more patient hitter and has a strong arm behind the dish. He'll provide more pop than Hill, but his defense might hurt him when looking for starts.

Castillo is the more intriguing option as a speculative add, but he's also likely to be sent back to the minors as soon as Soto returns.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Consider

Middle infielders

Justin Turner and Willie Harris, New York Mets

This could be an ugly situation when speculating for playing time. Daniel Murphy, who was seeing most of the action at second base, will now move to first base temporarily with Ike Davis (ankle sprain) landing on the DL. Chin-lung Hu could also sneak in for some at-bats in this rotation.

Harris, who is hitting .214 with one homer and seven RBIs in 70 at-bats this year, is the only of the three options at second base that hits left-handed, so he may have the leg up there. For what it's worth, Harris was penciled in to start at second Wednesday before the game was postponed. Turner has swung the bat well in just 28 at-bats this year, hitting .304 with no homers and three RBIs.

Because neither Turner nor Harris stand out as an overwhelming candidate to take over at second, this is a tough situation to forecast. Turner is starting Thursday against Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Harris and Turner won't give you any power, but Turner has shown that he can hit for average (career .300 hitter in the minors) and he also hits lefties well. Initial reports say Davis won't miss much time, either, so these two might not have much time to contribute.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider


Fernando Martinez, New York Mets

The injury to Ike Davis also led the Mets to recall Martinez from Triple-A Buffalo, where he was hitting .292 with three long balls and seven RBIs in 65 at-bats. He also had 15 strikeouts to just five walks. This raw talent has been hindered by injuries and inconsistency throughout his minor and major league career. The 22-year-old has the ability to hit for above-average power and average in the bigs.

Terry Collins doesn't plan on using him to platoon with Jason Pridie in center field. Instead, he will probably spell Jason Bay and, more likely, Carlos Beltran on the corners. Beltran has been playing frequently, but because the Mets probably want to be cautious with his knees, he will still need the occasional breather. If more playing time opens up in the outfield, F-Mart might be the first to benefit, depending on what the Mets want to do with Scott Hairston.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider


Vicente Padilla, Los Angeles Dodgers

Late-inning save options keep falling by the wayside in LA; Hong-Chih Kuo (anxiety) is out indefinitely with the yips, and Jonathan Broxton (elbow) remains sidelined. Don Mattingly could still prefer to go the closer-by-committee route, but his options have thinned (Kenley Jansen, Blake Hawksworth, Mike MacDougal). Padilla has pitched well in save situations (2.57 ERA, six K's and three saves) in seven innings, so Mattingly might not be compelled to change anything.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Philip Humber, Chicago White Sox

Even with Jake Peavy (shoulder) returning to the rotation for his first start Wednesday, Humber is sticking in the rotation ... for now. Ozzie Guillen indicated that he will use a six-man rotation at least through the end of the month. Humber went seven solid innings in a no-decision against the Seattle Mariners last Friday to lower his ERA to 2.97. He is 2-3 with a 2.65 ERA and 25 strikeouts to 10 walks in his six starts for Chicago.

Humber is a solid middle-of-the-rotation arm that uses a finesse fastball, a sharp overhand curve and his rediscovered slider to be effective. His sinking changeup also plays well at U.S. Cellular Field. His stuff hasn't translated to many K's, but when he is commanding his pitches he can be successful at the major league level.

The problem for Humber is the White Sox's crowded rotation with the addition of Peavy. No other starter is in danger of losing his spot, so Humber will be the odd man out if and when they go back to a five-man rotation. However, the team is still being cautious with Peavy, and he had multiple setbacks on his rehab trail. We might have seen him at his best already, but for now, all that matters is that Humber is still in the rotation. Even if he's booted, he would be the first option to take another pitcher's spot if an injury crops up.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Consider

AL-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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