Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Ty Wigginton, more

by Keith Hernandez on May 13, 2011 @ 12:32:43 PDT


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Corner infielders

Andy LaRoche, Oakland Athletics

The situation at third base in Oakland hasn't been very pretty this year. Neither Kevin Kouzmanoff nor LaRoche are making a compelling argument for the majority of PT. However, skipper Bob Geren thinks LaRoche deserves to play, even though he is hitting just .250 with no homers and two RBIs in 64 at-bats. Kouzmanoff had one of his better games Sunday, posting two hits (including a home run), but he hasn't played since - he is just 4-for-24 in his last nine games.

Colorado Rockies IF Ty Wigginton
Wiggy, LaRoche close to more PT

Both third-sackers hit right handed, so this isn't a strict platoon. The good news for LaRoche: He hasn't played great but is still seeing regular action; he is also used to spell Cliff Pennington and Mark Ellis, so he could eventually gain eligibility at as many as three positions, depending on your format. Geren said he will ride the hot hand, and he clearly likes LaRoche's bat in the lineup.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Ty Wigginton, Colorado Rockies

Wigginton (oblique) still needs to complete a few minor league rehab games before he can return to the Rockies' lineup. However, once he's ready, he could be in a situation where he sees plenty of starts at third base, especially versus southpaws, given Ian Stewart's struggles. Since being recalled May 3, Stewart has just one hit in 21 at-bats with seven strikeouts. Jim Tracy stated that Stewart may be playing himself off the team.

Wigginton was hitting .233 with two round-trippers and 10 RBIs before going on the DL. Jose Lopez is also hitting under .200 and doesn't pose much of a threat to Wigginton at third. He can provide you with solid power numbers when playing regularly, especially at Coors Field.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire


Laynce Nix, Washington Nationals

Mike Morse's (knee) nagging injury has opened the door for Nix in left field, and he has taken advantage; he has started the last eight games, going 8-for-34 with one homer and four RBIs. On the season, he's batting .282 with four jacks and 13 RBIs. Although Jim Riggleman hasn't declared this as a platoon, it's looking more and more like one. Morse was recently declared "100 percent" healthy, but Riggleman clearly favors Nix in the lineup against righties, at least.

One problem: Rick Ankiel (wrist) could return next Thursday. This muddies the PT picture, especially with Roger Bernadina in the mix as well. Riggleman wants to leave Bernadina in the leadoff spot, so where does that leave Ankiel and Nix? Riggleman won't tip his hand, but it looks like he'll continue to go with whoever is hitting, which bodes well for Nix. Ankiel wasn't exactly lighting it up before he got hurt, either.

Nix is streaky and a big risk to cool off in the near future, but he's providing the Nationals with much-needed power in the short term, and he could do the same for your fantasy squad, even after Ankiel returns.

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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