Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Domonic Brown, more

by Nicholas Minnix on May 20, 2011 @ 15:27:27 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)

 

Outfielders

Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies

He might be up. He won't be up. Oh, by the way, he's coming up. The Phils said that they had no plans to recall their top prospect until they and he were both sure that he was primed to stay. Apparently, that time has arrived, so he's not one to leave on the wire. Charlie Manuel said that he won't play against all lefties, but he'll supposedly get a shot at some.

Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown
Brown an immediate grab

Brown, 23, struggled in his big-league debut last year and in spring training before suffering a broken hamate bone. He has ditched some tweaks that the staff made to his swing and had marvelous results in his short rehab stint: .350/.431/.537 in 72 plate appearances combined at two levels. His discipline is a touch hairy, but he's a sweet swinger with some solid speed. He can make a mark across the board and will have to play his way out of the lineup.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Justin Ruggiano, Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays designated Dan Johnson for assignment and called up Ruggiano who was hitting .301 with six homers, 29 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 162 plate appearances for Triple-A Durham. Unfortunately, he's 29, which makes that line kind of unimpressive.

Ruggiano has had very little success in his very little time in the majors. He's another Quad-A type, in which Tampa used to specialize and now merely shuffles. In a deep AL league, he might be worth more - although not much more - than your usual flier bid, in case he makes good on a little of those minor league numbers for a bit, but don't get your hopes up.

One might call this sort of a last-ditch maneuver from the Rays before they call up Desmond Jennings sometime in the next couple of months.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

Pitchers

Kenley Jansen and Matt Guerrier, Los Angeles Dodgers

Vicente Padilla (forearm strain) is now on the DL, too! Jeff Shaw isn't answering calls, and Eric Gagne isn't receiving any. Before you note that Guerrier received the club's save opp on Tuesday, and Jansen set him up, take into account that this recommendation places the higher priority on Jansen because he's a more intriguing candidate for the remainder of the season. Each is a viable fantasy commodity, sorta. This could end up as a committee situation, with Mike MacDougal ruining the fun.

Guerrier has been a solid reliever without closer-type stuff and, normally, peripherally unsupported performances. He's generating more swings and misses in the NL this year, however. It'd be nice to see him rein in that BB/9, too, but Don Mattingly will value some experience and pitcher whom he has trusted to get outs.

Jansen is a closer-of-the-future type with big-time K/9 stuff (15.06 this year) who was demoted briefly to iron out some command issues and appears to have done so. Donnie Baseball knows that Jansen saved four for him last season, so the longer that the Blue is without its "top" bullpen arms, the better Jansen's chances are of seizing control.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Vance Worley, Philadelphia Phillies

The Phils almost assuredly have to send Joe Blanton (elbow discomfort) back to the DL. His turn comes up again on May 24, so the club hasn't announced what they'll do.

The logical replacement is Worley, who filled in admirably in his two starts the first time around. He allowed one earned run in them in a combined 12 innings, and he fanned 12. He made two other appearances, in relief, and didn't give up a run.

Those results (especially the strikeouts, because he doesn't generate enough swings and misses to sustain them) are above Worley's head. But he's capable and a bit underrated - he's not exactly on the prospect radar. The danger is placing a bid on him in anticipation of a repeat. If Blanton's elbow remains an issue for a long period, Worley may be lucking into golden opp. The 23-year-old has upside, but expect a little correction, at least.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso, Oakland Athletics

The A's have placed Brandon McCarthy (stress reaction in pitching shoulder) and Tyson Ross (strained oblique) on the DL. Bobby Cramer has struggled at times and is dealing with his own oblique problem, although he's a possibility depending on how long these absences last. The A's won't be making some calls on this until early next week.

Moscoso, 27, has a killer lifetime K/9 in the minors, and he has toned down the walks - 2.90 per nine in 40 1/3 this year. He hasn't received much fanfare, but the A's need a couple of bodies in this rotation and may be prompted to resort to him. Without much to go on, it's safe to say that there might be some strikeout upside here, but his repertoire doesn't carry with it the kind of punch-out game that translates precisely in the bigs.

Outman might be more intriguing if he weren't seeing his first live action since Tommy John surgery. He missed much of 2009 and all of 2010. Location has most certainly been problem (6.45 B/9, 1.43 HR/9), but his 4.78 ERA indicates that he's minimizing damage, because the hit rate against him (.291) is about normal. It's no doubt much sooner than Oakland wants to be considering a call-up of Outman, but they might be encouraged by his start-to-start improvement and 2.00 ERA in May. Still, he'll be a volatile option, so don't invest heavily here, either.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

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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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