Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Jon Jay, more

by Nicholas Minnix on June 2, 2011 @ 12:24:32 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

Nate Schierholtz, San Francisco Giants

Bruce Bochy is obviously pleased with what the lefty-hitting Schierholtz has provided the Giants (.274/.319/.453, four homers and three stolen bases in 113 plate appearances) in a part-time role. The skipper has indicated that the 27-year-old will receive more playing time moving forward, in part spurred on by the outfielder's 3-for-6 night on Wednesday in which he came up with clutch game-tying and go-ahead hits late. This'll come at the expense of at-bats for Pat Burrell and Cody Ross, mostly. Aaron Rowand is about recovered from a hip injury, and Brandon Belt wasn't scheduled to play much.

Minnesota Twins OF Ben Revere
Revere races to bigs again

Schierholtz is not a special player, but he does possess 20-homer power and a solid BA history in the minors. In his limited MLB time, he has actually excelled against southpaws, save for his 17 plate appearances against them this year. It's an interesting move if Bochy follows through; the Giants haven't been opposed to elevating part-timers into regular roles if their performance warranted it. See Torres, Andres. Schierholtz is also entering his prime-age years, so this could be something of a breakthrough season.

Keep in mind that San Fran is continually searching for offense and will be open to any combination that might seem fruitful in their immediate spectrum. Six weeks ago, Schierholtz was rumored to be on the block. Still, there's evidence that he can serve as solid fantasy depth, at least.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Jon Jay, St. Louis Cardinals

The Cards placed Matt Holliday (strained quadriceps) on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. He's expected to miss the minimum, but since he last appeared on Tuesday, that's going to be about two weeks. Jay has played regularly in the past week and a half because of Holliday's injury, and he'll likely continue to do so. Allen Craig has warranted consideration for some time, as noted here before. He'll play some left field, too, but he has been playing at second and can fill other spots.

Jay, 26, has hit .342 with four homers and three stolen bases in 126 plate appearances. The BA and power output are a little ambitious, but he may very well continue to provide help in those three areas for the next couple of weeks.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Ben Revere, Minnesota Twins

After the club's game on Wednesday night, Ron Gardenhire announced that the Twinkies plan to place either Jim Thome (strained quad) or Jason Kubel (injured foot) on the disabled list on Thursday. Minnesota doesn't want to be short-handed for an indeterminate period.

The left-handed-hitting Revere, 23, is getting the call, and it would seem likely that he'll play a bit more than the right-handed Jason Repko (.161/.235/.161). Revere is 8-for-33, with two stolen bases, in the bigs this year. This stint isn't likely to be long, but it's also unlikely to be the last time we see the solid-hitting speedster, either.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Lance Lynn, St. Louis Cardinals

Lynn will fill in for Kyle McClellan (hip flexor strain) on Thursday and beyond, likely. The injured hurler isn't expected to be shelved for much time beyond the minimum.

On prospect lists, Lynn, 24, has slipped quite a bit after a sub-standard 2010 for Triple-A Memphis (13-10, 4.77 ERA, 7.74 K/9 and 3.40 BB/9 in 164 innings). He isn't known to have lights-out stuff in his diverse arsenal, but as our prospect writer, Chris Hadorn, notes in today's Player Prospecting, his fastball has slowly gained a couple of miles per hour. The righty has also been successful at keeping the ball in the yard, although his minor league rate of surface-skidder coaxing, while solid, isn't overwhelming. As Hadorn also notes, Lynn may be a nice canvas on which Dave Duncan can work some magic, although such a development seems likelier to occur in the long term, not in a cup of coffee.

In 10 starts (62 frames) this season, Lynn has maintained his solid K/9 while improving his BB/9 to 3.05 and has endured the rigors of a seemingly unfortunate .353 BABIP against to post a 4.06 ERA. There's something to like here, although the ceiling isn't extraordinarily high.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

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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