Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Marco Scutaro, more

by Nicholas Minnix on June 9, 2011 @ 12:31:55 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
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)



Dusty Brown, Pittsburgh Pirates

On Thursday, the Pirates placed Chris Snyder (tightness in lower back) on the disabled list and called up catcher Wyatt Toregas. Brown, 29 in a week and a half, and Toregas, 28, will split catching duties in some form for the next few weeks, in all likelihood.

Boston Red Sox SS Marco Scutaro
Deja vu for Scutaro?

In 19 major league games, Brown is a .207 hitter with one home run. In the same number of contests, Toregas has a .176 average and zero home runs. Each has similarly uninspiring career minor league slash lines. You don't need the playing time this badly.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Pass

Middle infielders

Marco Scutaro, Boston Red Sox

Dustin Pedroia left the club, stationed in the Bronx, and returned to Beantown for consultation on his knee pain. The recommendation fantasy owners fear they'll hear but also know is likely: The second sacker may need surgery that would sideline him for about a month.

Fantasy owners may want to wait on a more definitive prognosis for Pedroia. If you're getting the jump, you remember how the BoSox handled this last season: Eventually, Jed Lowrie handled the keystone, while Scutaro manned short. Lowrie's shoulder appears to be fine.

Scutaro, back from the disabled list on Tuesday, has already started two games and gone 3-for-9 with a couple of runs scored. He's hitting .247 with a homer and a stolen base in 85 plate appearances. Scutaro was at least a replacement-level asset in deep mixed leagues for a couple of seasons. With some regular PT, there's little reason that he can't be serviceable again.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

AL-only: Acquire


Graham Godfrey, Oakland Athletics

Scratch that: The A's will call on this right-hander, not lefty Bobby Cramer, to start on Friday against the Chicago White Sox in place of Brett Anderson (elbow soreness).

Godfrey, 26, has never even received an invitation to big league camp and reportedly doesn't exactly possess off-the-charts stuff. He has a lifetime 4.24 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP, a 7.03 K/9 and a 3.10 BB/9 in 590 minor league innings. This season, for Triple-A Sacramento, he's 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP, a 8.05 K/9 and a 2.50 BB/9.

Godfrey has walked less than 3.00 hitters per nine frames in every season, save for an awful 2010 campaign split between Double-A Midland and the River Cats. Statistically, he doesn't do anything that stands out, however. The best thing going for him may be the lack of a scouting report on him, at least until someone on the DL returns. At this point, it may be Tyson Ross (oblique strain), and he has no timetable yet.

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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