Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Dayan Viciedo, Eduardo Nunez

by Nicholas Minnix on June 14, 2011 @ 00:46:21 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)


Corner infielders

Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo
Dayan for a call-up

According to the club's official site, general manager Kenny Williams hinted that he may soon call up Viciedo from Triple-A Charlotte. The front office man declared him ready (the slugger concurred), despite an admission that he has some things to work on. Williams added that he wouldn't summon the Cuban prospect and then have him sit on the bench. The only obstacle appears to be how to handle the playing time loser - likely Juan Pierre. Williams noted that Ozzie Guillen isn't keen on disrupting the mix yet.

How soon is "soon"? Given the flood of prospects who've arrived on the fantasy baseball scene in the first couple of months of 2011 and the impacts they've made, it might be a good idea to stash Viciedo "soon," yourself.

Williams passed on that his outfield prospect (who's most likely listed as a third baseman in your setup) has incrementally improved his plate discipline. Pair that with a drill-bit swing. High averages on balls in play are routine - and they must be, because his 2011 0.37 BB/K at Charlotte is the best mark he's posted at any stop thus far. In 62 games this season, he has a .318/.365/.518 slash line, with 10 homers and 45 RBIs. Last season for the Knights, he hit .274 with 20 taters and 47 RBIs in 343 at-bats. In 106 plate appearances with the White Sox in 2010, he batted .308, ripped five dingers, walked just twice and fanned 25 times.

Moving on Viciedo is risky because Chicago has a touchy depth chart situation. He also depends highly on his raw ability. It's interesting that Williams made the statements at a time when the ChiSox's offense is finally picking it up, though.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Eduardo Nunez, New York Yankees

The Yankees are facing the extreme likelihood that Derek Jeter (Grade 1 calf strain) will require a 15-day DL stint. They don't want to take any chances with the Captain, and they don't want to be short-handed when interleague play fires back up this weekend.

Nunez benefits for several days, at minimum, because Jeter won't be available real soon. Nunez, 23 on Wednesday, has posted an uninspiring .214/.254/.339 slash line in 61 plate appearances this season, but he has rapped a jack and has swiped six bases. He plays sparingly, but he has proven to be a solid fill-in when needed; last season, he batted .280 with a homer and five steals in 53 plate appearances. In this lineup and in the short term, he's viable.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

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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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