Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Eric Thames, Shelley Duncan, Kyle Kendrick

by Keith Hernandez on June 24, 2011 @ 13:30:49 PDT

 


Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets are no longer of use. KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market series gives you candid ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league. If they're available in any of your fantasy baseball games as free agents, on waivers or for your FAAB dollars, you'll know whether they make the cut.

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

Eric Thames, Toronto Blue Jays

Philadelphia Phillies P Kyle Kendrick
Kendrick likely forced into SP duty

The Blue Jays are doing some serious shuffling to shake their anemic offense: Thames has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, and Jose Bautista will move to third base indefinitely. The news that Brett Lawrie (hand fracture) likely won't be ready until August probably had a hand in this. Manager John Farrell: "Thames is going to be getting a lot of at-bats."

The 24-year-old lefty's value immediately jumps with this move. He tasted a little success in 13 contests earlier this year (.286-0-4) and was mashing with the 51s before the call-up (.352-7-45). Thames' confidence is sky high and his approach has improved at the dish, making him an intriguing outfield option with PT on his side.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Shelley Duncan, Cleveland Indians

Duncan rejoins the Tribe's roster this weekend at the expense of Travis Buck, who was hitting just .228 with two homers. Cleveland is set to embark on a road trip that will take them to three different NL parks, which means Duncan will mainly be used as a pinch hitter extraordinaire from the right side; Travis Hafner will be the alternative.

Duncan, 31, has excelled in the pinch-hitting role for the Indians this year, going 4-for-7 with two doubles and seven RBIs. He's hitting .357 with a homer and 12 RBIs in the role over the past two seasons. The club seems very comfortable using Duncan in this manner. Once interleague play concludes, he may play a little more often, but he isn't really anything more than a fourth or fifth outfielder, so bid with this in mind.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

Pitchers

Kyle Kendrick, Philadelphia Phillies

Roy Oswalt left his start early with more back trouble Thursday, and the Phils placed him on the DL Friday with tightness in his lower back. He was diagnosed with two degenerative discs after landing on the DL in early May. Another MRI will wait until Monday. Kendrick, who relieved Oswalt yesterday, is the likely choice to fill in.

Kendrick has basically been the swingman for the Phils; he has tossed 23 innings in five starts this year, while going 24 stanzas out of the 'pen. He's had mixed results in both roles, but his K/BB ratio (4.00) is much better as a starter; also, four home runs allowed have inflated his starting ERA. Naturally, his stay in the rotation if indeed he is called upon could be short-lived.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-only: Consider

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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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