Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Aubrey Huff, James Darnell, Ruben Tejada

by Nicholas Minnix on August 8, 2011 @ 15:40:06 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

Aubrey Huff, San Francisco Giants

New York Mets RP Ruben Tejada

Bruce Bochy gave some security when, this past weekend, he told the press that Huff would find himself in middle of the lineup on pretty much a daily basis. The left-handed hitter has been a big disappointment after he re-upped with San Fran in the offseason. But, in his last 15 games, including 13 starts, he's 15-for-45 (.333) with a home run, two doubles, three RBIs, two stolen bases and a .396 OBP.

We've reached a point in the season at which many mixed-league managers have given Huff the boot. The combination of positives surfacing, plus the presence of Carlos Beltran, makes him attractive to the roto owner who goes dumpster diving.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

James Darnell, San Diego Padres

On Monday, the Friars placed Chase Headley (fractured pinkie finger on left hand) on the DL and officially called up Darnell from Triple-A Tucson. At third, SD may go with a combo of players that includes Alberto Gonzalez and Logan Forsythe. However, the Padres should be more than curious about how the 24-year-old Darnell will fare in his first exposure to big-league pitching.

In his first experience at the minors' highest level, Darnell was hitting .272 with six home runs and a .359 OBP in 118 plate appearances. He batted .333 with 17 jacks, 62 RBIs, a couple of steals, a .434 OBP and a .604 slugging percentage in 346 plate appearances with Double-A San Antonio this year. The Texas League was clearly no longer a challenge for the hot corner man, who spent a large portion of 2010 with the Express, too.

Darnell's power numbers probably won't wholly translate to the majors, especially since he's going to play some games at PETCO Park as well. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has an appealing statistical history in the batting average indicators, it would seem. It's worth noting, however, that, when Darnell made the jump to Double-A, he posted a 0.69 BB/K, but in his follow-up, his mark was 1.08. The right-handed hitter, despite solid numbers with the Class AAA Padres, has just a 0.55 BB/K. It must take him awhile to adjust to a new level and perform with the type of discipline that makes this player with a modest ceiling most successful.

Darnell should get some cracks. The upside isn't great, but he could be a steady player if he gets the chance to work through some adversity. It's not clear how much time Headley will miss, but it should be a few weeks.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Ruben Tejada, New York Mets

Once again, Jose Reyes has a strained hamstring and is on the disabled list. The Mets expect him to miss about the same amount of time that he did when he had this injury around the All-Star break; that was about 2 1/2 weeks.

As he did in his two-month stint earlier this season, Tejada (.250/.338/.274, zero home runs, one stolen base in 195 MLB plate appearances this season) offers little that excites a fantasy baseball owner. It's not just because he's a mere 21 years old. Even those scraping for PT should consider Tejada nothing more than a consolation prize.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

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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