Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Stephen Strasburg, Jonny Gomes, Jamey Carroll

by Nicholas Minnix on August 11, 2011 @ 12:53:07 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)

 

Middle infielders

Jamey Carroll, Los Angeles Dodgers

Washington Nationals OF Jonny Gomes
New uni, same blind manager faith

The Dodgers once again placed a shortstop - this time, Dee Gordon, not Rafael Furcal - on the disabled list. The steady veteran Carroll once again is expected to fill in. The Blue is reportedly going to call up 25-year-old infielder Justin Sellers on Friday. The youngster was performing well at Triple-A Albuquerque and may steal some at-bats, but he's not considered much of a prospect and may join the club just to serve as depth.

Carroll's deal: Pretty disciplined hitter, no power, will swipe a few bases. This season, he's hitting .298 with 40 runs and 10 thefts. Carroll isn't a bad choice for a couple of weeks if you're in a tight spot.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Jonny Gomes, Washington Nationals

Davey Johnson drank from Dusty Baker's coffee cup, which explains why the Nats' skipper named Gomes his starting left fielder for the foreseeable future and began drawing on the walls of his office in crayon.

Between his time with the Cincinnati Reds and D.C., Gomes has hit .219 with 13 home runs, 35 RBIs and five stolen bases in 247 at-bats. His resurgent walk rate has buoyed his .339 OBP, if you're looking for redeeming value in light of his depressed BA (thanks in part to a dipping contact rate) and power output.

The location has changed (for the worse), but the name of the game is the same: Many swings, plenty of misses, occasional souvenirs. If that fits your needs, be a guest.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

This isn't one of those overly optimistic forecasts for a hot name because he's coming back from an injury and it's still well before the time that most others would consider adding him to their rosters. Strasburg is making a comeback from Tommy John surgery, as you've heard, and it's highly unlikely that the Nats will allow him to pitch more than five or six innings in any start that he might make in September.

Ordinarily, a hurler, especially one with less than a full year of MLB experience, returning from this procedure isn't very roto attractive. He'd almost certainly struggle with location and perhaps with command. He might end up gaining a tick or two on his fastball, but he might never come close to the level at which he performed prior to going under the knife. He's likely to have some sort of setback, minor or not.

The organization's foremost focus has been and will be how Strasburg feels before, during, after and between each bullpen session and rehab outing. The results do not matter. To them, anyway. In his first appearance since TJS, for Class A Hagerstown, while on a 30-pitch limit, the phenom pitched 1 2/3 stanzas, allowing three hits, one run (on an opposite-field solo shot) and no walks. Four of the five outs he recorded were by strikeout, and he hit 98 on the gun, according to the news.

Strasburg continues to report that he feels great. He came out of a Tuesday bullpen session well and will pitch on Friday for advanced Class A Potomac. He'll have a limit of 50 pitches or three innings. At some point, perhaps not until after the season, he'll encounter a minor issue that will spark an Internet scare about the future of his career, for an hour, but it won't be serious. The bottom line is that this pitcher, in a handful of September starts or so, can pad your total in the K column. Strasburg is very good and can be of service as long as you have perspective.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-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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