Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Bobby Parnell, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 16, 2011 @ 12:20:13 PDT


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Tyler Flowers, Chicago White Sox

The ChiSox placed A.J. Pierzynski (fractured right wrist) on the disabled list on Tuesday. Flowers, once considered a high-end prospect, has been backing up the veteran because Ramon Castro (fractures in right hand) has been out for a couple of months. The youngster steps into the starting role.

Chicago White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski
A.J. down, Flowers up

Flowers, 25, has struggled to make contact consistently - OK, at all - in his extremely limited exposure to big-league pitching. He's a .213/.362/.298 performer in 58 MLB plate appearances. He's consistently struck out often in the minors, so this isn't a new phenomenon.

This past offseason, the right-handed hitter attempted to focus on being more selective - not necessarily to cut down on K's, just to swing at pitches that were more appealing to him. His .261/.390/.500 slash line for Triple-A Charlotte may not be overly impressive to you, but it qualifies as a bounce-back campaign. In the majors this year, he's 6-for-20 with his first career home run and three walks. He's always been adept at drawing the free pass.

Flowers ripped 15 bombs in 222 at-bats on the farm this year and could provide a nice boost in power from an unexpected spot if you nab him. Castro should return in September and could complicate matters at that point, but for now, Flowers is worth a bit of a gamble.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

AL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Brandon Allen, Oakland Athletics

As Susan Slusser noted in the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's have shown a willingness to let young players retain spots if they play well in place of absent veterans. This past weekend, Oakland called up Allen, acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the deadline, and he's been playing first base while Conor Jackson (stiffness in neck) is idle.

Slusser also noted that Allen has looked comfortable hitting against a lefty and going to the opposite field. The Snakes didn't have the patience to see those things materialize after he'd worked to incorporate those elements. Perhaps the A's will be the beneficiaries?

Allen, 25, is 11-for-39 with three home runs and eight RBIs at the big-league level this season between the two clubs. He's 6-for-10 with a double for the Athletics. It seemed that the club had little desire to play him initially, but he could force their hand. Allen is in the midst of what is likely a make-or-break period of his career. Early signs are encouraging.

On Sunday, Melvin iterated that Jackson remained his regular first baseman. It'll be hard to justify sitting Allen if the left-handed power bat is hitting well. Each player can play multiple positions, at least.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

AL-only: Acquire


Bobby Parnell, New York Mets

Jason Isringhausen notched his 300th career save on Monday night, so the Mets plan to test Parnell in the ninth inning from here on out. The arrangement doesn't exclude Izzy appearances in save sitches - say Parnell struggles a bit or, obviously, is unavailable - but Terry Collins has given the go-ahead to rotisserie players.

In 39 2/3 stanzas this season, Parnell has gone 3-4 with a 4.31 ERA, a 1.59 WHIP, an 11.12 K/9 and a 3.86 BB/9. Those numbers, minus the rate of strikeouts per nine, belie the identity of a shutdown closer, and there are definite doubts about whether Parnell has the makeup to own the role. He's been up and down this season, as he has for most of his career, which is littered with high control rates.

Parnell's indicators this year suggest that he's been the victim of some of what statistical analysts refer to as misfortune. He has a ground-ball rate that hovers around 50 percent and induces swinging strikes more than 10 percent of the time. Parnell has some of the goods, so anyone looking for saves at this stage of the game probably won't do much better than this 26-year-old right-hander, if no one is stashing him.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Casey Coleman, Chicago Cubs

Coleman will replace Carlos Zambrano, who's on the disqualified list for the time being (and perhaps the full 30 days, depending on the outcome of an as-yet filed appeal by the players' union), in the rotation, beginning on Wednesday. This should've set off a stampede to your league's waiver wire this past weekend, but if it didn't, giddy up.

In 12 starts (74 frames) at Triple-A Iowa, Coleman, 24, is 5-2 with a 3.65 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, a 6.57 K/9 and a 2.68 BB/9. He was solid in a spot start for the Cubbies on Independence Day. He's been largely disastrous for Chicago otherwise, however, with a 7.23 ERA, a 1.94 WHIP, a 6.59 K/9 and a 5.95 BB/9. You might call that the result of a dash of bad luck, but even corrections for the lefty aren't assured. Besides, who knows what will come of Big Z's situation. About that stampede thing? Just kidding, of course.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

NL-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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