Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Mike Moustakas, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 22, 2011 @ 13:02:13 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

Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals

The Royals' lauded third base prospect has struggled in his first taste of the big leagues. Many fantasy baseball players couldn't continue to bear his marks: .206/.262/.262 slash line, with just one home run and 13 RBIs, in 235 plate appearances. Of course, a turnaround was a good possibility, especially as KC stuck with the 22-year-old and worked on his swing.

San Francisco Giants RP Sergio Romo

It appears that the time to reconsider Moustakas for ownership is not only here. In his last five games, the lefty swinger is 8-for-16 with three doubles, a couple of RBIs, two walks and two strikeouts. Some good signs there. For those hurting at third base, this is a particularly good time to act.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers

The Tigers recalled Inge, whom they'd designated him for assignment about one month ago, from Triple-A Toledo and plan to give him at-bats against left-handers, at least. Inge plays quality defense but took a seat when the club acquired Wilson Betemit from the Kansas City Royals. Betemit, a switch hitter, has fared well against righties but not so well against southpaws.

Inge went 2-for-4 with a home run in his first game back in the bigs, on Saturday. After a pinch-hit appearance on Sunday, he sits at .182/.245/.264 this season. Yes, that's correct: Inge hasn't hit well in 2011, no matter which side the opposing pitcher's arm hangs from. He can boast a lifetime .264/.340/.456 mark against lefties, however.

There isn't much to go on for the extremely deep-league play, which is all he is given how limited his PT might be. At least, according to Motown reports, the outright Class AAA assignment gave him a chance to clear his head.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider


Jordan Schafer, Houston Astros

DL activations aren't ordinarily a reason to be excited about a player's value. Rotisserie players may have forgotten about the former top prospect who was hitting a mere .240 with one home run, 32 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 220 plate appearances with the Atlanta Braves, however. He's now wearing Houston's colors and is expected back at the beginning of this week after missing time with a wrist injury.

Schafer, 24, is an excellent athlete who has endured a few trials and tribulations in his career. This season, one in which Atlanta wasn't counting on him for much, the left-handed hitter began to adopt a more patient approach at the dish in the minors. He saw a great deal more success with it in the bigs, which has given him the opportunity to put his speed to use.

Schafer is expected to play often in center field and lead off a good portion of the time, although Jose Altuve may be staking his claim to some ABs there as well. Right now, it's difficult to forecast anything more than thefts from Schafer because he's forsaken the application of his developing power to become a better hitter.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire


Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants

The Giants decided to take the cautious route with Wilson as he recovers from inflammation in his pitching elbow. Bruce Bochy believes that the strange, self-conscious right-hander could return when he's eligible, which is at the very end of August. Good news.

Although this situation doesn't sound serious, San Fran hasn't been too forthcoming regarding details about Wilson's injury. It's extremely unlikely that the ailment is serious, especially since Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage, but one never knows.

The Giants have gone with a committee in Wilson's absence only because Romo (also with elbow inflammation) has been on the DL. This righty is the clear choice in the ninth when he's available and Wilson isn't, and he's eligible to return later this week. His 1.67 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 53 K's in 37 2/3 innings make him an easy play even if he doesn't step in for long.

Shallow mixed: Consider

Deep mixed: Consider

NL-only: Acquire

Luis Perez, Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays moved Perez into the rotation after they demoted Brad Mills, who was just awful in his three starts. Perez, 26, pitched effectively (3.71 ERA) in 29 games in relief prior to what was his first big-league start, which came on Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. He's been a starter at every stop of his minor league career, so the transition was natural, to say the least.

The southpaw was perfect through five innings and finished with six shutout frames on a hit and two walks, with four strikeouts. At Triple-A Las Vegas this year, he was 2-2 wit a 4.60 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, an 8.60 K/9 and a 4.60 BB/9 in eight starts (45 innings).

Perez's heater sits between 92 and 94 regularly. He'll rely on his slider and changeup a little more often, and he occasionally flashes a two-seamer, but his command is occasionally lacking. The velocity and ground-ball tendency make him of modest intrigue, even though his track record isn't long, however.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-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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