Fantasy Baseball Diamond Mining: Shaun Marcum, Johan Santana, Rangers CF

by Nicholas Minnix on March 7, 2012 @ 13:40:08 PDT

 


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Milwaukee Brewers shut down SP Shaun Marcum

New York Mets SP Johan Santana
Smooth start for Santana

This kind of thing can make you nervous, but the team has shelved him only through Thursday (so far). There is a strong belief from the organization that it's the same kind of shoulder soreness that the right-hander dealt with last spring. Marcum began the 2011 season on time.

The Brewers are shortening the starter's spring schedule and will presumably monitor him closely. Roto players have little to go on besides the club's evaluation, but this doesn't appear to be a whitewash. Milwaukee has been upfront with its assessments of injuries. Don't downgrade Marcum just yet.

SP Johan Santana makes spring debut

On Tuesday, the left-hander pitched two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out one; 17 of his 29 pitches registered as strikes. He touched 90 once and regularly hit 87 to 88 mph. His deadly changeup was reportedly in form. The delivery was consistent.

Most important: The New York Mets' pitcher returning from surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule felt good during and after the game and plans to toss a bullpen session on Thursday. These are positive signs for the soon-to-be 33-year-old, who as he builds arm strength would seem likely to sit at about 90 to 91.

This won't be the elite Johan fantasy baseball players are used to. He's going to be susceptible to the big fly. But he's a knowledgeable pitcher and incredibly resilient on the mound. Impressions from his initial action and those attributes should encourage roto players to take a chance on him for a low cost, relative to their formats.

Texas Rangers plan to keep OF Leonys Martin in minors

Ron Washington told the team's official site that it'd be for the entire season if his players remain healthy. Initial reports indicated that Martin would compete with Craig Gentry and Julio Borbon for time in center field.

This should eliminate some uncertainty from the equation and increase the draft stocks of Gentry and Borbon in deep AL leagues just a tad. Gentry, a right-handed hitter, is a terribly efficient base-stealer. He's likelier to secure a spot on the club but wouldn't be more than a part-timer. Borbon, a left-handed hitter, has a lot to prove. He could also begin the campaign on the farm but still has 20-steal upside.

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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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