Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Carlos Lee, Alexi Amarista, Danny Hultzen

by Tim Heaney on July 5, 2012 @ 13:15:33 PDT

 


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Carlos Lee, 1B, Miami Marlins

Seattle Mariners SP Danny Hultzen
Hustle for Hultzen

The 36-year-old reunites with Ozzie Guillen. The Fish demoted the disappointing Gaby Sanchez to clear the way for Lee at the 3. He's slated to hit third in his Marlins debut Thursday.

El Caballo has looked more like a pony of late. He's hit just one homer since May 19 and in that time missed 13 games with a strained hamstring. He's focusing more on making contact as his fence-clearing ability dwindles. A September revival last year showed he has a hint of pop left, but he should be counted on primarily as a doubles hitter still deft enough to compile RBIs with a solid lineup around him.

Miami's slate fulfills that need, but his new home park is hardly as accommodating as Houston's. Though a new environment may spark the vet, Lee remains tepid mixed-league depth.

In return, the rebuilding Astros received third baseman Matt Dominguez and LHP Rob Rasmussen. Dominguez's inconsistent bat tempers the excitement caused by his elite leather. On the bright side, he turns just 23 in August. His batting eye continues to improve and gives him a chance to lock down the job as time goes by. Chris D. Johnson's mixed results leave him as a long-term question. Dominguez's shot at playing time could be worth a long-term commitment in single-universe keepers.

Rasmussen (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) went to the Marlins in the second round of the 2010 draft. The UCLA alum's mediocre numbers in the low farm regions confirm he's more so organizational depth than a promising youngster, but the 'Stros will take such 23-year-old commodities. Considering the southpaw is more about attacking the strike zone than recording punchouts, he profiles as a borderline deep-mixed commodity during his peak years.

Alexi Amarista, 2B, San Diego Padres

First off, let's bunk the notion of rapid power growth. The four homers the pint-sized puncher has hit this year came in the last seven games: one in Houston, one in Arizona and two in the same game at Colorado - three hitter-friendly destinations. Sure, he'll play in the last two a few more times, but this isn't a homer breakthrough, despite the fact that three of those four taters would've been yard-leavers in just about every park anyway. The Rockies' SPs have been less effective than pitching machines this year.

Doesn't mean we should write off his extra-base-hit ability. The 23-year-old is 12-for-25 with 13 RBIs and nine runs in his last seven contests and has moved up to the two-hole over the last three games. Even in this light lineup, hitting second will chip in some plate crossings, and SD will stick with whoever's hitting. Amarista hasn't shown he can take frequent free passes yet posts an above-average contact rate. Also, AA has stolen 15-plus bases in each farm season except 2012; he's not a prototypical thief, but he can scamper when needed.

Amarista can play the middle infield spots plus third base and the outfield, so he has avenues to remain in the lineup. He's more likely to be riding a high wave of production than showing he can be a season-long mixed contributor, but he's got some hints of Jose Altuve in him. Owners desperate for MI help should see how far Amarista can take them.

10-tm mixed: Watch
12-tm mixed:
Consider
15-tm mixed:
Acquire
NL-only:
Acquire

Danny Hultzen, SP, Seattle Mariners

Seattle demoted Hector Noesi on Thursday and promoted ... backup outfielder Carlos Peguero. The best bet to take Noesi's rotation spot, at least for now, looks like Hisashi Iwakuma or Charlie Furbush. Each could serve as a useful single-universe chip and cavernous-mixed matchup play.

Aim higher. The polished Hultzen has recovered a bit after his disaster in his first Triple-A start, and he might need only a few more at Tacoma before he gets the call. The 1.19 ERA he posted in 13 outings for Double-A Jackson is more reflective of his talent.

Get a jump on the competition if you have room to stash. If you don't, once he's up, his services will prompt a mad dash. Yup, he's so good, his sentences rhyme.

10-tm mixed: Watch
12-tm mixed:
Consider
15-tm mixed:
Consider
AL-only:
Acquire

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