Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Todd Frazier, Anthony Gose
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The Reds received some ominous news Monday when it was revealed that Joey Votto (torn meniscus in left knee) would need arthroscopic surgery that will keep him out for three to four weeks. The good news for Votto owners: The surgery will be minor - a 20-minute procedure, according to GM Walt Jocketty.
The clear beneficiary of Votto's injury is Frazier, who had been frequently spelling the struggling and aging Scott Rolen (.199/.260/.312) at the hot corner. Frazier was immediately inserted into the starting lineup Monday in Votto's absence, and he went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored.
Frazier, who hit third in Monday's order, is batting .278 with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs in 187 at-bats this season. He has a strong, quick stroke at the plate with plenty of pop to all fields. Consistent playing time and at-bats have been tough to come by in Cincy, but now that he'll be a regular at first base for at least the next month, he should be considered in shallow leagues.
He carries third base, and in some leagues, outfield eligibility, making him much more attractive. Frazier will soon gain 1B eligibility, too, obviously. If Rolen continues to tank or suffers another injury - not a stretch to envision - by the time Votto returns, Frazier will have another avenue for PT. Dusty Baker is loyal to his vets - in this case Rolen - but if Rolen isn't getting it done in a playoff race, it wouldn't be surprising for him to turn to Frazier more often at third base down the road.
10-tm mixed: Watch
The Blue Jays elected to bring up Gose from Triple-A Las Vegas Tuesday as the corresponding roster move after slugger Jose Bautista (left wrist inflammation) landed on the DL. Thankfully for his fantasy owners, Joey Bats doesn't have any broken bones, but until his MRI reveals more on his inflammation, you'll have to sit tight.
Gose, 22, is one of the best defensive outfield prospects in all of baseball, and he possesses the raw tools to become a starting outfielder in Toronto down the road. His power stroke matured last year with Class AA New Hampshire, where he slugged 16 long balls and also led the Eastern League in thefts with 70. This year, the left-handed hitter has a triple slash line of .292/.375/.432 with five homers and 29 stolen bases with Las Vegas.
His plate discipline remains a concern, though, as he's fanned 93 times in 377 at-bats this year. His struggles against southpaws with the 51s (.187 BA) will likely make him a part-time player in Toronto this time around. However, his wheels can provide you with a short-term boost in swipes in deep leagues.
10-tm mixed: Pass
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program. Follow @keithdez27
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