Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Josh Rutledge, Alexi Ogando, Trayvon Robinson, David Cooper
KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?
The Rockies promoted their 2010 third-round pick from the University of Alabama after the All-Star break, initially to take Todd Helton's roster spot. Troy Tulowitzki (strained groin) was already on the DL, so the club had little reason not to play one of their best infield prospects.
The Marco Scutaro trade virtually assures fantasy owners that Rutledge's performance will be all that dictates his PT for the rest of the season. In 61 plate appearances, he's posted a .379/.393/.638 slash line. Rutledge batted .306/.338/.508 (13 home runs, 14 stolen bases) for Double-A Tulsa before his promotion and should be somewhat polished because of his college experience.
The 23-year-old hadn't appeared above the Class AA level prior to his summons to the parent club, and his BB/K suggests that he could still demonstrate how raw he is once MLB pitchers pick up some things about him. But Rutledge has hit well throughout his farm time and is swinging a hot stick.
10-tm mixed: Consider
If you ran this ballclub, would you swap a couple of your Grade A prospects (super fine quality, seriously), who'll be cost-controlled and cheap for a half-dozen years, for a pitcher making $25 million annually? Or something like that? The Rangers have already said that they won't make a deal for a stopgap-like arm. They want a difference-maker.
It seems much likelier that Texas will focus on ways to add bullpen help, as has been reported, and continue to prepare Ogando for a role in the rotation. That's a sound plan. If fantasy owners will recall the right-hander's magnificent work as a starter in 2011, they'll understand why it'd behoove them to get the jump on their league-mates. A pickup of the superb pitcher now is a penny or three saved later.
10-tm mixed: Watch
Consistent contact still looks like it's going to be a problem for the 24-year-old Robinson, but he doesn't have much else to prove at the Triple-A level. He has the capacity to hit a handful of homers and steal double-digit bases for the rest of this campaign, if he gets the PT. He's unlikely to have mixed-league utility.
10-tm mixed: Pass
Cooper, a left-handed hitter, figures to platoon with Yan Gomes at first base for the short term. He continues to be a solid minor league hitter (.314/.395/.540 at Class AAA Las Vegas) with middling power. His MLB results in 69 plate appearances (.292/.333/.431) earlier this season were a little encouraging.
10-tm mixed: Pass
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. Follow @NicholasMinnix
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