Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Patrick Corbin, Chris Volstad

by Nicholas Minnix on August 1, 2012 @ 14:53:53 PDT'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?

Patrick Corbin, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Post-Dempster diving

Is Josh Collmenter getting a raw deal? Well, if you own him, you may think so. Arizona is still well within striking distance of a playoff spot, so they probably don't just want to get a long look at Corbin. As Nick Piecoro surmises, Kirk Gibson and his crew must believe that their restructured pitching staff gives them a better chance to win.

In 10 MLB games this year, his first, Corbin has a 4.15 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and a 6.92 K/9. In his five starts, he's 2-3 with a 5.27 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP and a 5.93 K/9. Especially considering the environment and that his defense has put him in some tough spots, he's performed well for Triple-A Reno (3.44 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and a 9.46 K/9), however.

His marks listed at Minor League Central imply that he's indeed as hittable as the regularly high averages on balls in play against him suggest. That's where the danger lies. He'll give up the occasional dinger. But his stuff is good enough, especially judging from evaluations like those from Baseball America, to believe that his MLB rate of strikeouts (as a starter, at least) will increase a bit.

This left-hander has some upside, even if it isn't readily apparent. Like Wade Miley (whom I panned initially, a mistake I realized once I learned more about him), Corbin is one of the club's better prospects. The 2009 second-rounder (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) has two, perhaps even three, plus offerings. He just lacks polish (and meat on his bones). He could turn out to have deep-mixed utility, or at least to be a streaming option.

10-tm mixed: Pass
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Chris Volstad, SP, Chicago Cubs

The Cubs need someone to replace Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm for the rest of the 2012 season. Casey Coleman is just a placeholder.

Volstad, as you may recall (although probably not, because if you actually paid attention, you probably struck it from your memory), posted a 7.94 ERA, 1.65 WHIP and a 5.36 K/9 in his nine starts before Chicago sent him to the farm. His marks with Triple-A Iowa since (5.17 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and a 6.56 K/9) aren't much more encouraging.

Many of the right-hander's indicators hint at some regression to his mean performance. Even the mean performance isn't a good bet to help you in roto leagues, at least for the rest of this season. There may still be long-term hope here, but otherwise, you're probably pressing your luck.

10-tm mixed: Pass
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NL-only: Watch

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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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