Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Geovany Soto, David Phelps, Rob Brantly, Roberto Hernandez

by Nicholas Minnix on August 13, 2012 @ 14:25:01 PDT

 


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?

Geovany Soto, C, Texas Rangers

New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia
DL for CC

For at least the next couple of weeks, Soto will be the Rangers' starting backstop because Mike Napoli (strained quad) is on the DL.

Soto, 29, is in the midst of another disappointing season (.198/.283/.347), but five or so starts a week in Texas' lineup, even at the bottom of it, makes him more appealing. Perhaps the right-handed hitter has just lost what once looked like a .275, 20-homer skill set, but he should be useful in the short term.

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

David Phelps, P, New York Yankees

This right-hander has been Johnny on the Spot for the Bombers this season. This time, the spot has come up because CC Sabathia (elbow soreness) is on the DL.

Phelps is probably looking at two starts, maybe three. He's been quite good in three starts (13 innings) this season, posting a 2.08 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP (thanks to an elevated walk rate) and 16 strikeouts.

The 25-year-old doesn't go deep into a game, so it's unlikely that he'll be in position to register a win. The quality innings, up to a handful, can be useful to those in deep leagues, however.

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

Rob Brantly, C, Miami Marlins

The Fish will give one of the pieces acquired in the Anibal Sanchez trade a decent look for the rest of the season. Brantly, 23, isn't a high-end prospect, but he's an above-average one who's known for his work ethic and ability to absorb information.

The left-handed batter is still expected to back up John Buck, who has (shockingly) been a free-agent bust since signing with Miami in 2011. The Marlins are committed to Buck in 2013, but they may hope to see that Brantly gives them more incentive to move Buck this winter, no matter the cost.

Brantly doesn't possess a lot of power, but he's homered once in about every 60 at-bats in the minors and has a decent BA profile. He certainly has the capacity to hit for a better average than Buck. If he out-hits Buck, Brantley may convince Ozzie Guillen to play him as frequently as a platoon advantage would allow.

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

Roberto Hernandez, SP, Cleveland Indians

The former Fausto Carmona completed a tune-up assignment this past weekend and will join the Tribe in time to make his first start of 2012 on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He hasn't faced MLB competition since September of 2011, of course.

In his six MLB campaigns, the right-hander logged just two (in 2007 and in 2010) that were roto helpful. In his four minor league appearances (24 1/3 stanzas), he posted a 4.07 ERA, allowed 25 hits and four walks, and fanned 20. His numbers in two starts at the Triple-A level were more pedestrian than those from his two outings in A ball, naturally.

Carmona's rate of walks has encouragingly been trending downward, and he remains a ground-ball coaxer. Those in deep leagues could be tempted to give him a shot and hope that hit the sub-4.00-ERA lottery.

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

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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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