Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Josh Donaldson, Samuel Deduno, Elian Herrera, Kelly Shoppach

by Tim Heaney on August 14, 2012 @ 12:14:52 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?

Josh Donaldson, C/3B, Oakland Athletics

Brandon Inge popped his shoulder back into place while playing in Saturday's game. Tough SOB, but unsurprisingly, he's now on the disabled list.

Minneota Twins SP Samuel Deduno
Do you know Deduno?

Donaldson will join Oakland in his place. The 26-year-old has hit .335 with 13 taters, 45 RBIs and a 1.000 OPS for Triple-A Sacramento, but he's come crashing down since June. Ah, small sample sizes.

The power has been exaggerated but exists, and she's cut down his K's in his third Class AAA go-round. Bob Melvin has his back, it seems, and his glove plays well at third base, which should aid him in seeing playing time over utility man Adam Rosales. Donaldson also has proven to be a better hitter, at least in clip, versus righty tossers than left-handers, which bodes well for the righty stick.

His middling power looks a bit better in this light: He owns leftover eligibility at catcher in many formats. That roster management trickery didn't work out so well when seekers of a second backstop tried it earlier this year, but at this point, any at-bats from a No. 2 "catcher" could help, especially one hitting in a revived lineup.

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

Samuel Deduno, SP, Minnesota Twins

The Twins' starting pitching has been a science experiment most of the year, and it's mad science now that Francisco Liriano is gone. Minny's most successful creation since Scott Diamond has been Deduno, once a mildly intriguing Colorado Rockies commodity. In his last five starts he boasts a 2.67 ERA with 20 K's in 30 1/3 innings. Solid, right?

It is, until you look at the accompanying 22 walks. The righty has dished out at least four free passes in five of his seven starts this season. That veers way off Minnesota's control-based course for their starting rubber inhabitants.

The basement dwellers, in the interest of finding something for the future, are willing to let him work through these woes considering his "filthy" stuff, including his curveball and slider. (For the record, Fangraphs PITCHf/x refers to the slide piece as a cutter.) Sitting in the low 90s with his heat and with an increased grounder penchant, the 29-year-old toes the line between "effectively wild" and "Rick Ankiel," as proven by his 58-strike, 103-pitch outing Monday that had the Detroit Tigers hacking at air.

Even if he comes back to this planet, he could still serve as a decent home matchup play, even though his in-play tendency doesn't take full advantage of cavernous Target Field. How's your WHIP standing? Can you afford a drop-off for the upside of a hot starter?

This could fall apart quite quickly, considering how he's dancing around hitters. Chances are they'll catch on eventually, and that 81.9 percent left-on-base percentage will correct itself. He's already an FIP crash waiting to happen. Of course, since there's only a month-plus left, there's a smidge of a chance he beats the odds.

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

Elian Herrera, 2B/3B/SS, Los Angeles Dodgers

A member of an abundant group of Dodgers minor league warm bodies, the 27-year-old had some useful stints earlier in the season when Mark Ellis was sidelined. Now, he's recalled with Jerry Hairston Jr. (inflamed left hip) a DL placement.

Herrera has hit .299 with 19 RBIs in 24 games since being sent back to Triple-A Albuquerque. He ran off an early stretch with a .305 clip in 105 at-bats. Normalization kicked in, and he became expendable as the Blue also got bodies back. He owns little pop to speak of (just three homers at New Mexico this season) and doesn't swipe much, but he could put together the random game that would satisfy single-universe players.

Herrera's versatility and switch-hitting help his chances at playing time, but the Blue still want to find infield ABs for Luis Cruz and, for some reason, Juan Uribe and Adam Kennedy. Some will come at the hot corner. Maybe Herrera goes on another hot stretch and takes control, but it won't yield a giant return.

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

Kelly Shoppach, C, New York Mets

The Mets traded for the former Boston Red Sox receiver, most likely because they were looking for a righty-hitting alternative to Josh Thole that isn't Rob Johnson. Shoppach might offer a homer or two for Senior Circuit scroungers, but there's not much to be optimistic about with his move to a weaker lineup and ballpark.

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

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