Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Lucas Duda, Casey Kelly, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 27, 2012 @ 10:20:04 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?

Lucas Duda, 1B/OF, New York Mets

The Mets have brought back the Duda from his approximately one-month banishment to the minors. He'll play in left field - presumably, regularly, since he's a left-handed hitter - and see spot starts at first base. Terry Collins hopes that Duda infuses his club's lineup with some power.

Duda, 26, went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first game back in the bigs. He's hit .239 this season, although some of his plate-discipline marks don't suggest that he should be quite that bad. (Bad, but not that bad.) His strong rate of walks has buoyed his OBP (.335), and he's hit 12 home runs in his 309 at-bats this season. He has some of that pop the Mets seek.

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

Casey Kelly, SP, San Diego Padres

Boston Red Sox 1B Mauro Gomez
The sun'll come out, to Mauro

The Friars will send Kelly to the hill on Monday night against the Atlanta Braves for his first major league start. His likely two-start week seems probable to conclude with a trip to Coors Field. He's the right-hander whom the club acquired in 2010 as part of the package received for Adrian Gonzalez.

Kelly, 22, is wrapping up his second season as a full-time pitcher. Unfortunately, a strain in his pitching elbow forced him to miss most of it.

That's a big reason the gifted hurler has made only two starts at the Triple-A level. He posted a 2.25 ERA in them, striking out 14 and walking none in 12 innings. In three rehab outings with Double-A San Antonio, Kelly pitched 16 2/3 frames and registered a 3.78 ERA, a 9.72 K/9 and a 1.62 BB/9.

Kelly has had an up-and-down and, perhaps unfairly, a somewhat disappointing career thus far. He's quite skilled, if raw, however. This isn't the most exciting week to pick him up, at least in a weekly league, but he has some legit upside and should, at minimum, be an interesting stream option at home for the rest of the season.

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

Mauro Gomez, 1B, Boston Red Sox

Did you hear? Boston traded a few players to the Los Angeles Dodgers this past weekend. The BoSox cleared playing time at first base by including Adrian Gonzalez in the mega-swap and received James Loney in a package otherwise littered (or soon to be littered) with prospects.

Bobby Valentine could platoon the left-handed bat of Loney and the righty counterpart of Gomez's at the cold corner, but what good would that do? Loney is a free agent after this season. His .254/.300/.342 slash line sums up his practically dead promise.

Those in very deep mixed (watch) and AL-only (consider) leagues should keep in mind that it's unclear how Boston will divide the PT. Loney, 27, could be a good fit at Fenway Park. Who knows?

Gomez, also 27, was an amateur free agent signed early last decade and didn't make his MLB debut until this year. Although his background would suggest that he's a player of little consequence, he's been an above-average minor league hitter and has some legit power - unlike Loney.

Gomez batted .310 with 24 home runs and 74 RBIs in 387 at-bats this season for Triple-A Pawtucket. As it should've been, it was his best pro campaign on the farm, and he showed fair improvement from year to year during his rise.

Gomez doesn't have a top-of-the-line pedigree, but he's a pretty good hitter who may finally be getting a chance, at least for five weeks or so. In 46 major league ABs, he's hit .304 with a home run. In some leagues - not many, but some - he has third-base eligibility.

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

Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, Boston Red Sox

Josh Beckett is no longer Beantown's problem, but the BoSox may have interest in continuing to make Dice-K their issue. The Asian right-hander comes off the disabled list on Monday to start against the Kansas City Royals and then has a road start at the Oakland Athletics this week. He replaces Beckett in the rotation.

Let's be honest: Fantasy owners remain uninterested in Dice-K. Here's the thing: Although his results (a 6.65 ERA and zero wins in five starts) this season in the majors, his farm results and his MLB 7.83 K/9, 3.13 BB/9 suggest that he's on the right path.

Matsuzaka has demonstrated for this entire year that his control is the best it's been in the States. In his first full campaign since having Tommy John surgery in 2010, he actually deserves to be cut some slack. And since he's recovered from a strained muscle in his neck that was affecting him prior to his deactivation, he's come back pretty strong. There's a little upside here.

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

Joe Kelly, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

The Cards have shut down Lance Lynn and have moved Kelly back into the rotation. Kelly, 24, spent the past two weeks in the bullpen after making 12 straight starts for St. Louis. He took one for the team because Jaime Garcia was finally ready for action again.

Kelly isn't an exciting pitcher because he lacks punch-out punch (6.40 K/9 in his 77 1/3 big-league innings). He keeps the ball down, however, so that he avoids major damage by his acceptable 3.03 BB/9 and the long ball. He gives up hits regularly, but those hits don't leave the yard often enough.

There have been rumors that the Cardinals will call up Shelby Miller, probably once the minor league season ends and after rosters have expanded, in early September. In what capacity, it's not clear. Keep that in mind, because Miller warrants attention in NL affairs. Kelly is St. Louis' fifth starter right now, however, and he's not a bad pitcher.

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

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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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