Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Jurickson Profar, Wily Peralta, Shelby Miller, more

by Tim Heaney on September 4, 2012 @ 11:47:01 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?

Jurickson Profar, SS, Texas Rangers

The Rangers' top prospect was summoned over the weekend during roster expansion and on Saturday went 2-for-4, including a solo homer in his first career at-bat. In his age-19 season, a .281-14-62 line with 16 swipes at Double-A Frisco hints at something special. His 66:79 walk-to-strikeout ratio showed he was getting bored with that level's pitching.

Ron Washington might give the 6-foot, 165-pound switch-hitter semi-frequent reps to determine his utility for a postseason roster spot. Middle infield seekers would take that in a heartbeat, but mixed leaguers shouldn't expect a Mike Trout-ian month just because he left the yard in AB numero uno. Texas won't banish their middle-infield vets, and weekly lineup setters will likely get burned if they set and forget Profar, who probably won't initially boast as good a batting eye in the majors as he did in his farm levels.

10-tm mixed: Watch
12-tm mixed:
Consider
15-tm mixed:
Consider
AL-only:
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Wily Peralta, SP, Milwaukee Brewers

St. Louis Cardinals P Shelby Miller
Miller may still start in 2012

The talented righty will take Mark Rogers' place in the rotation as he makes his first major league start on Wednesday. In 2012, Peralta posted a less-than-stellar line with Triple-A Nashville: 4.66 ERA with 78 free passes (4.79 per nine) in 146 2/3 innings.

The 143 punchouts he recorded in that time, however, make a dice roll worth it in some setups. Plus, in 12 starts after June ended, he logged a 3.38 ERA, fanned 9.87 per nine and walked a slightly better 3.89 per nine in 69 1/3 frames. At 6-foot-2, 240 pounds, Peralta carries a big load with a big fastball that touches the mid-90s, and he forces opponents' batted balls to the ground on more than half of their connections. That will help at Miller Park.

Enemies hit him relatively hard early on in his second go-round at Nashville, but at 23 years old, he's had enough experience in refining his command and dealing with adversity that he could use this cup of coffee as a precursor to fantasy relevance in 2013.

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

Shelby Miller, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Miller arrives on the heels of an August (2.89 ERA, 53 K's in 37 1/3 innings) that turned around a disastrous campaign at Triple-A Memphis. St. Louis tried to rectify the situation by, among other tactics, preventing him from shaking off catchers, making mechanical alterations and having him focus on off-speed stuff. Whatever Miller embraced has seemed to work. A big part was probably his long-awaited adjustment to his slimmer physique.

He's not guaranteed to make a start this season, and there's a chance Chris Carpenter (shoulder) resurfaces before September ends. Still, Mike Matheny didn't rule out Miller entering the quintet. Joe Kelly, though a decent pitcher, isn't a rotation lock, and Miller has recently shown glimpses of his ceiling that could favor in St. Louis' playoff race. This worthy stash could pay off with a few productive outings.

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

Xavier Nady, OF, San Francisco Giants

Bruce Bochy is giving Nady an opportunity to grab starting work in left field. His first three games as a Giant all saw his name on the card. After the Washington Nationals designated him for assignment in early August, San Fran picked him up on a minor league deal, and he posted a .364 clip over his final 55 at-bats for Triple-A Fresno.

Maybe playing for his favorite childhood team will rejuvenate him. However, his domination over minor leaguers doesn't mean the 33-year-old will suddenly rediscover his 2008 form. He still strikes out too much and is more of an extra-base-hit source than he is a homer helper. The biggest thing he'll offer to aid your fantasy push will be his potential everyday role, which can go only so far in most leagues.

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

John Lannan, SP, Washington Nationals

The southpaw, among the additions to Washington over the weekend, is the presumptive replacement when the Nats shut down Stephen Strasburg after his start next Wednesday. Lannan has been exiled at Triple-A Syracuse, where he posted a 4.30 ERA in 148 2/3 innings.

That's about what to expect from the ground-ball artist, who's an NL-only innings eater and a deep mixed spot starter.

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

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