Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Alex Cobb, Adam Eaton

by Nicholas Minnix on September 5, 2012 @ 09:40:42 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?

Alex Cobb, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton
Eaton into someone's PT?

Cobb owners may have been a little discouraged to see Jeff Niemann return on Saturday from the disabled list, where he spent a few months because of a broken fibula. Cobb had been pitching so well lately! Niemann left his first start since his activation with shoulder discomfort, however, and initial evaluations make a return this season sound unlikely.

Cobb, 24, has posted a 4.28 ERA, a 6.65 K/9 and an impressive 2.38 BB/9 in the majors this season. In his past seven outings, he's 5-0 with a 3.25 ERA, a 7.10 K/9 and a 1.42 BB/9, however. In fact, if you toss out a disaster against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Aug. 18, those marks become a 1.72 ERA, a 7.34 K/9 and a 1.51 BB/9. He's been stellar lately.

The Rays appeared to be set to go to a six-man rotation, if need be, but their intentions weren't entirely clear. Now, they may have no decision to make. It's nice to see Cobb show serious progress toward shedding the control problems that hindered him on the farm in recent seasons, too. He should have some job security and could easily continue his mixed SP3- or SP4-like form in September.

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Adam Eaton, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

The Snakes called up one of their best position prospects on Tuesday. Perhaps a large reason that he's not one of their best prospects, period, is the organization's deep crop of young, touted pitchers. The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder may not stand out in a crowd, but his numbers on the farm stand out a little.

Eaton, 23, batted .381 with seven home runs, 119 runs and 38 stolen bases for Triple-A Reno - in 119 games, because he opened with Double-A Mobile for 11 contests. At his first 2012 station, he put up a .300/.451/.325 slash line and swiped six bags.

Although Eaton's .432 BABIP seems to have outlandishly propped up his average, the left-handed batter has posted very high figures in the category of average on balls in play at all his stops. He's hit southpaws nearly as well as he's hit right-handers, too. The 2010 19th-rounder has displayed outstanding strike-zone control and above-average plate discipline as well.

The Miami (Ohio) product may not be in line for much playing time, but the D'backs scheduled him for a call-up, regardless. Chris B. Young's quad tweak increased the club's urgency, however, and depending on the seriousness of the injury, Eaton could play plenty more after his debut on Tuesday (2-for-6 with a run scored), and leadoff appears to be his spot if so.

Arizona is interested to see how Eaton handles major league competition as they look toward 2013. All three of the club's regular outfielders are under control through at least next season, but Kevin Towers isn't shy about dealing away established players. The media can't even call them "trade rumors" about Justin Upton anymore. Young has been a disappointment. KT may be tempted to see how much he can get for Jason Kubel.

Eaton isn't on your top prospect list, but he's hardly a risk to bust, and he brings help in the three categories, easily. How much will he play? It's hard to say, but you'd hate to see him doing it for someone else's squad.

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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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