Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Josh Collmenter, Pete Kozma

by Nicholas Minnix on September 25, 2012 @ 10:31:43 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 Collmenter, P, Arizona Diamondbacks

St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal
Replacing Rafael

The Snakes are shutting down prized rookie Tyler Skaggs, whose velocity has diminished since he joined the parent club. Collmenter, who has been the organization's dependable swingman this year, will start on Tuesday. Arizona could give someone else a spot start when Skaggs' turn comes up last, but the right-hander remains a firm possibility.

Collmenter has pitched solidly this season, with a 3.92 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and an 8.29 K/9. He opened the season in the rotation but pitched poorly before moving to the bullpen. Since April, in 62 innings mixed between starting and relief appearances, he has a 2.18 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and an 8.41 K/9. He was a semi-popular DM entrant earlier this summer and should be of assistance to close this campaign.

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

Pete Kozma, SS, St. Louis Cardinals

Rafael Furcal (elbow injury) won't contribute for the rest of the season, even in the playoffs (should St. Louis make it to them). This is no shock. Daniel Descalso was filling in for the switch-hitting veteran initially, but Kozma, a September call-up, has wrangled PT at shortstop.

Kozma, 24, has started 12 of the Cards' past 14 games, all at the 6. In that time, he's hit .300 with a pair of jacks, seven RBIs, six runs and a pair of thefts in 47 plate appearances. He has a .298/.358/.596 slash line in his 54 total plate appearances in the majors this year.

In 500 plate appearances at Triple-A Memphis, the 6-foot, 170-pound right-handed hitter batted a mere .232 with 11 round-trippers and seven stolen bases and is a lifetime .236/.308/.344 hitter in the minors. It's probably asking a lot for him to keep this up. But the 2007 first-round pick is hitting at the bottom of this lineup - no pressure - and has a quality pedigree, if not a quality resume.

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

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About Nicholas Minnix

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The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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