Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Matt Carpenter, Jackie Bradley, more

by Nicholas Minnix on April 1, 2013 @ 14:05:02 PDT


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St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter
Active Carp can be difference-maker

Matt Carpenter, 1B/3B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals

This is an astute move for those who are jumping on the Cards' opening day third baseman, who's filling in for David Freese (bruised tailbone) for what's likely a short stretch. Carpenter is a .283/.359/.447 hitter in 359 plate appearances lifetime and projects to be a must-have in OBP leagues, particularly.

The left-handed batter with above-average plate discipline should approach 15 home runs. Such a forecasted total is more desirable from someone who mans second base - where Carpenter will play for St. Louis once Freese returns from the DL.

Jackie Bradley, OF, Boston Red Sox

MLB and fantasy pundits have been buzzing about Bradley for weeks because of his solid all-around game, athleticism and instincts. His superb spring (.419 average, two home runs and two stolen bases in 62 at-bats) turned up the noise. The BoSox couldn't find another excuse to leave him off the opening day roster, especially because they'll be without David Ortiz (soreness in both heels) for a few weeks, maybe longer, to begin the season.

Bradley, who turns 23 on the 19th, has time to make an impression and contribute a few stolen bases while batting near the bottom of the order. He could convince management that he belongs on the 25-man once Big Papi returns. Bradley has no experience above Double-A ball, though, and he'd probably be exposed with regular ABs in the long term. The projected short stay is likely a reason that Boston was willing to carry him. Ride him while you can.

Mitchell Boggs, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

Most fantasy owners should find a way to stash the fill-in for Jason Motte (strained flexor tendon in elbow). Boggs is a hard-throwing right-hander who may muster a modest 7.00 K/9, or a bit better, but he coaxes ground balls off the bat more than 50 percent of the time and doesn't hurt himself often with the base on balls on the long ball.

Motte is expected to miss only a few weeks, but based on the possibility that this injury is the prequel of something more serious, Boggs is a no-brainer to have around.

Joaquin Benoit, RP, Detroit Tigers

The Tigers demoted 22-year-old right-hander Bruce Rondon once he demonstrated that he wasn't quite ready for the task of closing - really, relieving period - at the major league level. Motown is closing by committee for the foreseeable future.

Jim Leyland has professed his desire to stay away from Benoit in the ninth, citing his belief that the right-hander doesn't bounce back well. Statistics dispel the skipper's notion, however; Benoit is probably the Tigers' most dependable bullpen arm. He leads the pack of possible additions (Phil Coke, Octavio Dotel, Al Alburquerque and, perhaps, Brayan Villarreal among them).

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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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