Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Andrew Bailey, Josh Donaldson, more

by Nicholas Minnix on April 18, 2013 @ 13:27:45 PDT

 

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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? Are they worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

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Chicago White Sox SP Jose Quintana
That creep can roll, man

Andrew Bailey, RP, Boston Red Sox

The BoSox's acting closer was a somewhat popular pickup this past weekend, but the saves seekers have come out in droves in the past few days. Perhaps it's because he locked down Beantown's 7-5 road victory yesterday against the Cleveland Indians with ease. Perhaps it's because John Farrell said that Joel Hanrahan (strained hamstring) wouldn't necessarily get his job back once he returned from the disabled list.

Perhaps all the above is because, as the Diamond Market noted on Monday, Bailey is pitching in peak form, and as long as he's healthy, he warrants ownership.

Zack Cozart, SS, Cincinnati Reds

Some folks loved this kid when he was expected to be Cincy's everyday shortstop entering 2012. The relative hype died down despite the fact that he'd enter 2013 completely recovered from the Tommy John surgery he underwent late in 2011 and which seemed to have some lingering effects on his performance with the bat in his first campaign following it.

Cozart, 27, began this season slowly but has collected nine hits, including two home runs and three doubles, in his last 22 at-bats (five games). In 163 career contests -- almost exactly one complete season -- he's a .249 hitter with 21 bombs and 89 runs scored. He's batted in the No. 2 spot in six of the last seven. Maybe he'll run a little, like he did on the farm. Getcha some.

Jose Quintana, SP, Chicago White Sox

This left-handed man of mystery may not need to reveal what's behind the curtain if he continues to pitch like this. He's 1-0 with a 2.55 ERA, 17 strikeouts and four walks in 17 2/3 frames despite a rough first outing. Quintana was 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA for the ChiSox last season, too, albeit with a more meager 5.35 K/9 and 2.77 BB/9.

Conventional wisdom suggests not to trust, wholeheartedly, the 24-year-old junk-baller for the long term. He's historically been stingy with the free pass, however, and he induces grounders often enough to be effective at the Cell. Still, Quintana is likely give up hits with greater frequency as the season progresses, and his game is prone to inconsistency.

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Oakland Athletics 3B Josh Donaldson
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Josh Donaldson, 3B, Oakland Athletics

Still not sure you believe in him? Understandable. But his control of the strike zone continues to improve while he's on the big league job. There's no doubt that he has real power, however -- the type that should yield 20 home runs in 500 at-bats.

The A's have an exciting, if unpredictable, lineup, and Donaldson, 27, is well on his way to achieving that much PT, at least. He's hit .242 with two bombs in 16 games. Considering how some third basemen have disappointed thus far, this converted catcher is definitely worth a look.

Tony Cingrani, SP, Cincinnati Reds

Seriously, have you seen this kid's stats? There was a run on this 23-year-old southpaw to open the week, when rumors that he'd probably replace Johnny Cueto (strained lat muscle) in Cincy's rotation for a few starts. Since then, it's like folks have forgotten the whole thing.

Hello! It's official, and has been for a couple of days: Cueto to the DL (for at least three to four starts), and Cingrani to the Reds' rotation. He makes his debut today, against the Miami Marlins. Could it get any better? A little: He faces fellow phenom Jose Fernandez. At least Cingrani gets to stare down the much worse offense, even with Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup.

Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants

At least one scout, prior to the start of this campaign, felt that this would be a breakout season for the defending champs' glove-first shortstop. Which means he's never been known for his bat, even on the farm. But his plate discipline is at least average, and he takes plenty of pitches. Some observers believe that the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder carries latent power, and there's evidence to support their theory.

Are his 2013 numbers becoming part of that pool of evidence? Actually, as Fangraphs' Chad Young points out, with some assistance, Crawford began to take steps forward last year. Entering play today, he'd batted .320 with a couple of dingers in 50 at-bats -- and then he went deep on Thursday as part of a 3-for-4 day.

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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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