Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Heath Bell, Travis Wood, more

by Nicholas Minnix on May 9, 2013 @ 12:45:00 PDT


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SP Travis Wood, Chicago Cubs

San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko
Gyorko settling in

Wood is still widely available in shallow formats despite his alluring stats to begin 2013: a 3-2 record, a 2.33 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP in seven starts (46 1/3 innings). Certainly, his superb start warrants some skepticism, but the masses are usually quick to jump on a player who has performed as well as this left-hander has -- even if he toils for the freakin' Cubbies!

Wood, 26, has stared down some pretty good lineups and yet hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any start. The manager of the North Siders might be overreacting -- just a little -- but he's displaying supreme command of an arsenal that includes five offerings and has become more reliant on a slider and cutter.

This is exactly the type of overachiever to whom fantasy owners characteristically hitch their wagon and ride for weeks, even months at a time! But they have yet to do so en masse.

2B Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres

The organization's top position prospect entering the spring was all the rage when fantasy owners began to realize that he had a legit shot to win the second-base job for the Friars. Like his club, he didn't get off to the best of starts (17 games in, his average was .210), though, so the shine must've worn away, at least for some.

Since that low point, or 16 games later, Gyorko has raised his slash line to .264/.328/.413 on the strength of 19 hits, including three home runs, in 59 at-bats (.322). Come on, folks. This 24-year-old gets it. And he's a good bet to get 20 home runs from second base. Hop on.

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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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