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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RP Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox
Late last week, another American League squad shifted things around in their bullpen. The Red Sox demoted Andrew Bailey from the closer role in favor of Uehara. Uehara was chosen over Junichi Tazawa because of his former closing experience in Japan and a short stint in the ninth with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010.
Uehara warranted ownership in cavernous mixed leagues already thanks to his sparkling peripherals (2.10 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 12.6 K/9). There's nothing holding him back from being owned everywhere now that he'll be closing out games for Boston.
Durability concerns have been the only real knock on Uehara, but it appears both he and John Farrell are comfortable with the idea of him pitching on back-to-back days as the new closer. This is an open-ended job for Uehara, and while the team isn't ruling out Bailey recapturing the gig, Uehara may not give them any reason to go back to that well if he continues pitching like he has.
OF Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies
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Revere has been removed from the leadoff spot in favor of the seventh slot in the lineup, but it's not because he's cold. Philly's center fielder has raised his average from .203 in late May to .276 with a hot June. He just snapped a 12-game hitting streak Sunday and leads the team with 20 thefts after swiping three bags Saturday night.
The former Minnesota Twins outfielder has taken some time to acclimate to a new league. This slappy stick rarely hits the ball in the air (six extra-base hits in 246 at-bats, no homers), but his speed is money in the bank. He'll need to generate more free passes - he's walked only twice this month - to keep his average climbing, though. If you're strictly searching for steals, he's your man.
2B/SS Nick Franklin, Seattle Mariners
We knew Franklin could hit down on the farm (.324/.440/.472 in 142 ABs with Class AAA Tacoma), and he's proving to be a quick study at the major league level, albeit over a small sample size. The 22-year-old is hitting .283 with four home runs and three stolen bases and has recorded a knock in 10 of his last 12 games, including three multi-hit performances.
His advanced plate patience and approach are helping him succeed immediately. Franklin's moderate gap-to-gap power plays well with both second base and shortstop eligibility. He can also run a little.
The Mariners have confidence he can hold down the keystone, enough so to consider moving Dustin Ackley to the outfield. There's really no reason Franklin should be available in leagues with extra spots for middle infielders.
SP Eric Stults, San Diego Padres
Believe it or not, Stults has been one of the Friars' most consistent starting arms this year. Maybe his 8-3, 2.91-ERA 2012 season isn't an aberration after all. In his last four starts (two wins) for San Diego, Stults has a 1.84 ERA and is holding opponents to a .210 average.
The key for the 33-year-old southpaw has been control; he's walking only 1.86 batters per nine. The crafty lefty (shades of Jamie Moyer?) doesn't fan many (5.85 K/9), but he's limited his fly-ball allowance, which will always go a long way at PETCO Park. He'll get touched up along the way, but he'll continue to be attractive in the right spots if he continues to pound the zone.
A Rockies pitcher and a minor league among best available players?
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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