Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Leonys Martin, Ichiro Suzuki, more

by Keith Hernandez on June 27, 2013 @ 12:40:00 PDT


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OF Ichiro Suzuki, New York Yankees

Ichiro's ownership is likely to shoot up soon thanks to a modest six-game hitting streak (.346, two HRs, 3 SBs). The Japanese legend is 39, but like Ibanez, he still has valuable production left in him. In June, he's batting .321 with three fence clearers and seven stolen bags.

Miami Marlins SP Ricky Nolasco
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This obviously isn't the vintage Ichiro we came to know with Seattle, but he's aging very well and has retained elite contact rates and speed. He'll need his days off, but with Vernon Wells regressing and Curtis Granderson (pinkie) out until after the All-Star break, Suzuki is one of the Yankees' most productive outfielders.

Barring injury, he should reach 20 stolen bases, too. This could be perhaps the best time to own him as outfield depth in larger leagues.

SP Ricky Nolasco, Miami Marlins

Nolasco could be on the move ... very soon, in fact. The Los Angeles Dodgers are hot on his trail, as are several other National League West clubs. Bottom line: He won't be pitching for the win-hungry Fish come the end of July. And that's probably a good thing.

The 30-year-old right-hander has pitched pretty well in 2013 considering his frustration with the team's direction and the fact that he hasn't had an ERA under 4.00 in the last four years. He owns a 3.68 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 100 1/3 frames. Nolasco isn't as dominant as he once was, but he's stranding hitters on base and is limiting his walks.

He's been pitching in a park that is great at suppressing the long ball already, so a move to Hollywood - another pitcher-friendly environment - probably won't increase his value substantially. However, the prospect at more wins, on a Dodger team that could finally be getting hot, will surely pique the interest of some owners.

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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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