Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Will Venable on fire, Martin Perez maturing, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 15, 2013 @ 12:35:00 PDT

 

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SP Martin Perez, Texas Rangers

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra
Parra warrants ovation again

Perez throws hard (average fastball velocity: 93 mph), but in the upper levels of baseball, that ability hasn't translated into a big rate of K's. His stuff is heavier than it is swing-and-miss material, but he has demonstrated the ability to miss bats.

The once vaunted southpaw pitched well once Texas called him up, until he hit a rough stretch of three starts. In his last three (the last of which resulted in his first career complete game), Perez has renewed his focus. He's allowed only 12 hits, four runs and eight walks, with 19 K's, in his last 22 2/3 innings. Perez appears to be on his way to a breakout.

OF Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks

Cody Ross (hip surgery) will miss the rest of the season. It's an unfortunate development for the Snakes and Ross owners, but not for Parra, who had just begun to pick it up when Ross' injury occurred. The left-handed-hitting outfielder is 8-for-22 with a dinger and two stolen bases in his last five games.

The D'backs called up their top power-hitting prospect, third baseman Matt Davidson, on Sunday to replace Ross on the roster. Kirk Gibson said that Davidson will be a reserve more often than not as long as his club is in contention, however, meaning that Martin Prado won't play in left field too often. Parra, with a touch of pop and speed, is relevant again.

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