Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Xander Bogaerts arrives, Travis d'Arnaud takes over, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 19, 2013 @ 11:25:48 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?

Hottest Pickups
Most frequently added in leagues polled

Boston Red Sox 3B/SS Xander Bogaerts
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3B/SS Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox

Another of baseball's top prospects is on his way to The Show. Just one problem with the hottest pickup going: The BoSox may use Bogaerts, 20, as a glorified utility player, at least in the short term. Boston has reportedly resorted to this measure to address its post-break performance against southpaws.

Of course, it'd seem like a crime to promote this .297/.388/.477 hitter (combined between Class AA and Class AAA ball) and not play him at least semi-regularly. A few BoSox are banged up, and there are no guarantees that Will Middlebrooks continues to hit well, like he has since his recall. Of course, Middlebrooks deserves free-agent attention, too, in case he does.

SP Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics

Diamond Market urged fantasy owners to pick up this 23-year-old right-hander last week, because his blossoming ability to fan batters and penchant for limiting walks and homers look like a good combo for success. Gray's eight frames of shutout ball against the Houston Astros at the end of last week ratcheted up interest, no doubt.

Gray has been a little "lucky" in the BABIP department, at least compared to his days on the farm. Be wary of possible corrections, but know that the upside is too good to ignore.

2B/3B Jedd Gyorko, San Diego Padres

Beginning with a pinch-hit appearance he made on Aug. 11, Gyorko has been slugging it for prospective fantasy owners: 11-for-30 with three home runs and four doubles in eight games (seven starts). The rookie's dual eligibility, pedigree and solid debut suggest that more may not be far behind, so fantasy owners are smart to pursue the hot Gyorko.

SP Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres

Why they love him: a 1.32 ERA, with 10 walks and 36 strikeouts, in five straight starts (34 innings) since his recall and insertion into the rotation.

Why it may continue: Petco Park (hey, it may help a little), the Friars' coaching staff, Ross' projected competition the rest of the way. Why it may not: Control has sometimes been a problem, his fastball has often lacked movement, and he doesn't have much of a track record.

Hey, everybody has to start somewhere, right? Few better places to do it than in sunny SD.

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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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