Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Adam Eaton heating up, Christian Yelich maturing, more

by Nicholas Minnix on September 3, 2013 @ 11:51:00 PDT


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OF Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins

Miami Marlins OF Christian Yelich
Brighter immediate future

They love them. They hate them. They love them again? Here's a hot young prospect who took a couple of weeks to adjust to major league pitching. Even then, Yelich wasn't producing in the core counting categories of home runs and stolen bases. Aren't those the kinds of things he's supposed to be able to do?

Yelich, 21, has batted .293 with four doubles, three home runs and four stolen bases in his last 25 games. That's more like it. He's also drawn 14 walks against 22 strikeouts in this span. September is off to a pretty good start for Yelich, and his indicators are starting to look an awful lot like those from his days of long ago, in the minors.

3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

The call-up of Arenado, 22, in late April generated plenty of fantasy fanfare, but he hasn't been much of a crowd pleaser. He batted .226 with four home runs through his first 30 games (29 starts). He had a sweet June (a .303 average and three dingers) but cooled off again for a few weeks.

The lauded third baseman has hit .329 with three round-trippers in his last 40 games, however. Arenado's August was littered with multi-hit affairs. He entered the season's final month with three hits in eight at-bats.

The right-handed hitter has performed better at home -- about 50 points, as far as his BA is concerned -- as fantasy owners would expect. Colorado has a potentially tough road trip coming up, but Arenado has provided subtle signs that his marks away from Coors Field are improving.

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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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