Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Avisail Garcia raking, Ryan Ludwick exists, more

by Nicholas Minnix on September 5, 2013 @ 12:30:19 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

OF Avisail Garcia, Chicago White Sox

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton
Avisail up

Since the Detroit Tigers traded him to the ChiSox, Garcia has batted .344 with two home runs and two stolen bases in 25 games. He hadn't displayed all the power and patience that earned him the nickname "Baby Miggy," but the 6-foot-4, 240-pound 22-year-old has a good dose of speed that Miguel Cabrera doesn't. Consider the average tenuous, but don't ignore Garcia's upside.

OF Jarrod Dyson, Kansas City Royals

Dyson once again has been the main man in KC's center field. Fantasy owners have taken notice because of his .351 average and six thefts in his last 11 games. That kind of contribution in one category can make a mighty difference in the season's final month. Fantasy owners can't count on the hot hitting, but that shouldn't matter if Dyson runs often enough.

1B Matt Adams, St. Louis Cardinals

Astute owners recognized a playing-time opportunity for this burly first baseman when Allen Craig exited the Cards' extra-innings, 5-4 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. Craig has been diagnosed with a sprained left foot, an injury that could spell a lengthy absence for the All-Star.

Adams last night reminded fantasy owners of what he provides: He hit two bombs. He should be added everywhere.

1B/OF Chris Carter, Houston Astros

Carter, 26, has somewhat quietly amassed 27 ding dongs in his 432 at-bats this season. Of course, many fantasy owners have a strong distaste for his .220 batting average, but if they took a look at the distribution across categories these days, they might be more forgiving. Carter has hit .268 with eight jacks and 21 RBIs in his last 23 games, so anyone will take him now.

Best Available
Owned in fewer than 50% of league polled

OF Ryan Ludwick, Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds OF Ryan Ludwick
Ludwick forgotten

It turns out that there have been no lingering effects of the separated right shoulder that sidelined Ludwick for more than four months this season. Of course, he was a little rusty, having gone hitless in his first five games (four of them starts). Since, he's batted .346 with a pair of round-trippers and seven RBIs in 16 games (13 starts).

Ludwick is no threat to win a batting title, of course, but he did hit .275 with 26 jonrones in 125 games last season. Given that fantasy baseball has slowly inched closer to "devoid of power," the right-handed hitter with the backward platoon splits deserves immediate attention.

SP Mike Pelfrey, Minnesota Twins

Bear with Diamond Market here, for just a minute. Naturally, Pelfrey's 4.86 ERA and 3.11 BB/9 don't exactly invite fantasy owners to give him a test run -- especially not when rotisserie standings or head-to-head matchups are on the line. From the looks of his portfolio, the right-hander hasn't made it a habit of being fantasy useful.

This is Pelfrey's first season since he had Tommy John surgery, early last season, it should be noted. Minnesota continues to observe positives for the 29-year-old as the season has progressed, the latest being his noticeably increased velocity.

Don't take Pelfrey's numbers at face value, at least in deep leagues. He's recorded a 3.45 ERA in his last 11 starts, and that's against the backdrop of a .292 BABIP against. Control remains a bit of an issue, and his K/9 will probably never be very good, but it has been on the rise (6.18 for those 11 outings). His rate of ground-ball inducement has slowly increased, too -- an important development for his sinker-heavy repertoire.

Pelfrey won't save your season. He might not even be the best starter available. He's at least someone to keep in mind for 2014, when most folks will probably continue to dismiss him.

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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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