Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Salvador Perez streaking, Evan Gattis gets PT, more

by Tim Heaney on September 10, 2013 @ 17:26:07 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?

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C Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals C Salvador Perez
Salvador salvaging season

Since going 0-for-5 on Aug. 22, Perez has rattled off a .415-6-19 line over his last 16 games (15 starts). In fact, he recently played 44 contests in 44 days. His head is back in the game following his concussion this summer.

He'll probably cool off a tad, but, as Ron Shandler notes, September streakiness is typically timely for fantasy players. Thusly, Perez, a contact maven who has regained his power in the second half, could be one of the best batting backstops to close out the year.

OF Denard Span, Washington Nationals

With another knock Tuesday, he extended his hit streak to 21 games (he was a defensive replacement for another). In the previous 20 contests, he hit .410 in that time while hitting half of his four homers.

The leadoff stick still isn't stealing as many bases as he should, but Davey Johnson has noted Span's increased aggressiveness against early-count pitches. Often, in such short remaining sample sizes, philosophical changes like this can yield and sustain good fortune.

SP Yusmeiro Petit, San Francisco Giants

Coming off his bad-luck, near-perfect game, he's getting attention as he makes his next scheduled start: Wednesday at home versus the Colorado Rockies. In his four starts this year -- his last three coming from Aug. 27 on -- he sports a 2.05 ERA with 30 K's in 26 1/3 innings.

A sparkling 12.4 percent of opponents' swings against him have wound up empty, which says that strikeout rate holds merit. The homer department probably should be biting him harder than it has, but his home park says that might not be the case. He's not a flame-thrower but has a diverse arsenal.

Such a setup can work for a Giants hurler and should let you test him if you're looking for depth, despite a potentially tough Rox test.

C Josmil Pinto, Minnesota Twins

How much can we really expect Joe Mauer (concussion) to play the rest of the way for a non-contending team? He doesn't have a timetable. The Pinto that's replacing him, meanwhile, has been running hot: 13-for-23 with a homer and four ribbies in seven games heading into Tuesday.

The 24-year-old hit .308 while also clubbing 14 homers in 453 at-bats for Double-A New Britain before a recent stretch at Triple-A Rochester. Physically, there's a Wilin Rosario aura about him, but the power is far less likely to materialize at the Rockies backstop's level anytime soon.

On the other hand, he has shown much better plate discipline than Rosario, and Minny is willing to test whatever works in this experimental, time-biding stage, so Pinto may start at least twice a week even if Mauer returns. Don't hold on too long in shallower mixed formats, though, if he loses PT or success.

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C/OF Evan Gattis, Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves C/OF Evan Gattis
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Missing out on fellow backstops Perez (the goods) and Pinto (trendy) isn't all that bad. Gattis has nearly locked down duties in left field. Jason Heyward (jaw) might play in only a few regulation games before the Bravos' playoff trip.

That leaves a few more weeks for the powerful Gattis to serve the same utility he did earlier this year, when he was receiving way more hype. He's 7-for-21 heading into Tuesday with three homers and five RBIs in September -- gotta love having that from your second mixed-catcher slot.

2B/SS Josh Rutledge, Colorado Rockies

Another September scorcher, Rutledge has dominated the expanded-roster period with a 9-for-18 run, plus a homer, three ribbies and a theft. The right-handed bat isn't playing every day thanks to D.J. LeMahieu, but Rutledge has displayed better results versus right-handers anyway. He's hitting more ropes, as well.

Colorado still wants to make a decision about the keystone for next year, which will temper Rutledge's AB total. For the expectations of a dual-universe MI, his hot bat, which is showing a smidge more patience, can push you toward your trophy even in somewhat restricted work.

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