Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Jonathan Villar swiping points, Indians pitchers ignored, more

by Tim Heaney on September 12, 2013 @ 12:02:11 PDT


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SS Jonathan Villar, Houston Astros

Four steals in three games: That'll remind even the checked-out players of Villar's blazing speed. September at the dish hasn't been bad, either: .326-1-5 with 10 runs scored in 43 at-bats. He's hit leadoff in the past eight contests.

Robbie Grossman probably won't get that spot back, even after he returns from a strained oblique. Villar lacks plate discipline, but they'd prefer to test him out at the top for the long term.

The 'Stros discount applies and could win the category for you in mixed leagues where they haven't learned to appreciate the 22-year-old, who could challenge for the big-league lead in thefts during a full season.

3B Will Middlebrooks, Boston Red Sox

Cleveland Indians SP Corey Kluber
Kluber: still overlooked

Even after his 0-for-8 performance over the last two contests, WMB has owned September (.361-4-9 over 36 AB). Nice to see people finally listened to Nick. Middlebrooks' .160, homer-less run of eight games to end August probably clipped his ownership percentage.

Fickle, fickle: Even a bottom-third hitter in this order can produce, especially when boasting such raw power.

OF Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Since his batting average sat at .215 after Aug. 19, Calhoun has rattled off a .375-3-18 stretch over 20 games and 64 at-bats. He's .400-1-11 for September (35 AB) while showing patience. As with Middlebrooks, Calhoun probably had to win back many owners.

Despite his (generous?) 5-foot-10, 190-pound listing, he packs a wallop. Coincidentally, he was forced to shorten his swing. (At Triple-A Salt Lake in April, he fractured the hamate bone of his right hand.) The mechanical change has paid off and puts him in consideration for a 2014 lineup spot. His audition deserves a utility spot on competing mixed squads.

SP Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals

Roark silenced the Miami Marlins on Saturday with six scoreless frames for the victory. He was picked up for a Thursday tilt against the New York Mets and, with a solid game, would increase his hold on the final quintet spot over Ross Ohlendorf.

Roark hasn't wowed with his K/9s at the higher levels of pro ball, but he fans enough to complement his promising control. The 24-year-old grazes the mid-90s with his fastball and has come along with his curveball-slider-changeup cache. Renting Washington's back-of-the-rotation arms, even with a spotty backing offense, typically yields cheap, helpful IPs.

Indians pitchers, Twins outfielder among "Best Available"

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