Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Rising

by Nicholas Minnix on July 15, 2009 @ 01:01:01 PDT

 


Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break a season. You may have adjusted your fantasy baseball cheat sheets over and over during spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, though, you will probably have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

Do you need to add players to replace your fantasy baseball busts? Which players can you ignore? KFFL.com's Diamond Market series gives you the fantasy baseball tips and advice you need to sort through the masses quickly.

Key

Acquire - Add player (in most circumstances)

Watch - Track player; consider adding if trend continues

Pass - Do not add player (in most circumstances)

Shortstops

Jed Lowrie, Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox's plan at this stage is to recall Lowrie (wrist), on a "rehab assignment," Saturday. He says he feels strong. Lowrie has yet to deliver on the power promise talent evaluators have tagged to him, but the wrist is likely a partial culprit. The 25-year-old (.245-2-46 in 278 major league at-bats) is still a budding regular, and he has shown a knack for driving in runs (.291 with runners in scoring position) in the bigs. Nick Green has held down the position for a good chunk of the season, though, so we could see a time split early on.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Starting pitchers

Mat Latos, San Diego Padres

The rumor: The Fathers are going to call up their top pitching prospect in time to start this Sunday against the Colorado Rockies. Keeper leaguers everywhere should be ecstatic. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound right-hander's heat regularly hums in the mid-90s and leads the way for two other plus offerings. At Class A Fort Wayne and Double San Antonio, Latos has compiled an 8-1 record with a 1.37 ERA, a 0.75 WHIP and 73 K's in 72 1/3 innings (13 games, 11 starts).

Player Name
Returning Corpas worth a look

In previous discussions, Friars general manager Kevin Towers cautioned about a dramatic increase in innings for the 21-year-old, who hasn't pitched more than 56 1/3 innings in any of his prior professional seasons. The flyball pitcher should fit PETCO Park, but this is likely to be a relatively short audition, with an eye toward 2010. Still, he might be that good.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Relief pitchers

Ramon Troncoso, Los Angeles Dodgers

Fantasy owners of Jonathan Broxton (toe) have to be sour on the news that the toe injury on his right foot is likely to affect him for the rest of the year. They can acquire a little security in the form of Troncoso, who has a 1.75 ERA and has already chipped in a handful of saves. Be cautious, though: Manager Joe Torre has already leaned on the sinkerballing righty for 56 2/3 innings. He's not dominant (5.40 strikeouts per nine) enough to maintain that 86.2 percent strand rate, and his walk-to-strikeout rate (1.62) suggests a correction is coming.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Manuel Corpas, Colorado Rockies

The Rockies are expected to activate Corpas (elbow) from the disabled at the start of their second half, which begins Thursday. The right-hander put off surgery - so far, so good in the minors: 2 2/3 innings, two hits, a walk and three strikeouts. It's not much to go on, and he hit the DL with a 5.40 ERA.

Corpas made strides to improve the consistency of his arm slot, velocity and best pitch, a slider, before the bone chip in his elbow was discovered. It's unlikely that Huston Street will be traded by the deadline, but Corpas is an obvious next-in-line candidate, especially given the injuries in the Rox bullpen.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Also see: Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - Falling

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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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