Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on May 3, 2010 @ 15:48:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

Fantasy baseball waivers and the acquisition of fantasy baseball free agents can make or break your season. Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets won't help you after spring training. If your team remains the same after opening day, you will have trouble competing in your rotisserie baseball league.

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

Key

Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Watch Track player, add if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

 

Catchers

Wilson Ramos, C, Minnesota Twins

Joe Mauer (heel) is week-to-week, not day-to-day, per Ron Gardenhire. We all know Mauer's history with ailments. Often, the word "lingering" is involved.

Ramos is one of the club's top position prospects. He has a good contact rate and should hit for a solid average when he's an everyday big leaguer, but there's plenty of reason to doubt that he's ready right now.

Minnesota Twins C Wilson Ramos
Ramos makes move to the bigs

Ramos has little experience at the Triple-A level. He has only projected pop. He has had trouble staying healthy. But, Ramos has potential, went 4-for-5 in his debut and should play as long as Mauer is sidelined. Monitor this if you need a second catcher.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Josh Donaldson, C, Oakland Athletics

Bob Geren indicated that Donaldson will get plenty of PT after he started his second game in a row Sunday. It sounds like the basis has a lot to do with the way the backstop has handled the staff thus far. He's 1-for-9, the lone hit a homer, with four K's.

Donaldson packs a little punch and might be a nice addition in OBP leagues because of his high minor league walk rate. He could be a bit of a BA drag, though. It's uncertain how long Kurt Suzuki (ribcage) will be out. Donaldson will compete with power-hitting Landon Powell, and maybe Jake Fox, for PT. Only owners searching for a No. 2 catcher should consider Donaldson.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Brett Wallace, 1B, Toronto Blue Jays

Triple-A Las Vegas manager Dan Rohn said Wallace is a month or two away from being an everyday big leaguer. Make no mistake: Wallace is a pure hitter, with .300-average, 25-homer, 100-RBI potential. Stash where appropriate.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Middle infielders

Mike Aviles, SS, Kansas City Royals

The Royals promoted Aviles when they demoted Alex Gordon, whom they want to get regular at-bats. Aviles will serve as a backup MI, but the "incomparable" Yuniesky Betancourt has gone cold after a hot start at the plate.

If Aviles rounds into form, it wouldn't surprise to see him play more. He put up great (though perhaps unsustainable) numbers in 2008. He stumbled out of the gate last season, though, and missed the rest of it with an elbow injury.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Randy Winn, OF, New York Yankees

Winn has had little opportunity, but the absence of Curtis Granderson (groin) changes that. Winn will split time with Marcus Thames, who, as the right-handed hitter, would presumably play less often.

The 35-year-old doesn't have much power or speed left, but he should chip in with a couple of steals if he gets on base. He has always been a better hitter from the left side; attribute last year's fall-off to his terrible showing versus southpaws. He can still be useful.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Acquire

Eric Patterson, OF, Oakland Athletics

Bob Geren said he's finding it hard to sit Corey's younger brother after a recent hot stretch. Patterson says he feels more comfortable because he's getting consistent PT. He has plenty of speed (43 steals for Triple-A Sacramento last year).

The run may be short-lived - Coco Crisp (finger) may be a couple of weeks away - but Patterson's liner rate and BABIP suggest room for improvement. Oakland has a knack for mining contributions from someone else's disappointing prospects, so think about it.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Alfredo Simon, RP, Baltimore Orioles

Jim Johnson's demotion to Triple-A Norfolk clears the way: It's Simon's job to lose in the short term. Given his starter's background, high velocity, impressive K/9 ability, the slow healing ways of Mike Gonzalez (shoulder) and B-more's desperation for positive vibes, this could be a long-term thing.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Brandon Morrow, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

The right-hander used a slightly lower arm slot, with profound results, for his last three starts: 19 innings, two wins, 13 hits, five earned runs, 25 K's and 10 walks - six in one outing.

It's a small sample, and tweaks like this don't always result in long-term dominance. But Morrow, who has a mile-long injury history, says his arm feels great - probably because the motion is similar to the one he used in college. We know he's talented. Sometimes you tuck away players like this.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Colby Lewis, SP, Texas Rangers

Most are skeptical of the busted prospect who spent the past two years in Japan. Lewis will probably give up homers a little more often than he has, but Mike Maddux has helped the righty to be less predictable. The result has been a largely supported 2.76 ERA and three W's. If you need someone to round out your staff, or more, don't wait much longer.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

AL-only: Acquire

Doug Fister, SP, Seattle Mariners

Fister survives with impeccable control (1.88 lifetime BB/9) and groundball inducement. So far, it's working. Some folks are buying into his AL-leading 1.29 ERA. With poor big league dominance (4.88 career K/9), though, he has little margin for error. His hit rate will come up, and run support has been nonexistent. Don't give up anything of long-term value here.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Michael Wuertz, RP, Oakland Athletics

The A's are expected to activate their setup man from the DL today. Wuertz (shoulder) pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings during his rehab stint. It's asking a lot to repeat his 2009 campaign (six W's, 11.67 K/9), but he should still be a decent LIMA type and will probably be next in line behind Andrew Bailey once he settles in. Hopefully the shoulder issue doesn't hang around.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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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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