Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Tim Heaney on June 7, 2010 @ 13:35:00 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

Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers

Despite his .202-2-3 line in 84 at-bats, Avila will reportedly see more playing time. Gerald Laird (.154-1-6) is also scuffling and is a free agent after this season. Detroit's backstop of the future, the 23-year-old Avila turned heads in a short stint last season despite not seeing much minor league time.

His current clip has room to grow (.246 BABIP), especially with his walk rate displaying his potentially beneficial batting eye. Don't forget his 20-homer potential. Avila looks like a decent gamble to fill in a two-catcher lineup.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Corner infielders

Mike Carp, 1B, Seattle Mariners

Oakland Athletics SP Vin Mazzaro
The A's may have to depend on Mazzaro

With Mike Sweeney (back) hitting the DL, Seattle called up Carp, who's hitting .250 with 10 homers and 31 RBIs for Triple-A Tacoma but is hitting .343 in his last 10 contests. Casey Kotchman is in the lineup because of his D. Will that continue to suffice for everyday work?

Carp isn't necessarily a prospect anymore, but he hasn't received many big league chances to display his 20-homer potential. The M's desperately need a thumper, and he could receive consideration even if he'll struggle to hit .260.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Watch

Middle infielders

Adam Rosales, IF, Oakland Athletics

The super-utility man is looking like a lineup fixture. Skipper Bob Geren wants to use him at first base soon, and he is capable of playing all around the infield. Rosales has been serviceable this year (.280-4-21 in 161 at-bats) and was already useful filling in during Mark Ellis' absence.

His 30.3 liner percentage at least should ease the drop-off from his .347 BABIP. Consider him a decent rental or fill-in along the lines of Jeff Keppinger, with batting average being his main contribution. These commodities are volatile, so don't bank on him.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Danny Worth, SS, Detroit Tigers

He'll get a chance to build on his successful 8-for-24 fill-in stint in May. The Tigs ditched Adam Everett and could let Worth take the reins. Ramon Santiago might be a factor, but the vet isn't helping his cause and is probably best suited as a utility player.

Despite not taking a walk, Worth made contact on 90.3 percent of his swings in his last big league trip. Power doesn't look like an asset for him, so his batting average and his capability to add some steals will dictate much of his value.

The former is a shaky offering, though, considering he has a career .245 farm average. The latter could happen - he stole 12 in 164 at-bats for Triple-A Toledo this year.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Watch

Pitchers

Vin Mazzaro, Oakland Athletics

Brett Anderson (elbow) is on the DL with an indefinite timetable. Mazzaro will slide into his rotation spot and will start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Mazzaro, who primarily uses a fastball-slider combo, showed flashes of talent early in his '09 MLB season, but the home run bug has plagued his MLB development since. He has done a decent job suppressing them in the minors, though, and has also fanned 38 in 37 1/3 minor league innings this year.

He also starts on the road against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday, which might be a better time to try him out.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

AL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

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