Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

by Nicholas Minnix on August 12, 2010 @ 12:45:00 PDT


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?'s Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you fantasy baseball tips and insight to sort through the masses quickly.


Acquire Add player (in most circumstances)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)



Brayan Pena, C, Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals C Brayan Pena
Kendall has company

Manager Ned Yost vowed to get his backup backstop about 15 games' worth of PT the rest of the way. That doesn't sound terribly exciting, but Pena, 28, still has some overlooked upside. He may not be KC's long-term answer behind the plate, but he has a shot.

Pena is hitting .173 this year - in 52 at-bats. He could very well be suffering from "I don't play much, so when I do, I have to show 'em something" syndrome; he's posting by far the highest strikeout rate of his career. It has to be a little disappointing to expect a chance to grow, only to sit, nearly all the time, behind the aging Jason Kendall.

Last season, in 165 at-bats, Pena batted .273 with six homers. There's a glimmer of evidence that he still has some upside, and he's approaching the age at which middling catchers typically begin to show power improvement.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Pass

AL-only: Consider

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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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