Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Nicholas Minnix on September 3, 2010 @ 16:00:00 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? 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)
Consider Add for speculation or because of need
Watch Track player, consider if trend continues
Pass Do not add player (in most circumstances)

Middle infielders

Orlando Cabrera, SS, Cincinnati Reds

The Reds expect O-Cab (oblique) back sometime in this weekend's intense series with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 35-year-old vet offers nothing spectacular in the counting cats (.260 average, three homers, 37 RBIs, 11 steals this season). However, Cincy has placed him in one of the two top spots in their dangerous lineup all year.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Danny Espinosa, 2B/SS, Washington Nationals

Cincinnati Reds SS Orlando Cabrera
Take the O-Cab?

This 23-year-old has only 95 at-bats at the Triple-A level (.295 BA, four homers, 15 RBIs), but the Nats called him up when rosters expanded anyway. Why? Maybe to get his feet wet, but Adam Kennedy isn't exactly a lock to stick around after this season. D.C. moved Espinosa from short to the keystone a few weeks ago to test his mettle there. Hmmm.

Espinosa has a power-speed combo similar to Ian Desmond's - except the former's has more oomph. The Long Beach State product's second full pro season produced a .268-22-69 line, with 25 stolen bases, in 481 at-bats between Double-A Harrisburg and Class AAA Syracuse. It's hard to tell how much time Espinosa will receive, but if the Nats plan to give him a shot at a job in spring training, they'll run him out there a good bit now.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Consider

Outfielders

Lucas Duda, OF, New York Mets

The MVP of the Mets' Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons, might see considerable time for the rest of the season. The club jettisoned Jeff Francoeur. Christopher Carter has provided very little. Jerry Manuel is looking for some power, and he seems to have taken a liking to Duda.

Duda isn't a heralded name but has a solid BB/K and is a big fella. Manuel moved him to the two-hole in his second game because he wants to see how the youngster performs when he sees decent pitches.

Manuel is impressed with Duda's performance in BP, but Duda is 0-for-8 in two games. He has batted .284 and slugged .463 in his minor league career. The 24-year-old hit .304 with 23 homers and 87 RBIs in 425 at-bats between Class AA Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo. PT is on his side at the moment.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Consider

Pitchers

Yuneski Maya, SP, Washington Nationals

The Nats will call up Maya, likely next week, with serious hints that he'll replace Scott Olsen in the rotation. Maya, 29, defected from Cuba to the D.R. and signed with D.C. He has a heater that sits in the low 90s as well as a nice slider and a big hook.

Maya had some issues with walks (10 total) in his 21 1/3 warmup innings in the minors. He also posted a 3.38 ERA, struck out 18 and recorded a 2.83 ground-out-to-air-out ratio. Unlike most call-ups, he should have a refined feel for his craft. Maya is a wild card and still getting his first taste of the majors. He could have an impact in September, though.

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

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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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