Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Brett Jackson, Josh Vitters, Jean Segura, more

by Tim Heaney on August 6, 2012 @ 14:42:11 PDT

 


KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

Brett Jackson, OF, Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs 3B Josh Vitters
Pair of Cubbies born

With Chicago's rebuild in full effect, Jackson was summoned over the weekend. Sitting in the two-hole, his likely permanent home, during his major league debut Sunday, he went 2-for-4 and crossed home plate once. He'll play 80 to 90 percent of the time, said Dale Sveum, to build on the .256-15-47 line he put up in 407 at-bats for Triple-A Iowa.

The whopping 158 times he struck out there recall his biggest flaw at the dish, and such players frequently struggle after first-game adrenaline wears off. He's not adverse at taking free passes but has proven to be overly aggressive. The fact he can take walks aids the swipes potential he can immediately offer; he went 27-for-32 in theft attempts this year. The Cubbies don't have many bag takers and might let their youngsters loose during their early 2013 preview.

Even for his tangible drawbacks, Jackson's long-term five-tool potential - his upside has been likened to Curtis Granderson's - makes him a dynasty gem, and if you can take the likely BA lumps, he could also provide power-speed juice down the stretch in single-season leagues.

10-tm mixed: Watch
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Acquire
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Acquire
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Josh Vitters, 3B, Chicago Cubs

Vitters accompanied Jackson on the plane from Iowa. He had been written off as an untamed stick in recent years, especially thanks to his chasing ways, but he's settled down this year in that department. Vitters, who'll turn 23 later this month, has bounced back to a .304-17-68 effort in 415 at-bats at Class AAA.

Though he's been punched out more often than he was in 2011, his walk rate has gone up. He's still swinging at a few too many pitches - and often making weak contact on them - but he's lauded for his plate coverage. It's given him both good and bad steps in his development.

He'll face lefties until he convinces Sveum he's ready for everyday duty. It won't take long to usurp Luis Valbuena, who's merely a stopgap. He's still developing his power and probably will be mediocre in the homer column over the next two months, but he's a sound enough overall hitter that corner infield seekers should pounce.

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Jean Segura, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

Baseball America's No. 2 preseason prospect on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim list, Segura could hit 20 homers a season at his peak, thanks to his quick swing and trunk-like lower body. And even with that build, he has a 30-steal profile, as well. He'll have a chance to touch some of that for the Brew Crew, who, like the Cubs, is playing out the string.

He wasted no time testing out Double-A catchers, taking 37 bags in 49 chances. The fact his last Triple-A reps came in 2009 (19 PA) say that he might struggle versus major league arms, but simply putting the ball in play would serve him well for the rest of the year.

Need steals? Take the bad with the good. The Brewers run plenty, and that's his best way to contribute immediately.

10-tm mixed: Watch
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Consider
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Acquire
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Jerry Sands, 1B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

In his third big-league stint, he'll probably take some if not all of Juan Rivera's platoon at-bats at first base to complement light-hitting lefty bat James Loney. Unsurprisingly, Sands has dominated at Albuquerque in the Pacific Coast League for the second straight season: .286-21-82 in 357 at-bats. Since July 27, that line stands at a blistering .476-6-21, including a two-grand-slam effort July 29.

He'll turn 25 in September, however, so he's dangerously close to Quad-A territory if he can't translate that soon. You only have to hope for at least a few weeks' worth of it, though. His 248 Dodgers plate appearances say he might start clicking.

10-tm mixed: Watch
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Consider
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Consider
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Acquire

Matt McBride, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies

Todd Helton (hip surgery) is done for the year. Michael Cuddyer (oblique) hit the DL, as well. McBride, called up Monday, has a chance for platoon at-bats versus southpaws, at minimum.

Jim Tracy has raved about the 27-year-old, who enjoyed a smidge of hype as a catcher during his years with the Cleveland Indians before the Rox plucked him in the Ubaldo Jimenez swap. McBride enjoyed the Pacific Coast League - as many hitters do - this season to the tune of a .354 clip in 91 games for Colorado Springs, which earned him Mid-Season All-Star honors.

He still dons the tools of ignorance, but moving primarily into the field has given him more time to focus on plate work. He's not one to jog to first much, and that limits excitement, but he's in a power-breeding environment with a few avenues to contribute a handful of homers. Part-time speed demon Eric Young Jr. shouldn't get in McBride's way if Colorado offers their new addition supplemental right field work.

10-tm mixed: Pass
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Watch
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Consider
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Acquire

Nate McLouth, OF, Baltimore Orioles

The O's had to bring him up by Saturday at midnight or he'd opt out and become a free agent. He should at least have platoon-advantage at-bats for left field, a wasteland for Baltimore of late.

The vet claims getting regular at-bats for Triple-A Norfolk has helped him rediscover his swing, especially in his .275-8-22 July sample. Let's not get all that excited over a 30-year-old doing that, but he has proven to be streaky over his career and could deliver a small fix for deep outfield lineups. There won't be much BA help, but maybe a few homers and stolen bases.

10-tm mixed: Pass
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Watch
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