Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Greg Holland, Travis Snider, Domonic Brown, more

by Tim Heaney on July 31, 2012 @ 15:24:34 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?

Greg Holland, RP, Kansas City Royals

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Travis Snider
Snider goes from Jays to Bucs

With Jonathan Broxton on his way to Cincinnati, Holland stands as the likeliest option to take over Monarchs closures. Aaron Crow, Kelvin Herrera and Tim Collins could be in line for chances, as well, but Holland wrapped up games for KC last year when Joakim Soria was indisposed. Not to mention he has allowed just eight earned runs since April ended, while fanning 46 in 33 1/3 frames. Check out today's Closer Hot Seat for more.

10-tm mixed: Consider
12-tm mixed:
Acquire
15-tm mixed:
Acquire
AL-only:
Acquire

Travis Snider, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

He was comfortable in Rogers Centre and looked to be figuring things out with the Toronto Blue Jays in 36 July at-bats, hitting all three of his homers versus southpaws. In Pittsburgh, he'll start in right field and finally have the inside track on MLB playing time, but now he must work in pitcher-friendly home confines.

This won't cripple him, though, because of his gap-to-gap ways and the fact he'll likely see more fastballs and on-the-black offerings in the NL, and more so the NL Central. He has more rhythm this season after altering his hand positioning in the batter's box this spring. Snider also improved his plate discipline at Triple-A Las Vegas but must show it more in the majors; the 24-year-old was basically hitting off a tee in his fourth stint in the Pacific Coast League.

Snider has long teased with the tools that lead to a breakout. With 835 big-league at-bats under his belt, he might start showing more.

10-tm mixed: Watch
12-tm mixed:
Consider
15-tm mixed:
Acquire
NL-only:
Acquire

Domonic Brown, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

With the sell-mode Phightins shipping Shane Victorino to LA and Hunter Pence to San Francisco, the recalled Brown will have a clear path to at least favored platoon duty, if not full-time work. He's come to life of late at Triple-A Lehigh Valley (.362/.412/.489 in 47 July at-bats) following some knee woes. He hasn't walked as much in 2012 as he has throughout his farm career, but he hits lefties well and is making harder contact, a necessary step to help him take the next one in his career.

He's a solid bet in a full season to steal double-digit bags, and he should nab a handful in 2012 to complement his improving plate presence. Post-hypers that carry Brown's potential star power often sneak up on many a league. Don't let that happen in yours.

10-tm mixed: Watch
12-tm mixed:
Consider
15-tm mixed:
Acquire
NL-only:
Acquire

Geovany Soto, C, Texas Rangers

He'll back up Mike Napoli, but this lineup offers plenty of ABs for its No. 2 receiver. Soto was resting plenty as a Cub anyway, so his schedule - and, thanks to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, hitting environment - won't be much different.

Since his mid-June return from the disabled list (surgery on torn left knee meniscus), Soto has clubbed three homers with eight RBIs and a .241 clip - not outstanding, but much better than the sludge he was offering before that. The time elapsed since the surgery and escaping the woeful North Siders might reinvigorate his shaky but often potent stick over the final two months. Single-universe players scrounging for a useful backstop are in luck.

10-tm mixed: Watch
12-tm mixed:
Consider
15-tm mixed:
Acquire
AL-only:
Acquire

Casey McGehee, 1B/3B, New York Yankees

With Alex Rodriguez (wrist) likely out another month, McGehee, acquired for Chad Qualls, should earn work at minimum as the short side of a hot corner platoon with Eric Chavez. Plus, if Mark Teixeira's wrist woes linger, McGehee could see more frequent work at first. His power was dormant for much of the year, but he's left the yard eight times over the last couple of months - good timing for his arrival at one of the league's best homer-embracing houses.

You could do worse if your deep-league CI search has been fruitless; his 12-team stock would rise in no time if Chavez succumbs to his injury history.

10-tm mixed: Pass
12-tm mixed:
Watch
15-tm mixed:
Consider
AL-only:
Acquire

Eric Thames, OF, Seattle Mariners

Thames flashed 30-homer pop with the Blue Jays but was expendable due to their deep fly-catching crop. The left-handed bat has torn up Las Vegas, a la Travis Snider, with a .335 clip and a .948 OPS, but carries a flawed plate approach and leather profile.

Safeco Field hardly excites as a home field as much as Rogers Centre does, but at least he'll receive reps, most likely as the leader of a handedness matchup split over the season's closing two months. The other M's outfield options haven't earned long-term security, and Thames can at least cement his for 2012 if he catches fire.

10-tm mixed: Pass
12-tm mixed:
Watch
15-tm mixed:
Consider
AL-only:
Acquire

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