Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - NL

by Tim Heaney on June 28, 2010 @ 14:50:00 PDT

 


Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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)

 

Middle infielders

Jon Herrera, 2B, Colorado Rockies

Herrera, 25, has batted leadoff in every game since Troy Tulowitzki (wrist) hit the sidelines. His nine-game hit streak (16-for-39 with five runs) has produced just two RBIs, and there isn't much to indicate he can even sniff useful power contribution.

Despite his empty-BA profile, Herrera has flashed stolen base potential at Triple-A Colorado Springs (15 in 2008, 16 last season) and has a chance to use that in full-time duty. His BABIP is .375, but he can keep the ball on the ground or on a rope.

The Rox can plate their leadoff batter frequently, too. Ride his wave.

Shallow mixed: Pass

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Outfielders

Carlos Beltran, OF, New York Mets

San Francisco Giants SP Madison Bumgarner
Bumgarner to get long look

Beltran (knee) won't return to his homeland this week, but Queens is calling his name soon. Say all you want about his declining skills; you can't ignore a potential 15-homer, .300-hitting waiver wire gift at the fantasy halfway point. Was he impatiently ditched? Can't hurt to check.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Will Venable, OF, San Diego Padres

On another apex of his skills roller coaster, Venable has hit four homers and registered 12 ribbies while hitting .333 in his last 24 at-bats (seven games). His walk rate has improved thanks to a patient May, but the whiff percentage isn't letting up (35.4 this year), which makes him prone to another big letdown.

Venable's performance against lefties also raises doubts, but his improving fly-ball rate and stolen base production counteract that a bit. Owners that must start a deep outfield shouldn't let the southpaw problem prevent them from seeing if he can keep this up. 

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Pitchers

Jorge De La Rosa, SP, Colorado Rockies

The southpaw is expected to rejoin the rotation July 7, barring setbacks. A preseason breakout candidate, De La Rosa kept up his end in the dominance but struggled with his command in his brief 2010 stat line. He was using his changeup more often, too.

Do a quick waiver wire scan; pitchers of this skill shouldn't be floating out there.

Shallow mixed: Acquire

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants

San Fran kicked itself in the Bum, calling up the lefty Saturday. Bumgarner allowed four runs on five hits and a walk in seven frames against the Boston Red Sox - not a terrible season debut, considering he rebounded from an early rough patch.

Management is saying the lefty is here to stay. Alterations in his release point have helped him rediscover his mediocre velocity, and he's developing his breaking ball.

He was stellar in relief duty in the bigs last season. A better mix of his pitches at this level will help continue his growth as a starter. 

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Acquire

NL-only: Acquire

Tom Gorzelanny, SP, Chicago Cubs

The suspended Carlos Zambrano will reportedly return to the 'pen after his return from exile, sending Gorzy back to the rotation. The lefty held it down earlier in the year. Climbing K's, workable grounder potential and a harnessed slider make Gorzelanny worthy to round out a deep pitching staff for those running out of answers. 

Shallow mixed: Watch

Deep mixed: Watch

NL-only: Acquire

Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market - AL

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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 LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

During baseball and football season, he appears on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio on Thursdays and Sundays, and every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.


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