Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Hector Santiago, Fernando Rodney, Jason Hammel, more

by Tim Heaney on April 9, 2012 @ 15:07:15 PDT

 


Your fantasy baseball cheat sheets are no longer of use. KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market series gives you candid ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball league. If they're available in any of your fantasy baseball games as free agents, on waivers or for your FAAB dollars, you'll know whether they make the cut.

Acquire Add (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)

Pitchers

Hector Santiago, RP, Chicago White Sox

Santiago recorded the first White Sox save of the season Saturday, putting to rest Robin Ventura's stopper mystery. Add the southpaw now. See today's Closer Hot Seat for more.

Shallow mixed: Acquire
Deep mixed:
Acquire
AL-only:
Acquire

Fernando Rodney, RP, Tampa Bay Rays

Baltimore Orioles SP Jason Hammel
Hammel deals deuces

Though Joel Peralta, J.P. Howell and others could still have seats on this carousel, Rodney has two closures on the year and looks like at least a frequent part of the Rays' saves picture. Today's Closer Hot Seat will expand on Rodney, but for now, grab him.

Shallow mixed: Acquire
Deep mixed:
Acquire
AL-only:
Acquire

Jason Hammel, SP, Baltimore Orioles

A near no-hitter is a ticket for a pickup in most leagues. Of course, this one could very well be another Armando Galarraga. Hammel escaped Coors Field only to land in a hitter-friendly AL East stadium. His long and winding career, fluctuating role and inconsistent skills have made him a sabermetric tease.

Plus, he dazzled the Minnesota Twins, which this season could be the case for many typically bland starters. This was likely his 2012 apex. But that doesn't eliminate him from having prolonged usefulness, if not a legit breakthrough. Bloated ERAs hid useful dominance and control in 2009 and 2010. He's been adequate, if not excellent, at keeping batted rawhide on the ground. A revelation in the Colorado bullpen last year helped him fix his in-game focus.

Though seemingly lip service, Baltimore pitching coach Rick Adair's comparison of Hammel to 2011 breakout artist Doug Fister can't be ignored. Adair worked with Fister in Seattle in 2009 and 2010. He's now having Hammel deploy the pitch that defines Fister: the two-seamer. Adair also worked on the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder's posture, which should help him get on top of pitches better and maximize the tailing fastball's impact.

Sure, it's one start, but it could also be the start of a bigger find among fantasy arms.

Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed:
Consider
AL-only:
Acquire

Anthony Bass, SP, San Diego Padres

Northpaw Dustin Moseley (right shoulder strain) hit the disabled list, and Bass will slide in as the rotation replacement. The righty boasts a cutter-heavy approach with mid-90s velocity.

Though the frequent grounder inducement Bass showed on the farm doesn't immediately capitalize on PETCO Park's strength, his BB/9 and homer suppression mean he could fit right in with how other Friars pitchers excel. Bass skipped Triple-A, but that might be helpful considering Tucson is a hitter's haven that could stunt an arm's development. PETCO Park can be a more nurturing environment, even versus major leaguers.

Despite his notable spring, Moseley isn't special, and Bass could seize the job. The Pads have several young SPs waiting for a call-up, which could tighten the leash, but if he treads water, at minimum, they won't rush the farmhands. Maybe the 24-year-old can become the 2012 version of Cory Luebke; Bass was already under consideration for a place among the quintet early this spring.

Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed:
Watch
NL-only:
Consider

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