Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Ryan Sweeney, Darnell McDonald, Sergio Romo, more

by Keith Hernandez on April 16, 2012 @ 12:49:22 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)

Batters

Ryan Sweeney and Darnell McDonald, OF, Boston Red Sox

Oakland Athletics SP Tyson Ross
Ross a boss?

Playing time in the BoSox outfield is wide open now that Jacoby Ellsbury (subluxation of right shoulder) is out six to eight weeks. Carl Crawford (wrist, elbow) is still rehabbing and likely won't return for another week at least.

Sweeney was already seeing consistent starts in right field before Ellsbury hit the DL. The 27-year-old will chiefly contribute in batting average, and he could chip in several stolen bags. He's now cemented into the starting outfield rotation for the time being and should be your first target over McDonald.

McDonald, 33, doesn't have much real value at this point in his career other than the rare start or pinch-hit appearance late in games. He's had much more success against lefties in his career and has displayed some pop with the stick on occasion. Value the PT gain over the skills in this case.

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

Eric Sogard, 3B, Oakland Athletics

Sogard entered the year on the short end of a time share with Josh Donaldson at the hot corner in Oakland. Donaldson, a converted catcher, hasn't gained any confidence in skipper Bob Melvin in the early going; he's just 3-for-25 with one RBI, nine strikeouts and no walks.

Sogard had only one hit in 11 ABs entering his 2-for-4, one-homer, three-RBI performance in Sunday's loss. The breakout showing was noted by Melvin, and Sogard is expected to receive another start Monday as a result. He's at least earned the right to prove he deserves the bulk of starts in a potential platoon arrangement.

From the look of recent minors stats, Sogard fits Oakland's prototypical on-base mentality more so than Donaldson does. Power isn't his forte, but the short and athletic utility infielder is adept at drawing more walks than strikeouts and has displayed an ability to hit for average down on the farm; he's compiled a .295 BA in five minor league seasons. He's not a speedster, per se, but more PT could bring some stolen base chances, too, considering he posted double-digit totals in a few campaigns in Oakland's system.

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

Pitchers

Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla, RP, San Francisco Giants

Although technically not "official" yet, Brian Wilson is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to correct more problems with his right elbow. He'll miss the rest of the season.

The Beard's absence paves the way for the mini-beard, Romo, and Casilla. Bruce Bochy plans to go with a closer by committee that could also involve lefty Javier Lopez. Tim expands on this sitch in the latest installment of Closer Hot Seat.

Shallow mixed: Acquire
Deep mixed:
Acquire
NL-only:
Acquire

Tyson Ross, SP, Oakland Athletics

Looking to bolster your starting pitching depth already? Don't forget about Ross. He'll be recalled from Triple-A Sacramento Tuesday to make his season debut against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The A's haven't needed a fifth hurler until now, so Ross has been staying sharp in Class AAA, where he went 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA, four strikeouts and three walks in nine frames (two starts).

In six starts last year, Ross went 3-3 with a 2.75 ERA and 24 K's in 36 innings. The soon-to-be 25-year-old righty makes his living pitching to contact with a low-90s heater that plays well at O.co Coliseum in Oakland. His spotty command, especially against lefties, makes him vulnerable to disappointing outings, but he can be serviceable in the right matchups.

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

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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