Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Nolan Reimold, Chris Davis, Gerardo Parra, more

by Keith Hernandez on April 18, 2012 @ 13:35:22 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)

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Nolan Reimold, OF, Baltimore Orioles

Reimold certainly entered the 2012 campaign flying under the radar in Baltimore. Injuries have played a big part in his stunted growth throughout the 2010 and 2011 seasons, in which he hit just .207 and .247 respectively in a combined 126 games with a total of 16 home runs.

Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold
Finally fitting the Reimold?

A hot start - .351 average, four home runs and eight RBIs in the first nine games - has Reimold back on the radar. The power is still there, as evidenced by a strong September last year when he hit five dingers and drove in 17 runs in 64 at-bats.

He's capable of carrying that growth over to this year, and combined with his potential for double-digit thefts, he's worth an investment. Endy Chavez had a shot at becoming the left-handed hitting platoon option in left field with Reimold, but if Reimold continues to prove himself, that'll become a moot point. Reimold could finally be putting it all together at 28 years of age.

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

Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles

Much like his teammate Reimold, Davis wasn't the sexiest gamble entering the season. Even without Luke Scott on roster, Nick Johnson and Wilson Betemit represented road blocks to consistent playing time, which he struggled with in Texas. However, after the team's first nine games, Davis has started all nine at first base and is hitting .353 with one homer and four RBIs in 34 ABs.

Davis, only 26, posted a respectable batting average last year (.266) with the Rangers and Orioles given his struggles with plate discipline and strikeouts. We know that he has problems putting the ball in play (career 31.2 percent K rate), but when he does, good things happen; he has plenty of pop and sports unusually high BAPIPs in his career.

A hernia injury likely sapped most of his power last season, in which he hit only five homers in 210 plate appearances. He didn't require surgery on the ailment, and he appears healthy in the early going. Improvements in his line-drive rate in the second half of last year suggests some progress. Growth is still possible at his age, and more power could easily come at the hitter-friendly Camden Yards. Dual eligibility at first and third bases makes Davis a tad more valuable.

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

Gerardo Parra, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Parra will be the biggest beneficiary of Chris B. Young's DL stint (right shoulder). The offseason signing of Jason Kubel meant he would be demoted to a time share in left field after he hit .292 with eight home runs and 46 RBIs in 141 games. A.J. Pollock, a moderate prospect in the system, and Cody Ransom could be in the outfield mix, but it's a good bet that Parra will roam center field while Young is sidelined.

For what it's worth, the D-Backs are going with Parra in left, Pollock in center and Kubel in right Wednesday with Young on the DL and Justin Upton (jammed thumb) still sidelined. Pollock's value will see a boost, especially in NL-only formats, if Arizona is forced to disable Upton.

Parra's BA upside and speed make him the most attractive fly-catching option in the desert with Young and Upton sidelined. The lefty-hitting Venezuelan stole 15 bags last season and already has two in limited time in 2012.

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

Juan Pierre, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

We knew coming in that Charlie Manuel liked Pierre for his veteran presence and knowledge of the game. John Mayberry Jr.'s early deficiencies (.219-0-2) have tempted Manuel to lean toward Pierre even more in left field. The Wilmington News Journal's David Hale delves into the Philly skipper's thought process in his growing confidence in Pierre, including his decision to pinch hit for Mayberry with Pierre against a lefty late in the game Tuesday.

Pierre, 34, has the ability to be a disruptor and catalyst atop the lineup for an offensive unit that could use as much production as they can get without Chase Utley (knees) and Ryan Howard (Achilles'). Stolen base potential and the ability to get on base comprise the bulk of Pierre's value. His .346 average is likely to come down, but the longer he impresses Manuel, the more opportunities he'll get.

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

Emmanuel Burriss, 2B, San Francisco Giants

Freddy Sanchez (shoulder) recently had what Bruce Bochy is terming a "minor setback" in his long road back from shoulder surgery. The Giants are hoping Sanchez will be able to return sometime in May. Given the starting keystoner's reputation as a slow healer, keep in mind that this could linger.

Burriss has been the guy at second base for SF; he's started the squad's last five contests and seven of the last eight. Ryan Theriot hasn't been much of a factor in stealing time away from Burriss to begin the year. Theriot has started just twice and is 3-for-17 with three strikeouts and no walks.

Known as a slappy ground-ball hitter, Burriss possesses enough foot speed to contribute to your fantasy SB column, at least until Sanchez returns. His speed alone is probably why Bochy prefers him over the more experienced Theriot at second base. Burriss is off too a good start, too, hitting .280 with three RBIs and two SBs in 25 ABs.

Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed:
Watch
NL-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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