Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Skip Schumaker, Brandon Allen, Drew Hutchison

by Keith Hernandez on April 20, 2012 @ 11:44:36 PDT


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Skip Schumaker, 2B/OF, St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay
Jay's wing clipped

More roster shuffling is expected in St. Louis Friday after center fielder Jon Jay (shoulder sprain) injured his right shoulder crashing into the center field wall in Thursday's game. Jay is expected to land on the 15-day DL; he left the clubhouse yesterday wearing a sling on his appendage.

Schumaker (oblique tear) just returned from the DL himself, being activated in the corresponding roster move that involved putting Lance Berkman (calf) on the shelf Thursday. Although GM John Mozeliak said they won't be "overly demanding" of Schumaker upon his return, he's expected to patrol center in Jay's absence. Erik Komatsu and Shane Robinson could spell Schumaker if he needs a breather.

Schumaker, 32, only received 13 rehab at-bats with Triple-A Memphis, so it may take some time for him to get back into the flow. Keep this in mind. At this point in his career, this lefty stick isn't much more than a moderate BA aid. His speed and plate discipline are on the decline, and he struggled against southpaws in the second half last season. He may be best utilized in the right matchups. Schumaker qualifies at second base, too, making him a tad bit more valuable in deep setups.

Jay's X-rays revealed no structural damage or breaks, so his absence may be short-lived. Allen Craig (knee) could return in a few weeks, too, which might prompt St. Louis to try Carlos Beltran in center here and there. These possibilities make Schumaker's contributions a likely short-term happening.

Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed:

Brandon Allen, 1B, Tampa Bay Rays

One team's trash is another's treasure. The Rays are hoping Allen pays dividends after the Oakland Athletics cut bait on the 26-year-old first baseman. Allen is expected to be added to the active roster Friday, and he should see occasional chances to show Joe Maddon that he still has the pop to play in the majors.

After crushing minor league arms for 21 total home runs and 72 RBIs between Triple-A Reno and Sacramento last year, he struggled in the bigs (.200-6-18) in 175 at-bats with the Arizona Diamondbacks and A's. He failed to make consistent contact - 68 K's, 18 walks - and didn't take advantage of his prime opportunity in Oakland.

There is still power behind the stick, but he'll need to put the bat on the ball more often. Time is running out for this former fifth-round draft pick, but if there is any silver lining, Tampa Bay has a track record for reviving reclamation projects.

Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed:


Drew Hutchison, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays took their precious time in determining their fifth starter, who'll be needed against the Kansas City Royals Saturday. Toronto decided on 21-year-old prospect Hutchison over the more experienced Jesse Chavez. Hutchison will be making his major league debut, and he hasn't tasted action above Class AA.

Why Hutchison? Well, it's clear the organization likes his stuff and makeup. He's risen quickly through the system, showcasing an average fastball in terms of velocity but displaying above-average command of the pitch. His strike-throwing ability is something the Jays surely value, and his changeup has become a devastating secondary pitch.

Hutchison went 14-5 in three minor league stops last year, compiling a 2.53 ERA with 171 strikeouts and just 35 walks in 149 1/3 innings over 27 starts. He's fanned 12 and walked three in 16 2/3 innings with Double-A New Hampshire to start the 2012 season.

Though he has made just six starts above Class A in his career, it appears Toronto will give him a chance to stick in the rotation. There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical since he's never faced major league hitters, but sometimes that can favor the pitcher, at least initially.

Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed:

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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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