Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Todd Frazier, Chris Heisey receiving more at-bats

by Keith Hernandez on May 21, 2012 @ 15:48:35 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?'s Jon Heyman reported Saturday that there is no timetable for Scott Rolen (strained left shoulder) to come off the 15-day DL. Before getting injured, he was hitting only .174 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 92 at-bats. It's even unclear if he'll be able to make his way back this season.

At 37 years of age and in the final year under contract, Rolen is near the end. After he dealt with shoulder issues for much of the last seven seasons, it shouldn't be a surprise that his health is already failing him in 2012. His health risk far outweighs the occasional supply of power that he provides, and he's quickly becoming expendable in most deep leagues with his uncertain return date and extremely cloudy future.

Todd Frazier, the former Little League World Series star, has hit .268 with three home runs and six RBIs in only 56 at-bats this year. He possesses plenty of bad speed and makes enough hard contact to contribute in the counting stats, and he should be more productive in an everyday role.

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Rolen's injury will provide Frazier with the chance to prove he belongs in a starting gig, and the positional clarity could help him settle in. If he doesn't suffice, the Reds may explore the trade market. Frazier is a must-own in NL-only leagues now that Rolen is out indefinitely, and he'll be worth hanging on to even if Rolen returns at some point.

Another Red seeing a jump in playing time is Chris Heisey. A lack of consistent PT seems to have hampered him from reaching his full potential. Heisey has teased fantasy owners for the most part but has never delivered. His six September homers last year gave hope for 2012, but he's been in a battle for everyday at-bats with Ryan Ludwick.

Heisey is doing his part to convince Baker to write his name on the lineup card, going 15-for-47 (.319) in May. He has 20-homer power with enough plate appearances, but his high K rate and lack of consistent contact have left him in a platoon role.

Skipper Dusty Baker appears to be riding the hot hand in Heisey, and Ludwick hasn't helped his case this year (.207-4-15). Left field may not be the only place where Heisey can steal at-bats, if Drew Stubbs' struggles (.236/.286/.331) continue.

As long as the playing time scales continue to tip in his favor, Heisey is worth stashing in deep mixed affairs in hopes that the power will come.

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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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