Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Gaby Sanchez, Liam Hendriks, Ryan Cook

by Keith Hernandez on June 11, 2012 @ 13:04:16 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?

Gaby Sanchez back with the Fish

The Miami Marlins recalled Gaby Sanchez from Triple-A New Orleans over the weekend, and he went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his return Sunday. The Fish needed a boost to their stagnant O, and Sanchez was hitting .310 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 79 plate appearances with the Zephyrs.

Sanchez, 28, had a triple slash line of .197/.244/.295 with just one homer before being demoted. Miami likely wanted him to gain some confidence down on the farm before bringing him up, and Sanchez said he "figured out a couple of little things."

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A likely culprit for Sanchez's disappointing 2012 is his regression in plate discipline; his walk rate is down from 11. 2 percent last season to 5.9 percent this year. He's chasing slightly more pitches outside the strike zone, too, and he's hitting fewer line drives (10.7 percent). An increase in fly-ball percentage (49.5 percent) hasn't been helped by a career-high 17.6 percent infield-fly rate.

Better plate discipline could go a long way in returning Sanchez to fantasy relevance, so there should be positive regression if the tweaks he made at the minor league level were related to being more patient at the plate.

Minnesota Twins likely to add Liam Hendriks to rotation

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Hendriks began the year in the Twinkies' rotation, but an 0-2 showing to go along with a 9.00 ERA in four starts earned him a demotion. Since then, with Class AAA Rochester, Hendriks has gone 5-0 with a 1.94 ERA, 42 K's and 13 walks in 46 1/3 frames (seven starts).

Jeff Manship is another option, but skipper Ron Gardenhire acknowledged that Hendriks has gained needed confidence since his early season failure, an indication he has the upper hand at a promotion.

The 23-year-old Australian displayed solid ground-ball-inducing numbers throughout his minor league journey, and his steady control rates make him worthy of a stab in single-universe formats if he's called back up.

Oakland Athletics going with closer-by-committee

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Bob Melvin said he intends to use a closer-by-committee approach after Brian Fuentes' blown save against the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night. Fuentes, Grant Balfour and Ryan Cook could all see save opps in the near future.

Balfour, who was also unsuccessful handling the closer gig earlier this year, may get the first crack again, but Cook needs to be owned in any case. For more on this sitch, check out today's installment of Closer Hot Seat.

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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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