Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Brandon Belt, Steve Pearce

by Keith Hernandez on June 14, 2012 @ 17:30:27 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?

Brandon Belt heating up

Belt's story with the San Francisco Giants is old: Last year he was frequently on the shuttle between SF and Triple-A Fresno, and with Aubrey Huff and Brett Pill around, he's been hard-pressed to find consistent ABs in the Bay Area.

10-tm mixed Watch
12-tm mixed Consider
15-tm mixed Acquire
NL-only Acquire

Things are looking up for the 24-year-old, though; Huff has dealt with anxiety and now a knee injury, and Pill is toiling in the minors. Bruce Bochy, who has been hesitant to put Belt in the lineup against lefties, recently committed to giving him more at-bats, but as Henry Schulman notes, we've heard it before.

Although he has plenty to improve on - mostly his approach against southpaws - he finally made an adjustment suggested by coaches. Since adopting the new upright, open stance, he's shown improvement in June (.269-3-10), including homers in each of his last three games. Belt has also fanned five times and walked five times this month.

The BA may be slow to come, but his power stroke is legitimate. He'll yield more good results if Bochy is true to his word and sticks with him. For now, ride the hot streak.

Endy Chavez heading back to the DL

Chavez wasn't able to avoid his second trip to the infirmary, landing on the 15-day DL, this time with a right hamstring strain. The injury isn't serious, and he expects to be back when he's eligible.

Pearce Tolleson
10-tm mixed Pass Pass
12-tm mixed Pass Pass
15-tm mixed Watch Watch
AL-only Consider Consider

Chavez has the skills - good contact, speed - to be effective as outfield depth in leagues with enough outfield spots. He's not making as much contact as he usually does, as his .171/.202/.219 slash line would suggest, but it could be attributed to the injuries and a lack of consistent at-bats. If he can stay healthy upon his return, he stands a chance to improve his numbers and offer you some stolen bases. Age isn't in his favor, though.

In the meantime, Steve Pearce and Steve Tolleson will flank Adam L. Jones in the corner outfield spots. One of them, likely Pearce, has the opp to stick around even after Chavez heals with no return date in sight for Nolan Reimold (neck).

Pearce and Tolleson shouldn't excite fantasy owners, except for desperate AL-only fly-catcher seekers. With interleague play in full swing and B'more headed to NL parks, Chris Davis, Wilson Betemit or even Robert Andino could take PT away from these two, too.

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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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