Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Dillon Gee, Tyler Moore, Daniel Descalso

by Tim Heaney on June 26, 2012 @ 14:05:57 PDT

 


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Dillon Gee, SP, New York Mets

St. Louis Cardinals INF Daniel Descalso
Descalso gains PT edge

This is why you look at splits. Gee's 4.27 seasonal ERA hides some attractive skills, his 8.24 K/9, 2.48 BB/9 and 52.5 grounder percentage included. Over his last six starts, he boasts a 2.85 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP with 40 K's in 41 frames. In each outing, he went at least six stanzas and allowed no more than three earned runs.

He's shown a touch of a velocity increase since last year, and the improved use of his slider/cutter (label depends on the analysis system) has produced more empty swings. It seems to have better downward movement this year compared to 2011, as well.

A 1.19 HR/9 means a lot of missed locations, however, considering how few flies he yields. Considering he still mostly sits in the low 90s, he wasn't considered a K asset until this season. But golly Gee, it's a true growth year for the 26-year-old that doesn't deserve a cold shoulder; he's still widely available.

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

Tyler Moore, 1B/OF, Washington Nationals

He'll see platoon work versus southpaws in left field with Xavier Nady (wrist) on the DL for about a month. Also, Adam LaRoche's crash back to earth sustains the need for a 1B alternative versus left-handed arms. Moore has gone 10-for-23 in June (.435/.552/.783) with a two-tater game and five RBIs. Maybe the 25-year-old's opponents will be "not just lefties," per Davey Johnson, who's appearing to trust Moore ... more.

His 6-foot-2, 215-pound build produces explosiveness in a compact swing. The righty raker hit 31 homers in both 2010 (Potomac, Carolina League) and 2011 (Harrisburg, Eastern League) before clubbing nine in 100 at-bats for Triple-A Syracuse this season. His BB/K leaves much to be desired, but it has improved of late.

Playing time post-break will likely depend on Jayson Werth's rehab from a fractured left wrist (targeted late July return), but Moore could be a handy plug-in for the interim.

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

Daniel Descalso, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis has started the 25-year-old at the keystone in seven of their last eight games. On Sunday, they even started the lefty-hitting stick against a southpaw, which had been the role of Tyler Greene for much of the year.

The power is quite David Ecksteinian, but Double D holds some attractive BA attributes, including a steady diet of liners and ground balls and a noteworthy walk rate increase. Before an 0-for-4 Monday, he had a seven-game hit streak in which he went 8-for-22 with two RBIs.

Unfortunately, his contact rate falls below average, and he hits at the bottom of the order, meaning playing time is his biggest asset.

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

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