KFFL.com'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?
Brett Wallace, 1B/3B, Houston Astros
This past weekend, Houston traded Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks and then recalled Brett Wallace, who's expected to play some first base and third base. Bradley Mills even considers the left-handed hitter an emergency option at shortstop; Wallace played at the 6 with Triple-A Oklahoma City for nine games.
Wallace, 25, has been successful with each of his minor league clubs. This season, for Class AAA Oklahoma City, he's batted .300 with 16 homers in 310 at-bats. He's regained the 20- to 25-homer power that deserted him in 2011.
Until this year, when he went 12-for-36 with a couple of dingers and six walks in an early-season stint, the 2008 first-round pick hadn't displayed much of that fine wood in the majors, though. Aiding Wallace's cause this time around should be the great strides he made in his ability to hit southpaws; according to Minor League Central, he's hit .306/.372/.537 in 137 plate appearances against lefties.
Wallace has matured in a number of ways, and he still has the pedigree of a natural, above-average batsman. He's running out of chances, but even mixed leaguers may be willing to give him one this time.
10-tm mixed: Watch
12-tm mixed: Consider
15-tm mixed: Acquire
Mark Rogers, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
The Brew Crew shipped Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, of course. Rogers, the replacement, was quite good in his 2012 MLB debut on Sunday; he allowed six hits, two runs and a walk and recorded seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings against the Washington Nationals.
That kind of performance befits the No. 5 overall draft choice of 2004. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-hander hasn't lived up to his billing for much of his professional career. He has a 4.60 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP lifetime on the farm. His K/9 has dipped, from around 12.00 to around 7.00, as he's climbed the ladder, and control has long been a problem for him.
Rogers has had an injury-marred career, however. He appeared to be back on track in 2010, but injuries ruined 2011 for him. Rogers has spent the majority of this campaign searching for his form and a comfort level. If recent results are any indication, he has done so. In his last three starts, Rogers was practically unbeatable (nine hits, two runs and five walks allowed, with 20 K's, in 19 frames). His velocity is back in the mid-90s and occasionally touches the upper 90s.
Rumor is that Milwaukee is willing to trade Shaun Marcum (discomfort in right elbow) via waivers in August, after he returns from the DL. Such a transaction would all but cement Rogers' spot for the rest of this campaign. He's worth a shot in deep setups.
10-tm mixed: Watch
12-tm mixed: Watch
15-tm mixed: Acquire
Armando Galarraga, SP, Houston Astros
The Astros moved Wandy Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is what they decided to contribute to our free-agent pools.
Once upon a time (in 2008, to be more precise), this right-hander was kind of fantasy useful. As you'll recollect, Galarraga pitched a perfect game that wasn't to be in 2010 for the Detroit Tigers. In his return to the bigs this past weekend, he gave up five hits, two earned runs and a walk, with five strikeouts, in five stanzas against the Pittsburgh Pirates (and, incidentally, the Magic Wandy himself).
Overall, Galarraga, 30, has never been much of a fantasy asset (4.68 ERA, 5.36 FIP, 4.87 xFIP). His minor league marks, including those from this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, don't hint at some kind of dramatic change in his MLB fortunes.
10-tm mixed: Pass
12-tm mixed: Pass
15-tm mixed: Pass
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
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