Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Tyler Skaggs, Scott Podsednik, Dewayne Wise

by Nicholas Minnix on August 21, 2012 @ 16:50:05 PDT

 


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?

Tyler Skaggs, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

On Wednesday, the Snakes are going to give the best left-handed pitching prospect in their organization, by all accounts, his first MLB exposure. The club has a doubleheader tomorrow. This could easily be a trial run for a larger role in September, when rosters expand, as well. That makes him worth stashing in deep leagues, where possible.

Boston Red Sox OF Scott Podsednik
BoSox may need Pods after all

The 21-year-old has gone 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a 7.69 K/9 in nine starts since moving up to Triple-A Reno. One of the big differences between him and Trevor Bauer, besides which arm they use to pitch, is that Skaggs has had no control problems as a pro, at any level.

The debate may rage about which of those two prospects is better. Although Bauer has an edge as far as repertoire and perhaps even talent are concerned, it's Skaggs' turn this time.

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

Scott Podsednik, OF, Boston Red Sox

The BoSox and Carl Crawford are in agreement: It's time for Tommy John surgery. Podsednik, whom the club has designated for assignment, lost and then signed as a free agent, has been in the lineup regularly for the past several days and started again on Tuesday night.

Daniel Nava, who's taken Crawford's roster spot with his return from the DL, may end up with more playing time than the old retread outfielder. He's in there at DH tonight. The return of David Ortiz (strained Achilles') will clear some of this up for fantasy owners.

Nava started off hot when he joined the Red Sox earlier this season, but he tailed off notably after his first 36 games. Bobby Valentine could defer to the younger player, who's also a switch hitter, here. Pods has put up a .349/.375/.434 line, with six stolen bases, in 28 MLB games this season, however, and he may provide the steadier performance.

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

Dewayne Wise, OF, Chicago White Sox

The ChiSox had to place Alejandro De Aza (strained oblique) on the disabled list, so Wise should play regularly, although he may cede his spot to call-up Jordan Danks on occasion.

Wise, 34, has been around the block seven or eight times, but he's a potentially useful player, having posted a .272/.287/.533 line in 94 plate appearances this season. His reunion with the South Siders almost seems to have rejuvenated him, and he offers a mix of a little speed and power.

Wise is an undisciplined hitter, and he hasn't been able to maintain roto-useful performance for a lengthy period. He's a good athlete and has the skills to pose as lightning for a while, though.

10-tm mixed: Pass
12-tm mixed:
Pass
15-tm mixed:
Consider
AL-only:
Acquire

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About Nicholas Minnix

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.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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