Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Jimmy Paredes, Kevin Frandsen, Andrew Werner

by Nicholas Minnix on August 29, 2012 @ 10:50:39 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?

Jimmy Paredes, 3B/OF, Houston Astros

Philadelphia Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen
Frandsen fits Phils, for now

The Astros recalled the man who closed out 2011 as the club's third baseman and hit .286 with a couple of homers and five steals in 46 games. He failed to stake his claim at the hot corner in spring training, though, and the play of Chris D. Johnson never gave him an opening.

Paredes, 23, he acquitted himself with a solid campaign at Triple-A Oklahoma City this year: a .318 average, 13 home runs and 37 stolen bases. He spent most of his Class AAA time this season at second base, but he transitioned to the outfield in the second half and will be getting a trial there in the bigs, starting in right field. The Astros believe that he could eventually take over in center.

The switch-hitter, who went 0-for-3 with a free pass and a stolen base on Tuesday to open his 2012 MLB game logs, obviously doesn't promise to hit for much power. His control of the strike zone suggests that his BA won't sit around .300 often in the majors, that's for sure. But he has a steady stroke and brings an above-average speed element, and he'll definitely get PT.

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

Kevin Frandsen, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

The Phils have made it clear that Placido Polanco will take a back seat to Frandsen at the hot corner for the remainder of the season. Frandsen has simply hit too well (.337, with a homer, in 98 at-bats) to have him eat pine, especially when Philly intends to buy out Polanco's option for 2013.

Frandsen, 30, is very likely no more than a devotee to the BABIP gods, who have thus far rewarded his faith with plentiful harvests and Charlie Manuel's naivete. One of these days, the Giants-Red Sox-Angels castoff will forget to rub the belly of his cornhusk doll.

San Francisco once had hopes that Frandsen would turn into a regular, but frequent health problems prevented him from making many extended appearances in the bigs, and sometimes when they came, he didn't take advantage. He's a solid hitter, with a lifetime average of .310 in the minors. He doesn't project to offer much power or speed. At least he has an opportunity.

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

Andrew Werner, SP, San Diego Padres

This lefty has been tough to hit (.190 BAA, .194 BAABIP) in his first two starts in the big leagues. Werner, 25, has been filling in because SD has enough starters on the DL to fill a rotation, and then some. He's gone 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, a 6.00 K/9 and a 3.00 BB/9 in two starts (12 stanzas).

At one end of the spectrum, there's "flashy"; at the other, there's Werner. He rarely shows his breaking balls, and he has no offerings that get into the 90s. He relies almost exclusively on generating ground balls, which he's done roughly 60 percent of the time for the past couple of years and did about two-thirds of the time in his first two MLB starts.

On the farm, Werner produced above-average rates of bases on balls per nine (2.31 this year at Triple-A Tucson). He also gave up hits at a much greater rate, however. Be careful. Werner hasn't hurt himself often, but offenses can hurt him quite a bit, if they're on him. At least PETCO Park is nothing like the Pacific Coast League, so he could end up with a better ERA for the rest of the year in the majors than he posted with the Tucson Pads (5.79).

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

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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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