Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Tony Cingrani, Matt Adams, more

by Nicholas Minnix on April 15, 2013 @ 13:04:47 PDT

 

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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? Are they worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

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Tony Cingrani, SP, Cincinnati Reds

Houston Astros OF Chris Carter
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One of baseball's top pitching prospects is the rumored replacement for Johnny Cueto (strained lat), who's expected to be placed on the disabled list on Monday. Have a look at Cingrani's numbers on Fangraphs, and you'll understand exactly why rotisserie and head-to-head managers everywhere want to pick him up, even though nothing is official.

It's unclear how serious Cueto's injury is. Mike Leake (6.75 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 12 innings thus far) will almost certainly receive more than two starts to prove his mettle. Cingrani may not make more than a couple of appearances -- if Cincy calls upon him at all -- but there's a ton of long-term upside here if he sticks around.

Edward Mujica, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

The outlook for Jason Motte (partial tear of UCL in right elbow) hasn't changed. (It's not good.) Mitchell Boggs' has, however. (It's become worse.) The right-hander blew another save opp on Sunday. It's his second awful appearance in three outings, and his converted save chance on Friday didn't go smoothly.

Mike Matheny has praised Mujica for his recent ... execution on the job. He's getting dudes out. Boggs and, to a lesser extent, fireballing rookie Trevor Rosenthal, have not been so productive. Mujica looks like Matheny's solution at the back end, at least in the short term. He seems unlikely to be a long-term one if Motte is out for the year, but who knows?

Chris Carter, OF, Houston Astros

In 47 at-bats, Carter has batted .277 with four home runs. Those numbers will get fantasy owners to notice you right quick. The 26-year-old has been hitting the ball hard and far, which is nothing new, but the hits are coming a tad more frequently than they did for him with the Oakland Athletics.

As long as Houston continues to give him this kind of PT, Carter should be owned -- even through his inevitable cold spells. Prodigious power is his calling card, and he'll hand it out. Will his contact rate of around 70 percent and a strikeout rate of greater than one-third of his plate appearances affect his performance? Will that or the pending return of Fernando Martinez (strained oblique) affect his playing time? Not if first baseman Brett Wallace (.042 BA in 24 at-bats) continues to struggle.

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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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