Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Domonic Brown, Kevin Youkilis, more

by Keith Hernandez on May 30, 2013 @ 11:40:31 PDT


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OF Domonic Brown, Philadelphia Phillies

Is this post-hype prospect finally ready to break out? After going 2-for-4 with two home runs and a stolen base Wednesday, it appears so. Brown has five dingers, a double and seven RBIs in his last five games. He's scorching hot. In May, he's 29-for-101 (.287) with 10 fence-clearers, 21 RBIs and three thefts.

His overall line isn't eye-popping (.262/.298/.519), but mechanical tweaks with his hands and balance that were made this spring have given him much more of a power stroke. Remember, Brown is only 25 still, and he's finally gaining the confidence needed with a full-time outfield role. He's succeeding against southpaws, too (four homers, .310 BA).

Philadelphia Phillies OF Domonic Brown
Brown doing plenty

Charlie Manuel is gaining trust in Brown, as well, hinting he might be ready to move up in the lineup. Brown isn't walking enough or making enough contact for BA growth just yet, but the power spike alone justifies owning him in all leagues.

SP Jeff Locke, Pittsburgh Pirates

Locke, 25, has been a nice surprise for the Buccos this year with his 5-1 record and 2.45 ERA over 10 starts. His last two outings (13 frames) have produced two wins, no earned runs, only six hits and 11 K's. He fanned a season-high seven in an impressive win over the Milwaukee Brewers over the weekend.

His fastball doesn't have the giddy-up to create empty hacks consistently (39 K's in 58 2/3 IP), but his location of the heater and his secondary pitches this season has been stellar. He's getting ahead in the count often, too, and a tricky arm angle has made picking up the ball for opposing hitters a difficult task.

Locke won't be dominant for long stretches, but he won't hurt your pitching stats if he continues to stay in the strike zone and challenge hitters. Pitching his home games at PNC Park, which is friendly to hurlers, doesn't hurt.

1B Kendrys Morales, Seattle Mariners

Morales has been an afterthought since suffering a broken leg on a home run celebration back in 2010 with the Angels. He missed all of '11 but bounced back with 22 home runs last season. Even though he now resides in Seattle, his batting eye and contact rates are inching closer to his pre-injury levels.

He's completely healthy and is hitting .400 with a home run and eight RBIs in his last eight games since May 21. As he gains comfort in the Mariners' batting order, he has the kind of thump that will play in any environment.

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1B/3B Kevin Youkilis, New York Yankees

New York Yankees 3B Kevin Youkilis
Youk almost back

A lumbar spine sprain has shelved Youk since April 27, but after playing rehab games with Double-A Trenton Wednesday and today, he's expected to return to the Yankees lineup Friday evening. Staying healthy will be key to how much he'll contribute the rest of the way.

He was likely hurting for much of April before landing on the DL, contributing to his un-Youkilis-like 5.6 percent walk rate. He was also striking out a quarter of the time. He's no longer the Greek God of Walks as he ages, but if he can stay healthy, he can be serviceable for a position at which you don't have the luxury of being picky.

OF Ben Revere, Philadelphia Phillies

Other than his stolen base contributions, we knew there wasn't much else to Revere's profile. Of his 42 hits, only four have gone for extra bases, and he's striking out way too much. Since May 19, though, he's hitting .333 with three steals and two doubles.

The slap-hitter extraordinaire continues to run whether he's atop the lineup or near the bottom. That shouldn't be ignored. Forty-stolen-base speed isn't always available on the wire, either. If stolen bases are your need, you need look no further than a single-category contributor like Revere.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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