Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Mike Morse, Hector Santiago, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 1, 2013 @ 14:30:00 PDT


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SP Hector Santiago, Chicago White Sox

Houston Astros C Jason Castro
Castro: steady

Fantasy owners who pick up this southpaw would have to be willing to live with the fact that he toes the line because of his iffy control (4.3 BB/9). The defense behind Santiago is inconsistent, occasionally awful, too.

He seems to be demonstrating that he's more cut out for the rotation than the bullpen, however. Santiago's numbers as a starter this season and overall in the bigs are considerably better than his marks as a reliever. Contrary to what one would expect, the differences include his K/9.

Now that Jake Peavy is in Beantown, the ChiSox have no reason to remove Santiago from the rotation for the rest of the season. This 25-year-old's diverse arsenal is made to start, and in such a role is where he was pretty successful as a minor leaguer. He's a better mixed league supplement than fantasy owners have realized.

C Jason Castro, Houston Astros

Few seem to have been willing to trust the numbers (a .265 average and 13 home runs in 340 at-bats) that Castro has put up in his breakthrough campaign. Until recently, that is. Fact: The 26-year-old is a top-10 fantasy backstop in mixed leagues through four months.

This isn't a suggestion to drop a disappointing Matt Wieters for this guy, but in a 12-team, one-catcher league or any two-catcher setup, Castro has been one of the most dependable options from month to month. Momentum picked up following his Wednesday performance: 3-for-4, with a homer, two doubles and four RBIs. Are you still hanging on to Miguel Montero, by chance?

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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.

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