Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Bud Norris, Danny Salazar, more

by Nicholas Minnix on August 8, 2013 @ 15:52:18 PDT


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SP Bud Norris, Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore Orioles SP Bud Norris
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In two starts with his new club, Norris has gone 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 13 K's in 12 innings. Encouraging is that one of those starts came on the road (even if it was at the San Diego Padres), where the right-hander has been ineffective for nearly two years.

The quantity of punch-outs is more encouraging. Norris registered a 6.43 K/9 in his 126 frames with the Houston Astros this season. The righty's swing-and-miss rate hasn't dipped quite like his K/9 has, it's worth noting. Perhaps his first two opponents aided his K total. Perhaps his K/9 is beginning to regress to his mean rate, something north of 8.00.

OF Cody Ross, Arizona Diamondbacks

This veteran outfielder is healthy, and this veteran outfielder is swinging it well. Get on board while you can, because Ross has been known to ride a killer wave for a month or more. He's hit .412 with three home runs in his last 34 at-bats.

OF Robbie Grossman, Houston Astros

Houston has gone total youth movement these days. (Prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, it was only something like 92.4 percent youth movement.) Grossman, a switch-hitter, returned to a .198/.310/243 slash line from his first month-plus in the majors, most of it in May.

Since his recall: .472/.525/.806, with four home runs and three stolen bases. Grossman, 23, may fan more than a fifth of the time, but he takes plenty of pitches, too, and has a little pop as well as speed, if you couldn't tell. Just a guess: He'll play a lot and continue to lead off.

2B/SS Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins

Fantasy owners couldn't be sure of whether to trust this middle infielder who went on a hot streak for a few weeks prior to the All-Star break. Thanks to another warm spell, they may be getting their answer. Dozier has posted a .302/.338/.571 slash line in his last 14 games. He's made considerable progress this season, as a blogger from the Star Tribune observed.

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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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