Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Roy Halladay practicing again, Dayan Viciedo launching, more

by Tim Heaney on August 26, 2013 @ 11:41:15 PDT


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SP Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies

Doc resurfaced from the disabled list Sunday, a bit earlier than expected. He looked OK by giving up two runs in six frames (four hits, two walks, two K's). Reports on his velocity conflicted (PITCHf/x said 89 mph was his fastball max; Citizens Bank Park, 91), but he's not built for zoom anymore. The vet didn't yield many hard-hit balls, threw all his pitches and reportedly continued to get comfortable with his arm slot.

Fixing his downward angle should lead to more bouncers from opponents. Expectations for the 36-year-old shouldn't amount to more than those of a back-end mixed arm. At a time of year when reliable free-agent, surgeon-like innings may not be readily available, however, Halladay's entrenched name stands out.

OF Rajai Davis, Toronto Blue Jays

Chicago White Sox OF Dayan Viciedo
Viciedo's business is booming

Melky Cabrera's (knee) DL placement a few weeks ago swung the door open for Davis' PT, and Jose Bautista's trip (bruised hip bone) snaps the hinges for the near future. A Best Available entry earlier this month, Davis finally has earned devotion from diggers.

To the uninformed, that'd seem odd, considering his bat hasn't done much talking (.186-0-3) since we featured him the afternoon of Aug. 5. Smart prognosticators know, however, that Davis' appeal isn't with the lumber, but his legs. He's swiped six bags in that time. Rajai Rule 1: Get playing time, steal bases.

OF L.J. Hoes, Houston Astros

In a different area code, Hoes has been ludicrous (Ludacris?) with a .329/.375/.463 slugging percentage (one homer, five ribbies) and, chiefly, seven steals in his 82 at-bats. Around the deadline, the Baltimore Orioles gave Houston the 23-year-old, who's somewhat of a Henry Urrutia clone: power that could surface over time, but mostly BA- and SB-reliant at the outset.

The bottom-dwelling, future-planning 'Stros are willing to see what sticks. Hoes has a choice opportunity, and his thievery will preserve his deep-league utility. This inflated success is bound to run out before the season ends, though, so have contingencies at hand. The Astros do in the form of George Springer and other young rovers.

3B Donnie Murphy, Chicago Cubs

MLB's August home run leaderboard seems normal: Miguel Cabrera (10) leads. Darin Ruf (nine) is a bit surprising, but we know he carries power. In third place, a few have eight, including Alfonso Soriano, Justin Upton, Chris Davis, Murphy ... wait, what?

An injury to Luis Valbuena and Mike Olt's still stalled performance on the farm opened things up for the 30-year-old, who doesn't look like he'll lose time on this experimenting club. Murph has flashed thump in partial seasons here and there (25 taters over 465 at-bats at Class AAA in the last two years).

Late bloomer, a la Ruf? Perhaps, but, especially since he stands 5-foot-10, 190 pounds and has arrived at his likely physical peak, a 30.8 HR/FB percentage doesn't look sustainable, even in this short remaining sample. If you need the at-bats, he warrants a continued trial. Note that those plate appearances are likely to become less potent as the weather changes.

White Sox OF, Padres SP make up "Best Available"

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