Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Adam Eaton heating up, Christian Yelich maturing, more

by Nicholas Minnix on September 3, 2013 @ 11:51:00 PDT


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OF Adam Eaton, Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton
Eaton alive off wire

Eaton needed time to regain the love fantasy owners bestowed upon him this past draft season, before he developed a sprain in the UCL of his left elbow. He's gone .270/.343/.382 in his 42 games played. In his last 20 (17 starts), however, is when the roto goods began to appear: .300/.356/.463, with both of his homers and all three of stolen bases. Hopefully, he's back to normal.

SP Charlie Morton, Pittsburgh Pirates

In his return from Tommy John surgery, this righty is demonstrating that his 2011 breakthrough was no mirage. Morton is 7-3 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 15 starts (90 innings). He'd have the best ground-ball rate in baseball (65.0 percent) if he qualified. His average fastball velocity is a career best. He's allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last six.

2B/OF Dustin Ackley, Seattle Mariners

It took fantasy owners awhile to realize this, but Ackley figured something out while he was on the farm earlier this season. The 2009 No. 2 overall draft choice has batted .297 in 49 games since he rejoined the M's in late June. He became a lineup regular a few weeks ago, and since, he's batted .370 with a pair of homers and a steal. PT is his for the rest of the season.

SP Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals

This lefty is also returning from TJS. Duffy has gone 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP and a 9.45 K/9 in his four big-league starts (20 frames) of 2013. His last two have come as a regular member of the rotation. His control was a bit of a problem prior to surgery, which didn't fix that. Duffy should continue to generate strikeouts at an above-average rate, though.

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