Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Rajai Davis a steal, SP ready to shine

by Tim Heaney on April 1, 2014 @ 10:15:31 PDT


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Rajai Davis, OF, Detroit Tigers
Should be sliding onto your team

OF Rajai Davis, Detroit Tigers

Even when he's a part-timer, he runs. Davis averaged nearly 42 swipes per year since 2010, his only season with 500-plus PA. Despite his flat production to date versus RHP, injuries to Andy Dirks (back) and Don Kelly (hamstring) will mean he'll suit up nearly every day to start this year.

As the "double leadoff" man hitting ninth (a nice AL advantage), he'll also find plenty of chances to score now that Ian Kinsler has bolstered the top of this order. Detroit finished last in the league with 35 steals last year. Even if new skipper Brad Ausmus doesn't radically change Detroit's station-to-station play, Davis should continue to offer his best skill.

2B Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates

Walker was a likely entry even before his walk-off homer Monday. In 2013, he endured an off-kilter winter schedule thanks to back problems in 2012, and he endured a lacerated hand and trunk soreness last year.

Middle infielders that don't steal many bags must stand out elsewhere, and Walker hasn't yet. Fortunately, his BA peripherals boast .300 potential, especially if he performs successful tweaks to his approach from the right side. At least his platoon split favors the majority half.

He'll occupy the middle of a solid order that should aid his counting stats, and his gradual improvement in home runs should take another step this year with health.

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