Thu, Aug 6th 10:01pm EDT
By John Trupin
Jesus Montero is 6-for-18 with three doubles and a home run since being called back up. The slimmed down first baseman is earning himself an extended role with the major league club. (Source: Tacoma News Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: With the Mariners largely out of contention, the team is likely to continue rolling with Montero at 1st base and DH. He has responded by hitting consistently, particularly against left-handed pitching. While the team has frequently adhered to platoon splits for starting lineups, the struggles of left-handed hitting Logan Morrison means owners should see more and more opportunities for Montero.
Jesus Montero started at first base for the Mariners and went 1-for-3 at the plate earning a hit for the third game in a row.
Fantasy Impact: Since his call-up on July 10th, Montero has swung an impressive bat owning a .353 BA with one home run and three RBI in his seven games. Until his role with the Mariners is set he is a risk to own in any format.
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Jesus Montero started at 1B for the Mariners in their first spring training game. He went 2-2 at the plate with two singles up the middle.
Fantasy Impact: Montero has been a polarizing prospect for the Mariners since they acquired him from the Yankees. He worked hard over the offseason and lost 40 pounds and appears to be in great shape. Montero likely will start out in the minor leagues, but he is a dark horse candidate to win the 1B job out of spring.
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Just as he promised, Montero was able to shed off 40 pounds this offseason. According to the Seattle Times "his footwork has improved and he’s more agile for obvious reasons.", and "his swing looks much better". (Source: seattletimes.com)
Fantasy Impact: For now this has no fantasy impact. But seeing as Montero came into last season 40 pounds overweight this is a great sign. Last season he batted .235, hit one home run, and had 2 RBI in six games. It will probably take an injury for him to get much playing time at first base this season, but maybe the weight loss will help improve his game.