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.
Category: Game Recaps
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.