Sun, Apr 19th 2:58am EDT
By Nathaniel Schwartz
Montero had his best game of the season as he went 2-4 at the plate with two home runs, three RBIs, two runs scored himself, one walk, and one strikeout.
Fantasy Impact: Montero had gotten off to a very slow start at the plate, and he is still only hitting .174. His performance today actually doubled both his hit and RBI total for the season, so he will need to improve his consistency.
Category: Game Recaps
Mon, Mar 30th 7:41am EDT
By Nathaniel Schwartz
Montero had himself a solid day, as he went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored himself. His RBI came on a towering home run (his second of spring) in the first inning.
Fantasy Impact: Montero is steadily creeping up towards the Mendoza line, now sitting at a .189 average. He has not been an everyday player in spring, instead having to share time with both Welington Castillo and Rafael Lopez, so Montero may not have many more chances to raise his batting average before the season starts. He was batted third in the lineup though, so clearly the Cubs have faith in Montero's offensive ability.
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The Chicago Cubs acquired catcher Miguel Montero for two minor league pitching prospects. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: The two-time All Star catcher will add a much-needed left-handed bat to the Chicago lineup. Montero was the longest-tenured Diamondback, but will now be behind the plate in Wrigley Field with his defensive specialties. The 31-year-old catcher is capable of hitting .280 as seen in past years, and he could launch himself into the top-10 catcher discussion with an impressive start in Chicago.
It is no secret the Cubs want to upgrade at the catching position this off season. After losing out in signing Russell Martin, the Cubs have turned their attention to Miguel Monetero. Sources believe the Cubs have made offers to the Diamondbacks to acquire Montero's services. (Source: Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: Montero would bring another needed left handed bat to a predominantly right handed lineup. He would also be an upgrade defensively over Wellington Castillo, especially when it comes to framing pitches. Only a .243 hitter last season, Montero is only two years removed from a .286, 15 home run and 88 RBI season. Maybe a change of scenery would help return Montero to his pre-2013 numbers, when he was a top 5 catching option in fantasy.