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Miguel Montero (C)

Chicago Cubs - 14% owned

Bats: L, Throws: R

Miguel Montero will officially be placed on the 15-day disabled list, however it is believed that he could miss up to six weeks. Montero jammed his thumb a few days before the break and will now be forced to see a specialist. The Cubs will bring up the All-Star Futures Game MVP Kyle Schwarber. (Source: Carrie Muskat on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Montero had been having a very solid season, but slumped through the first half of July with a .182 batting average and a .250 OBP. While the promotion of the hot hitting Kyle Schwarber is certainly exciting, it has been reported that he will not be the everyday catcher due to defensive concerns. The Cubs will carry three catchers, David Ross, Taylor Teagarden, and Kyle Schwarber.


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Miguel Montero had a big night at the plate but it still was not quite enough for the Cubs. He finished up at only 1-for-4, but his one hit was a bases clearing double that drove home three runs.

Fantasy Impact: While Montero has had a productive season so far, he has been slumping lately with a .179 batting average over the last week. Manager Joe Maddon had been experimenting with Montero batting cleanup, but it looks like Montero will have to settle back in in the six-hole, potentially reducing his RBI opportunities.


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The Chicago Cubs fell to the Miami Marlins on Friday, 2-1. The Cubs scored their only run in the first inning on single by Miguel Montero.He finished 1-for-4 and is batting .245 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Montero is 4-for-12 with four RBI over his last three games. Although his batting average has dropped from earlier in the season, Montero is on pace for 21 home runs and has a solid .769 OPS. Montero is a good power option behind the plate in deeper leagues.


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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as the Cubs lost to the Dodgers 5-2. Montero is batting .246 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Oer the past 10 games, Montero is hitting .225 with one home run and 10 strikeouts. Not what you want in your starting lineup. Montero should be left on the wire in year-long leagues and not picked for daily leagues until he shows signs of life.


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After missing Wednesday's game due to a stiff back, Miguel Montero returned to the starting lineup Thursday. Montero went 0-for-3 with one walk in the Cubs 4-3 loss to the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: After a hot stretch last week where Montero hit three home runs in four games, the Cubs catcher has cooled off a bit this week. Over the last seven days, Montero is hitting .143 with four strikeouts. Batting .240 on the season, the former Diamondback has not shown enough consistency to be trusted on a regular basis in year-long or daily fantasy leagues.


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The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, 6-3. The Cubs got on the board early with a three-run home run by Miguel Montero in the first inning. It was Montero's eighth home run of the season. He finished 2-for-3 and is batting .250 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Montero is 5-for-8 over the last two games with two home runs and six RBI. He's on pace for 22 home runs and 63 RBI. With a slugging percentage of .450 and OPS of .821, Montero is one of the top fantasy catchers in the league.


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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero blasted his seventh home run of the year Wednesday as the Cubs crushed the Tigers 12-3. Montero finished the night 3-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Nice to see Montero have a big game as he was mired in a 2-for-27 slump entering the night. Hopefully, this is a start of the catcher getting back on track as he is hitting .241 on the season. If Montero can string a couple of successful games together than he may be worth a look in daily leagues as his price has plummeted.


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Miguel Montero went 1-for-4 Friday with a solo home run in the sixth inning. Montero is now hitting .244 with six home runs and 17 RBI on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Friday was Montero's first start in three games. David Ross was in the starting lineup the last two games due to being Jon Lester's personal catcher and the Cubs were facing a left-hander on Thursday. Montero will continue to get the bulk if not all, of the starts against right-handers. Either way the Cubs catchers are not an attractive fantasy option at the moment.


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Miguel Montero entered Tuesday's game as a pinch-hitter and promptly struck out. The catcher stayed in the game and struck out again for final out of the game. He is batting .244 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has been slumping hard recently. Over the last two weeks, he is batting .103 with one home run, one RBI and a 33.3% strikeout rate. With David Ross the only other option behind the plate and hitting .190 himself, Montero will continue to get the majority of starts for the Cubs. I would avoid the former Diamondback in daily leagues until he shows some signs of life.


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Miguel Montero went 1-for-3 with one walk as the Cubs beat the Nationals 3-2 Tuesday. Montero is carrying a .267/.388/.448 slash line on the season.

Fantasy Impact: After a hot start, Montero has been slumping recently. The Cubs backstop is hitting only .194 over his last 10 games. He also only has two extra-base hits and one RBI in that stretch as well. Montero remains a decent option in deep leagues but is better suited for the waiver wire in 12-team or smaller fantasy leagues. Until he shows signs of breaking out of his slump, I would avoid Montero in daily leagues as well.


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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 1-for-4 Sunday, hitting a solo shot for his fifth home run of the year. Montero is batting .267 on the year.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has been slumping recently as he is 2-for-21 in his last six games. After the trade of Wellington Castillo, Montero will continue to be the Cubs primary option behind the plate with David Ross giving him the occasional day off. Despite the cold stretch, Montero remains a solid option in year-long fantasy and daily leagues as well.


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Miguel Montero went 1-for-3 with a base on balls Sunday. Montero continues to get the majority of starts behind the plate as Sunday was was the catcher's fourth start in the past seven games.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the limited playing time, Montero has proven to be the best hitting option for the Cubs behind the plate. Montero is posting a career-high .313 batting average so far this season.He has also been scorching in the month of May as he is hitting .382 with a .543 OBP in 34 at-bats this month. Montero makes for a decent option at catcher in fantasy leagues even with the uncertain playing time.


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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk Sunday. Montero's sixth-inning blast off of Matt Garza gave the Cubs an early 1-0 lead. Montero was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.

Fantasy Impact: With the Cubs carrying three catchers, Montero's playing time has been inconsistent despite him being the clear No. 1 option. Montero is hitting .299 with four home runs and 14 RBI on the season but remains outside of the top 10 for catchers due to playing time.


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Cubs catcher Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI as the Cubs lost to the Cardinals 10-9. Montero also scored one run and drew a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Montero has been on fire as of late. He has hit safely in his last 10 starts and currently holds a six-game hitting streak. During his last six games, Montero has a .478 batting average with one home run and six RBI. Montero is unowned in over 60 percent of Yahoo leagues and should be picked up by anyone in need of a catcher.


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Miguel Montero continued to show plate discipline and pop at the plate on Sunday against the Brewers, going 2-for-3 with a run and a walk. His season line is up to .283/.355/.572 with 3 HR, 10 RBI, and 5 R.

Fantasy Impact: Montero is a top 10 fantasy catcher and has been a consistent contributor for the Cubs in 2015. His slugging percentage is low due to a lack of extra base hits: besides his 3 HR he only has one double and no triples on the season. He has been moved up to the 5th spot in the lineup recently, which may create more chances to drive in runs as well as score more runs with Starlin Castro hitting behind him. The 6th and 7th hitters in the Cubs lineup may have a more difficult time scoring runs with Joe Maddon's approach to NL lineups with the pitcher batting 8th in every game.


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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.


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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.