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Miguel Montero (C)

Chicago Cubs - 35% owned

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Bats: L, Throws: R

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.