Jesus Montero - C, SEA
In competitive deep leagues where the majority of participants are savvy baseball fans, a vital strategy is staying ahead of the curve and stashing valuable assets before anyone else thinks to grab them. It might be time to do just that with Montero.
If he plays up to his potential, Montero is a tremendous weapon, with eligibility at catcher and a promising bat that turned him into one of the game's very best prospects.
Of course, he's been far from playing up to his potential the last two years, with a 669 OPS in the majors and nagging injuries that have sidelined him. Because of those persisting issues, and because he showed up to camp about 40 pounds overweight, the 23-year-old opened this season in Triple-A despite an impressive offensive showing in spring training, but he is quickly making a strong case to return to the majors and might finally be ready to make an impact once he does.
Over his first 20 games with Class-AAA Tacoma, Montero is crushing to the tune of .288/.322/.613. Last week he hit four homers in five games, and on the season he's got seven to go along with 21 RBI.
Meanwhile, the Mariners are below .500 and searching for offense. They've scored fewer runs than any AL team outside of Houston. Corey Hart has been handling DH duty for the most part as the M's ease him back from knee injuries, but they have received little production from the outfield, so sliding Hart there to make room for another bat at DH would make sense.
If and when that happens, the door will be open for Montero, and with the way he's obliterating the baseball in Triple-A, Seattle will have a hard time passing him up. If he does join the roster, he'll be eligible at catcher even though he's not necessarily likely to play there much.
A guy who hits like a DH and can be slotted at catcher is fantasy gold, especially in deeper two-catcher leagues. By the time Montero is called up, it may too late to add him. If you have the space on your roster, pick him up now and hope the Mariners make the right move soon.
Chris Getz - 2B, TOR
Defensive specialist Ryan Goins was given the opportunity to start at second for Toronto out of the gates this year, but he just couldn't hit enough to maintain a hold on the job. The 26-year-old was sent down this week with a miserable 420 OPS, and Getz has been called up to replace him. The latter instantly becomes an intriguing fantasy flier.
Getz was hitting well in Triple-A, with a .309/.382/.338 slash line. His bat isn't his selling point though, especially when you consider his ugly .251/.310/.309 career line in the majors. It's his legs that give Getz value.
In 18 games at Triple-A, the infielder had already swiped six bags on seven attempts. Hopefully that aggressive and successful running style will translate to the big leagues, where he is 87-for-105 in his career (an excellent 83 percent rate).
The Blue Jays have stolen only eight bases as a team this year, on a league-low 11 attempts. That's not necessarily their M.O. under manager John Gibbons -- last year they tallied 112 steals to rank seventh in the AL -- so you get the sense they'd like to run more.
The speedy Getz will add that element, and as long as he can get on base at a moderately decent clip, he figures to see some chances. He was hitting in Triple-A and he's always had pretty good plate discipline so solid offensive output seems like a reasonable expectation.