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Jesus Montero, New York Yankees
Multiple reports, including one or two from SI's Jon Heyman, have Montero in the bigs in the next couple of weeks, if not sooner. Fantasy owners may not be in a rush to add him, for a few reasons: (1) Some feel burned because they drafted him, for naught, (2) He's hit well in the minors this year, but he hasn't torn it up, and (3) It's not clear where he'd play, at least often enough to make a roto impact.
Montero won't do much squatting
Some things to consider: (1) The Bronx Bombers didn't make any trades at the non-waiver deadline, surprising many and opening up themselves to criticism, (2) Although they need help in the pitching department more so than in their lineup, they'll do anything to upgrade the makeup, and (3) DH Jorge Posada (.235/.316/.382) has picked it up in the BA department a bit, but he's still a non-factor. There's always the chance that Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for playing Texas Hold 'Em with the stars, too, right?
Montero has posted a .288/.345/.441 slash line this season, with the notable decline coming in the slugging department, which is in danger of becoming a trend. His defense behind the plate is not good. He has a poor attitude.
The "yeah, but": In July and August, he's 24-for-81 (.296) with five home runs and 24 RBIs. If the Yankees promote the 21-year-old, it'll be to fill in at DH with some regularity, most likely. He may just be bored with Triple-A pitching; the organization is partial to him, and he behaved well in spring training. A catcher-eligible player with his hitting ability can be a real fantasy factor. Don't dwell on the negatives, especially when the positives could be pretty nice. This kind of thing is worth stashing, if you have room.
Shallow mixed: Watch
Deep mixed: Consider
Brad Mills, Toronto Blue Jays
In all likelihood, Mills, 26, is a placeholder for Kyle Drabek, who's attempting to regain his 2010 form, and career starter Jesse Litsch lingers in the bullpen. In the here and now, Mills is in the rotation, and he has the opportunity to earn more starts - based on his performance, naturally. Although he's beginning to show some positives, Drabek is on a slow road to skills recovery. The Jays know what they have in Litsch.
Mills is a soft-tossing, crafty left-hander who relies on his changeup quite a bit. He has generated more than eight K's per nine innings in his minor league career and nearly eight per nine in the majors, where six of his appearances have come as a starter. In his 2011 MLB debut, Mills lost to the Texas Rangers despite giving up a solid six hits, two runs and two walks, with five strikeouts, in seven stanzas. This season, he's gone 9-7 with a 3.99 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, a 7.85 K/9 and a 2.41 BB/9 in 130 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mills is obviously not really a prospect, at his age, any longer. At best, he may be a borderline big leaguer. But he's made some nice strides in control rate this season and has been honing his game in a league where 10-6 ballgames are the norm. Mills will probably walk a fine line, but you may find value in him if you employ him judiciously and he retains that spot.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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