A 31-year-old journeyman infielder with a career on-base percentage (OBP) of .290 isn’t exactly a guy fantasy baseball players rush to add to their teams, but in the midst of a career run, Milwaukee Brewers 1B Yuniesky Betancourt has become a must-start fantasy option.
Through 30 games to start the season, Betancourt is hitting .284 with a whopping eight home runs and 24 RBI. The first baseman has already hit more home runs than he hit in six separate seasons throughout his career, including what he did in more than double the at-bats last year.
Undrafted in most leagues, he has been playing in place of the injured Corey Hart and may be doing enough to keep the job even when Hart returns which is expected to be at the end of the month. It’s kind of a bit baffling to see what he has done at the plate thus far as he is still striking out at a high rate and not drawing any more walks than usual while his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) remains low at .250.
Sometimes in baseball, there just really isn’t a number to put something in perspective, and that’s really the case right now with Betancourt. Will he slow down? Probably. But right now he needs to be started in all league and all formats while he continues to inexplicably mash.
If you own him, trying to sell high is probably a good idea. With most owners likely skeptical about his long-term value it may be tough to get much in return, but it’s certainly worth a shot. Otherwise, enjoy the ride while it lasts.