The left-fielder hit a solo home run in his first MLB start and added two singles to go along with his breakout performance. In 12 games, Almonte has a robust .342 batting average and has hit safely in the last four games. He has three doubles, one home run, seven RBIs, and three walks over his brief time in the majors. He has been a pleasant surprise since being called up and has certainly put to bed the rumors of him being a part-time player.
Almonte has earned a starting spot over the slumping Vernon Wells and the youngster has absolutely shined since joining the big league squad. Wells may get the occasional at-bat, but the team has made it clear that they would much rather have Almonte in left at the moment.
The rookie has also added three stolen bases on the year. The young outfielder won’t be a threat to steal five bases per week, but Almonte should easily be able to add at least one or two steals per scoring period.
The Dominican Republican native may be underrated right now, but he still has fantasy value in deeper formats. Almonte is owned in just 30% of CBS leagues and the 24-year-old is only being started in 15% of those leagues. Almonte can be a reliable third outfielder in deeper fantasy formats, so feel free to take a shot on him this week.