With all the attention that the fantasy baseball world has placed on the big league debuts of Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, everyone will latch onto the next young, Cuban slugger. Well, that next Cuban slugger is already here and it is OF/DH Henry Urrutia of the Baltimore Orioles.
When Baltimore found out that Nolan Reimold would miss the reminder of the 2013 season, they instantly called up Urrutia to take on some of his role. Orioles general manger Dan Duquette has been gushing over his potential and this seemded like the perfect time to get him to the bigs.
The switch-hitter tore up the minor leagues before getting called up. He had an amazing .365 batting average through 52 games this season. The Cuban also bashed seven homers, 16 doubles, and drove in 37 runs in his first minor league stint.
The Cuban defector made an immediate fantasy impact in his MLB debut. On last Saturday, Urrutia went 1-4 and came up with a huge hit for the O’s. The designated hitter struck out once with the bases loaded in the first inning, but he quickly redeemed himself with an RBI single in the third inning. Urrutia even went 3-5 in Monday’s contest and showed that he can be an above-average gap hitter.
At 26 years old, Urrutia will be a very promising keeper in dynasty leagues, so don’t wait too long to grab him off the wavier wire. If you are already thinking towards next season and loading up on young sticks, add Urrutia off the wire this week.