Apr 16, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) singles to left advancing a man during the third inning against the Chicago Cubs at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Yankees' Carlos Beltran in store for big season

New York Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran shot a scare into fantasy owners on Thursday after his scary tumble over a Tropicana Field wall in the Yankees’ 10-2 win over the Rays Thursday night.

Apr 13, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran (36) smiles on second base after hitting a double against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Beltran said he suffered a sore left shoulder and right wrist in the fall.

It’s unlikely he will be in the lineup on Friday but keep your eye on his situation as if Beltran proves to be healthy, he is a guy you may want to make a move for as I believe he is in store for a big season.

There’s a lot to like about Beltran’s first season in pinstripes.

Beltran continued his hot hitting early in the season, going 3-7 with a double and a homer during Wednesday’s double header sweep of the Cubs.

The short porch in right field at Yankee Stadium should play a big role in Beltran’s power numbers increasing over the past couple of years.

Even though he is a bit banged up at the moment, the soon-to-be 37 year old should stay much healthier than in recent years as the ability to DH should keep his bat in the Yankees’ lineup almost every day.

I like Beltran to be a bit more valuable than last season and I would recommend you making a play to acquire him now, before his value continues to increase.

He’s hitting .296 with four homers and nine RBI in the early going, but his early OPS of .953 would represent his best mark since 2006.

The power numbers could remain high as unlike some left-handed hitters that come into Yankee Stadium, Beltran likes to use that short porch to his advantage.

Of Beltran’s four homers this season, three have been to right at Yankee Stadium.

As we see now, health is always a concern with an aging veteran like Beltran, but I expect Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi to use Beltran in the DH spot wisely and keep the slugger healthy all season long.

If he does, Beltran could be in store for a huge season.

Deal for him now.


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