Jun 29, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) dives back to first base against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning at Yankee Stadium. Tonights game is Betts MLB debut. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Mookie Betts is back in the majors. Should you pick him up?

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The Boston Red Sox recalled Mookie Betts from AAA Pawtucket and sent down Jackie Bradley Jr in the corresponding roster move.

This move was a bit surprising because Bradley had awakened at the plate lately.  He is hitting .313 in his last five games.

Betts has nothing left to prove in the minors.  The 21 year old is destroying everything in sight this year, hitting .346 with 11 homers and 33 steals between AA and AAA.  In his previous stint in the majors, Betts hit .244 with a homer and a steal in 44 at bats.

Bradley was sent down to make room for Betts. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The loss of Bradley likely will not affect many people’s fantasy teams.  Even in deep leagues, he was largely unowned.

The topic of interest here is Betts.  While he did not have a spectacular start to his major league career, he still has huge upside.  Those of you in dynasty formats likely did not drop him when he was demoted, but those of you in keeper leagues might want to take notice.

Betts is likely not standard league material just yet, ,but in moderate and deeper leagues he can be a huge asset for your stretch run.

If you are in need of steals or runs, Betts should be on your team.  While he will only be playing in the outfield initially, he could log some time at second base.  If he gains eligibility there, he becomes infinitely more valuable.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.  Right now he is a nice add in deeper leagues and most moderate leagues.  Those of you in standard leagues might want to watch and see what he does.  You should also be ready to pounce if he produces this time around.

We all know that he has the ability.

 

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