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Jesus Montero lacking patience at plate

Updated: April 18, 2012, 1:57 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Woohoo! Jesus Montero not only played catcher for the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday, but he drew a fifth-inning walk against young Cleveland Indians lefty Nick Hagadone. Fantasy owners everywhere have been paying so much attention to whether Montero has been playing behind the plate (for their own roster flexibility) that I feel like they've missed the fact that he has been so impatient at the plate.

For the record, Montero is 30 percent of the way to gaining catcher eligibility in ESPN leagues (he needs 10 games behind the plate, he has three entering Wednesday), and for more on the role that position eligibility plays in fantasy and some of the current curiosities, check out able colleague Tristan H. Cockcroft's Hit Parade column this week. There's more to Montero than being able to roster-switch him from designated hitter or your bench to catcher: His upside as a hitter will be greater if he takes the occasional free pass.

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