Lazaro Montes

18-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Montes had a case to be the most sought-after J-15 international signee in dynasty leagues last year, due to his mammoth raw power and Seattle's strong track record of acquiring and developing players in this market. His bat immediately translated, as he hit 10 homers with a .301 ISO and .585 SLG in 55 games in the Dominican Summer League. Sometimes the lefty-hitting masher was swinging out of his shoes, as his zone-contact rate was subpar (per Prospects Live), as was his 33.2 K%. We need to be careful not to only dream on the positive and overlook his .421 BABIP and the elevated strikeout rate. That said, Montes has the pedigree and did so much damage in his pro debut that it's fair to be excited about what he might do this year in the Arizona Complex League. All it would take is for him to take a big step forward with his swing decisions and Montes would become one of the most exciting non-speed prospects in the game. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Mariners in January of 2022.
Flashing power in DSL
OFSeattle Mariners  R
August 2, 2022
Montes is hitting .302/.425/.597 with six home runs, two steals and a 23:57 BB:K through 40 games in the Dominican Summer League.
ANALYSIS
The power is enticing, of course -- he's racked up 21 extra-base hits -- but the 17-year-old Cuban has struck out at a remarkably high clip (35.6 percent), which portends trouble once he faces higher-level pitching. Of course, being that he's still more than two months shy of his 18th birthday, there's a lot to like in Montes even though he's the definition of a high-variance prospect. Dynasty managers with an appetite for risk would do well to snatch him up.
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