by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Brewers infielder Yuniesky Betancourt entered play Thursday 0 for 10 in his last three games but went 1 for 3 with a walk in his team's 7-1 loss to the Pirates.
Betancourt had actually went hitless in six of his seven games heading into Thursday. The solid performance gives him a .239/.268/.455 line with eight home runs in 142 plate appearances. He'll attempt to build upon Thursday's game when the team faces the Cardinals this weekend.
Why not believe in Yuniesky Betancourt?
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) I know some of my colleagues have been naysaying Yuniesky Betancourt's Fantasy value, and I understand the arguments behind their criticism.
Betancourt is obviously playing above his head, and he will probably turn back into a pumpkin before long. But that does not mean he cannot provide value to Fantasy owners right now.
The truth is Betancourt is the type of player who is much more respectable in Fantasy circles than in real life. He has never been more than a 1.6 WAR player and his on-base percentage is consistently horrendous, so if I was a Brewers fan I would be pretty peeved that my team could not find a better option at first base. But for Fantasy purposes, we have a player who never strikes out and is dialed in. What's not to like, at least in the short term?
Betancourt is not going to keep hitting the ball over the fence one out of every five times he hits a flyball, but he is clearly locked in at the plate right now with four home runs in the last eight games. Nobody wasted a high draft pick on Betancourt, so the temptation to hang on to him when things turn south shouldn't be too great. That's the way it should be.
For now, I saw why not enjoy Mr. Yuni's wild ride? It's not like second base as a position is stacked with useful options, and the veteran is eligible there after playing most of his games there a year ago. Things will change before long, but wouldn't you rather have him on your roster than Brian Roberts or Gordon Beckham, both of whom are ranked above Betancourt in all three of our expert rankings for second base. When Betancourt starts to stink -- and I do think "when" is the appropriate word to use there -- Fantasy owners should waste no time letting him hit the scrap heap.
The end is near for Yuniesky Betancourt
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/3/2013) Have you been enjoying this little home run binge for Yuniesky Betancourt? Good, because I'm predicting his usefulness comes to an end in Fantasy Week 6 (May 6-12).
The Brewers are one of six teams playing only five games. If he sits just one of those games, which seems likely with Aramis Ramirez returning from the DL, he's down to four -- or what would be about half of a normal week. Two of the five pitchers on tap for the Brewers are Tony Cingrani and Mat Latos, so you can't expect much from him in those games. And really, if he's not homering, you can't expect much from him anyway. As hot as he's been so far this year, he has only a .302 on-base percentage.
Understandably, he's my "approach with caution" choice at second base in this week's Hit Parade. For more start-sit advice for the week ahead, be sure to check it out.
It's deja vu all over again for Yuniesky Betancourt
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (5/1/2013) There's a familiar feeling to this latest home run binge by Brewers' infielder Yuniesky Betancourt. Getting unexpected playing time due to the injuries to Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez, Betancourt has already smashed seven home runs, his latest coming on Wednesday against the Pirates' Jeanmar Gomez.
Betancourt is a streaky hitter, and there's a precedent for this sort of power burst from him. In 2010, Betancourt hit seven home runs in August, and he posted a .295/..319/.557 slash line for the month. The season, which he spent with the Royals, as a whole was much like his other seasons, featuring a .259/..288/.405 line.
We've seen this act from Betancourt before, but after eight seasons of steady but unimpressive skill and Fantasy stats, Fantasy owners shouldn't be rushing to add him to their rosters.
Yuniesky Betancourt at first upon Aramis Ramirez's return
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) The Brewers will use Yuniesky Betancourt as the regular first baseman once Aramis Ramirez returns from the disabled list, MLB.com reports. Betancourt has been playing third base in Ramirez's absence.
Betancourt, hitting .280/.299/.549 in 82 at-bats, will likely move to a utility role once Corey Hart returns from the disabled list May 30. Until then, the Brewers will keep his hot bat in the lineup. Martin Maldonado will likely be the backup first baseman, with Alex Gonzalez taking on a utility role.
Yuniesky Betancourt continues slugging ways
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Brewers infielder Yuniesky Betancourt homered and drove in three runs as part of the club's win over Pittsburgh Monday.
Betancourt went 2 for 4 to raise his batting line to .286/.305/.532. In many ways, he's still the same frustrating hitter he was in his first tour in Milwaukee -- he doesn't take walks and his aggressive approach often leads to him putting bad pitches in play -- but his power is showing up like never before. His career high in home runs is 16 in 556 at-bats for Kansas City in 2010. He has five in 77 at-bats through Monday's game.
Yuniesky Betancourt moved to cleanup spot
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (4/27/2013) With Aramis Ramirez still out with a knee injury and Rickie Weeks in a slump, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke moved infielder Yuniesky Betancourt into the cleanup spot Saturday against the Dodgers. This marked the first time in Betancourt's nine-year career that he has been used as the cleanup hitter.
"This is my first time fourth in the lineup," Betancourt told MLB.com. "I was surprised. I asked the hitting coach, 'Hey, is everything OK here?' It feels good. I'm not going to change my approach at the plate. I'm trying to keep everything the same -- see the ball and hit it."
Betancourt entered Saturday with a five-game hitting streak. He's hitting .368 ( 7 for 19) over that span with two home runs and seven RBI.
Yuniesky Betancourt continues strong start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Brewers infielder Yuniesky Betancourt continued his strong start Wednesday.
Betancourt went 2 for 4 with an RBI. He's hitting .279/.303/.492 in 61 at-bats. Once Aramis Ramirez returns, it's unclear how much playing time Betancourt will receive. Given his strong start, he could see more time than initially anticipated.
Don't let Yuniesky Betancourt's RBI fool you
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (4/23/2013) Brewers infielder Yuniesky Betancourt is the No. 24 first baseman, No. 12 second baseman and No. 13 third baseman in standard Head-to-Head leagues. And yet even those modest rankings are too good to be true, judging by his disproportionate RBI total.
Betancourt has three homers, which in itself is unsustainable given his career .393 slugging percentage, but because one was a three-run shot and another a grand slam, he has 12 RBI, as many as Carlos Gonzalez, Andrew McCutchen and Billy Butler.
Even if he continues to play every day, which won't be the case when Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart return from the DL, Betancourt won't continue to drive in runs at that pace, and without those RBI, he's the same bottom-feeder as always.
Yuniesky Betancourt slugs another home run
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Brewers infielder Yuniesky Betancourt hit his third home run of the season Monday.
Betancourt added to Jason Marquis' woes in the first inning, hitting a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw. Betancourt's long ball came after Ryan Braun had already homered in the inning. Betancourt went 1 for 4, driving in three runs.
Is Yuniesky Betancourt the real deal?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Count me among the many Fantasy owners trying to figure out if Brewers infielder Yuniesky Betancourt is the real deal or not?
I understand why Betancourt is high up on the most-viewed list. He has a boatlaod of Fantasy eligiblibe positions, so the roster flexibility makes him an intriguing add. But Fantasy owners are still faced with the question whether or not to roster the veteran infielder?
Betancourt claims to be a more patient hitter after reworking his plate approach in the offseason, but nothing really in his numbers indicate this is nothing more than a nice hot streak. One of the numbers that concerns me the most is Betancourt's 14.3 percent home run to fly ball ratio. It's way above his 5.1 percent career average, per FanGraphs.com.
If it doesn't cost you much to add Betancourt and keep him active while he's on a roll, then I endorse the move. But if you have to give up a slumping hitter or pitcher with more upside, then I vote against adding Betancourt.
Yuniesky Betancourt develops into 'patient' hitter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said infielder Yuniesky Betancourt is a different hitter than he was in his first stint with the team in 2011.
"He's more patient than he was before," Roenicke said to MLB.com. "He sees the offspeed stuff better. Really, he looks like a good offensive player."
Roenicke isn't lying. Betancourt was slugging a career-high .500 heading into Thursday's game against the Giants. He has two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in 12 games.
Betancourt said his new approach was mastered while playing winter ball in Mexico.
"Mexico helped me a lot. That was the main thing, go there to be more patient and get better pitches to hit," Betancourt said, via catcher/translator Martin Maldonado. "I was working hard down there."
Yuniesky Betancourt providing pop for Brewers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Brewers infielder Yuniesky Betancourt extended his hitting streak to four games Wednesday against the Giants with his second home run in as many days. Betancourt is batting .385 (5 for 13) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in during his hitting streak.
Betancourt is tied for the team lead in RBI (eight) with slugger Ryan Braun.
Yuniesky Betancourt clubs grand slam
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/17/2013)Yuniesky Betancourt hit his first home run for the Brewers Tuesday against the Giants, a grand slam.
With a pair of extra-base hits over his last two games -- he doubled Sunday against St. Louis -- Betancourt's power is starting to show through. He's now hitting .265/.297/.412, which is right around his .266/.290/.392 career slash line.
Yuniesky Betancourt showing off versatility
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has been a veritable Swiss Army knife for the Brewers as the team deals with injuries to multiple players. Betancourt has played the entirety of the team's last four games, seeing time at first base, third base and shortstop -- even all three positions in one game.
Betancourt spent much of the spring with the Phillies but was scooped up by the Brewers in the last week of March. He's hitting .250/.304/.250 in 23 plate appearances this season
Yuniesky Betancourt homers, doubles in Brewers debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Brewers shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt made his first appearance with his new team Thursday against the Rockies and proceeded to dominate the game offensively, collecting three hits, including a double and his second home run of the spring. Betancourt, who started the spring with the Phillies before being released earlier this week, is hitting .471/.473/.667 in 55 plate appearances.
Yuniesky Betancourt returns to Brewers
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013) It didn't take long for veteran infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to be reunited with the Brewers. Just two days after he was released by the Phillies, the 31-year-old signed a major-league deal with his old team, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Betancourt, who is expected to take the roster spot of Donnie Murphy, spent the 2011 season with the Brewers.
"(He) can come in and back up the three infield positions, give us a bat off the bench," general manager Doug Melvin said. "He's got more experience than Donnie and we thought that's important."
Phillies drop Yuniesky Betancourt
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) Despite a strong showing this spring, veteran infielder Yuniesky Betancourt was released by the Phillies Sunday after the team was unable to find a spot for him on the active roster. Betancourt, who signed a minor-league deal with Philadelphia last January, produced a .447 batting average with 14 RBI in 17 Grapefruit League games.
Phillies bring in Betancourt
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (1/28/2013) The Phillies bolstered their infield depth Monday, signing veteran second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced. Betancourt was released by the Royals last August after appearing in just 57 games for Kansas City last season. He has also spent time with Seattle (2005-09) and Milwaukee (2011).