This is not a drill, you guys. Boston has called up prospect Mookie Betts. He's expected to start in right field on Sunday. YOU WANT THIS GUY. Make the move, before you read another word.
Got him? Great.
We've discussed Mookie a bit in recent days, so most of you are probably familiar with the 21-year-old's work. Betts has been scorching-hot all year, hitting .355/.443/.551 at Double-A Portland, then .322/.425/.444 for Triple-A Pawtucket. He's swiped 29 bags in 34 attempts across two levels, hitting eight homers and 21 doubles, scoring 70 runs and driving in 48.
The most impressive thing about Betts might just be his command of the strike zone. He's drawn 51 walks so far this season, striking out only 33 times. His career minor league on-base percentage is .408; he's had more walks than Ks at every stop.
Bottom line: You want him. Mookie can clearly hit. Just look at this swing. He offers respectable power and excellent speed, too. And he has a name like a DeLillo protagonist. Although Betts will play the outfield for the Red Sox, he actually came up as a middle-infielder, so that's where he's eligible in Yahoo leagues. Can you use a middle-infielder with five-category talent? Obviously.
Pick him up while you can. If he's productive in Boston, he'll stick. Betts is only 18 percent owned at the moment, but this is a kid worth rostering in mixed leagues of any size.