The casual baseball fan might not be aware of the season Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick is putting together, his stat line: .362/.415/.574 to go along with 2 HR 8 RBI and 6 SB. Marisnick has all the tools to succeed in the big leagues, he can hit to all parts of the field, he can hit for power, and has the speed on the base-paths that is an under-utilized tool in a lot of fantasy baseball leagues.

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Marisnick was a third-round pick of the Marlins in 2009, and quickly rose through their farm system, making his MLB debut at 22 years-old in 2013. Last year, Marisnick was dealt to Houston in the trade that brought pitcher Jarred Cosart to Miami.

In 51 games last year, Marisnick hit .272 with 2 HR and 19 RBI, not terrible numbers for a 23 year-old getting used to his new surroundings. This offseason, Marisnick cut-down his swing, and worked on hitting to all parts of the field. The work has paid off, as Marisnick has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games and leads the Astros in batting average (yes, higher than Jose Altuve).

If you are in need of an outfielder, Marisnick is becoming a must-own in 12 -man leagues or deeper, and according to Fantasypros.com he is owned in a mere 11% of all fantasy leagues. Personally, I picked up Marisnick two weeks ago in my 12-man head-to-head format league and have enjoyed his production (I dropped Adam Eaton who is ranked higher in every publication I have seen, but I do not regret my decision at all). I view Marisnick as a very poor-man’s Mike Trout, he is a five-tool player, and keeping his batting average around .300 with 15-20 HRs and 75 RBI is not out of the question. The Astros as a team are making a splash early in the MLB season, why can’t their center fielder become a fantasy stud? The answer: he already is.

Do you think Marisnick is worth a roster spot in 12-man leagues? Let me know in the comments below…

Dan Schalk covers all fantasy sports for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk

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