Amarista concluded the regular season with a .238/.269/.351 slash line. The 28-year-old never carved out a huge role for the Rockies, as he remained a mere bench piece even when injuries struck Colorado's regulars. His positional versatility is a boon to his real-life value, but his fantasy value is severely capped while he's limited to infrequent pinch-hit appearances. He also wasn't afforded many chances to run in 2017, as he attempted just one stolen base all year.
Amarista went 1-for-3 with a solo home run during Wednesday's win over Cleveland. Amarista's positional flexibility has provided him an opportunity to carve out a utility role, but he's still not receiving consistent starts. Additionally, his .248/.275/.380 slash line isn't moving the fantasy needle in most settings. Amarista is definitely worth considering as a low-priced flier in daily contests when he's in the starting lineup for home games, though.
Amarista has a .145/.190/.200 slash line in 59 plate appearances since the start of June. Amarista was slashing .338/.348/.480 through the first two months of the season, but has since fallen off considerably. The regression isn't altogether surprising given the 28-year-old's subpar career numbers at the plate. Versatility remains Amarista's greatest asset by far, as he has seen time at every position besides first base, pitcher, and catcher this season.
Amarista is not in the lineup Thursday against the Reds. Amarista has filled in as the primary second baseman the past two days while Dj LeMahieu was sidelined with a groin injury, although "The Little Ninja" failed to capitalize on his expanded opportunities. The utility man has just one hit in his last 22 at-bats (.045 batting average) and struck out six times in that span. Despite his recent struggles, he still possesses a .659 OPS on the season, which is one of the best marks of his career in that category. With LeMahieu back in action and the rest of the Rockies' infield in good health, Amarista will settle back into a super utility role off the bench for the foreseeable future.
Amarista (personal) was activated off the paternity list Thursday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. The Little Ninja ended up missing two days of action while attending to the birth of his daughter. Now that he's back on the roster, Amarista will resume his normal role as a super-utility player off the Rockies' bench. Jordan Patterson was sent back to Triple-A to make room for him on the active roster.
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