A small, weak-hitting, butterfingers, Velez' great speed was the only reason he was on any fantasy owner's radar, heading into 2009.
Starting the year at almost 27, the former Southern Atlantic League MVP was running out of chances to prove himself. After he put up a .438 OPS in 39 plate appearances off the bench, over the first two months of the season, Velez was sent down to the minors.
The Giants called him up at the end of July and he stormed out of the gate. In 13 games, he hit .429 with three homers and 11 RBI to go with a .661 slugging percentage and a 1.118 OPS.
Throw in his second base eligibility and you've got a recipe for a perfect stretch run pickup.
But, of course, it didn't last. After Aug. 9, Velez was even worse than usual, hitting .233 with two home runs (.640 OPS).