Baseball America now lists the Yankees Jesus Montero as the third best overall prospect in all of minor league baseball.
Clearly, Jesus Montero, now, is the most heralded Yankees batting prospect since Nick Johnson. And,here’s what Baseball America is saying about him today:
If Montero could defend behind the plate—he threw out just eight of 64 basestealers in the high Class A Florida State (12.5 percent)—he could rank first. He has impressive barrel awareness and offensive upside for his age and experience level.
When I read about Montero now, I can’t help but to think about all the buzz around Carlos Delgado, circa 1992-1993.
Delgado, then also a catcher, like Jesus Montero today, was selected as USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year in 1992. In fact, in March of 2003, Cubs superscout Hugh Alexander (about then 20-year-old about Carlos Delgado) said: “He’ll be the best ballplayer in baseball someday soon.”
And, like many, I feel that, by the time he’s ready for the big leagues, Jesus Montero will have to move away from catching – just like Delgado did when he became a full-time major leaguer.
Mark Teixeira is under contract with the Yankees until 2016. And, Alex Rodriguez is under contract with the Yankees until 2017. And, more than likely, Derek Jeter will sign a contract after 2010 that will keep him with the Yankees until, at least, 2015. So, the Yankees will have three somewhat older guys on their team that could block Montero at first base or designated hitter for years to come…
So, maybe Jesus Montero will end up getting traded by the Yankees for the next Dale Murray, Ken Phelps or Javier Vazquez? What do you think?