• Jesus Montero – One Of The Best Prospects Today

    Posted by on December 23rd, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Over at SI.com, John Manuel of Baseball America lists his personal top 20 prospects in baseball. And, the Yankees Jesus Montero clocks in at #5! Here’s what Manuel had to say on Montero:

    Jesus Montero, C/DH, Yankees

    Why he’s here: The minors’ best hitter, Montero gets compared to Mike Piazza as a catcher whose hitting tools far outstrip his defense. The Yankees don’t see him as Jorge Posada’s heir because his defense is on par with Piazza’s or worse.

    What he’ll be: Because he’s likely to move out from behind the plate, Montero should be a first baseman or DH primarily. Other ex-catchers with premium bats such as Paul Konerko and Carlos Delgado leap to mind.

    When he arrives: New York’s offseason moves will dictate whether Montero spends all season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre or moves up to the big leagues as a part-time catcher and DH.

    For the record, on July 10, 2009, I compared Montero to Carlos Delgado. And, on July 31, 2009, I compared Montero to Paul Konerko. So, obviously, I’m on the same page here. Or, is Manuel on my page?

    In any event, the thing with Jesus Montero will be “Where do the Yankees play him?” As I wrote back in July…

    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…

    In a nutshell, on the Yankees, Jesus Montero in jammed into a very crowded (DH/1B) car that really has one too many people in it…or more…

    Comments on Jesus Montero – One Of The Best Prospects Today

    1. MJ
      December 24th, 2009 | 8:55 am

      If the bat is as can’t miss as they say it is, the Yanks should really stop wasting time and start turning him into a LF. If Carlos Lee can play LF, Montero should be able to as well. There’s next to no chance he plays behind the dish over Austin Romine and 1B is blocked by Teixeira. Perhaps he becomes the team’s full-time DH in 2011, after Nick Johnson’s miserably frail body is wheeled out in a body bag? I guess that’s the only other way Montero stays in New York.

    2. December 24th, 2009 | 1:33 pm

      I donno if its his big body thats the problem, infact when i saw him on some youtube videos he was not that big, but i do see the concern of how he will be in 6-7 years body type wise…. but thats not unusual for a catcher though…

      and if reports are accurate, his footwork has improved a lot…

      i still say give him one more year behind the dish, one full year… JoPo is signed through end of 2011 i think, so the target for Montero should be May-June 2011 and i think we should have a good guage by then… i cant accept in a league where fluffy catchers thrive a big guy cant strive… i would actually like to see how he develops this year… he is supposedly the cant miss bat… lets hope so…

    3. December 24th, 2009 | 1:34 pm

      MJ wrote:

      Perhaps he becomes the team’s full-time DH in 2011, after Nick Johnson’s miserably frail body is wheeled out in a body bag? I guess that’s the only other way Montero stays in New York.

      Ouch… not exactly in the holiday mood are u… i hope NJ does well.. he deserves it for hisself

    4. Jake1
      December 28th, 2009 | 8:58 am

      u do everything to make sure he succeeds at catcher. if victor martinez can catch 100+ games than montero should be fine.

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