• Jesus Montero Still Not Big League Ready

    Posted by on June 24th, 2011 · Comments (3)

    Via Andrew Marchand -

    The future of the New York Yankees received a two-game timeout earlier this month because the organization felt his play lacked “energy,” according to one club official.

    The future of the Yankees has hit just five home runs all season, which is miniscule when compared to the output of Triple-A Scranton teammates — and borderline prospects — Jorge Vazquez (20) and Justin Maxwell (16).

    The future of the Yankees has thrown out eight of 45 base stealers (.178), which is ninth best in the 14-team International League.

    And there are some days and nights in which Jesus Montero’s head seems to be a lot of places, but not fully in the minor league ballpark he is playing in.

    Montero, 21, is still a lot of great things. He is still one of the best prospects in baseball. ESPN.com’s Keith Law had him at No. 4 in the entire minor leagues. Montero’s bat has life, while defense has improved some.

    So Montero is still potentially an All-Star major league catcher.

    But right now, there is one thing Montero is certainly not: He is not ready to start, let alone star, in the big leagues.

    “It is all in becoming a first-rate professional and he is still in the middle of that process,” said Mark Newman, the Yankees’ senior vice president of baseball operations, who heads up the team’s minor leagues.

    Of course, a huge second half in AAA with the bat would change a lot of opinions on this matter.

    Comments on Jesus Montero Still Not Big League Ready

    1. Raf
      June 24th, 2011 | 10:00 am

      It’s good that he’s going through this, IMO. If he comes out of this, he’ll be a better player. This is the first time he has had an extended struggle at any level.

      If he has a decent 2nd half, at least he’ll be able to earn a Sept call-up, and who knows where we’ll be after that. I don’t think he’ll be the starting catcher next year, but a lot can happen between now and ST 2012.

    2. BOHAN
      June 24th, 2011 | 5:46 pm

      “And there are some days and nights in which Jesus Montero’s head seems to be a lot of places, but not fully in the minor league ballpark he is playing in.”

      I think he might be bored down there. Thats what it sounds like at least. The HRs being down might just be a product of not getting pitched to. Everyone knows who he is and I’m sure Vazquez and Maxwell hit on either side of him so who would you rather pitch to? The 4th best prospect in baseball or 2 bolderline major leaguers?

    3. Raf
      June 24th, 2011 | 8:03 pm

      He still needs more time; if he’s not getting pitched to, a .339 OBP isn’t going to get it done, even more so if the power’s down.

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