Jesus Montero, catcher

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In The Journal-News today, Peter Abraham profiles Jesus Montero, the Yanks’ 19-year-old catching prospect. Montero, 19, is six-foot-four and weighs 225 pounds. Most baseball analysts see his big league position as first base, but Tony Peña and Montero believe Jesus’ future lies behind the dish. No matter the role, Montero could mature into a top offensive threat.

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Open Thread: Yanks' offense erupts in 12-3 rout
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  • pat

    Jesus, age 19 A-Ball
    .326 BA, 17 HR, 87 RBI. 34 2Bs. .376 OBP. .491 Slugging

    Mystery Player age 20 A-Ball
    .324 BA, 17 HR, 84 RBI. 32 2Bs. .389 OBP .565 Slugging

    Whoooo could the mystery player be?

    • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

      Albert.

      • pat

        ya bastard.

        • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

          I have known Albert’s statistics for years!!

          • pat

            Heh, I can’t friggin wait to watch this kid play.

            • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

              He could turn out to be a B-U-S-T.

              • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

                He could. That’s why I said “could mature.” There’s no such thing as a sure thing.

                • The Evil Empire

                  Lets be optimistic

                • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

                  We tried that last year. It didn’t work :)

                • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

                  I’m rooting for the Montero prospect profile.

                • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  March 8th, 2009 at 10:38 pm
                  The Evil Empire says:

                  “Lets be optimistic”

                  You, sir, are not a True Yankee Fan®©™.

                  Don’t you know that ARod is an unclutchy born loser who is nothing but a stat-padder and that we can’t win until we get rid of him, that there’s too many superstars on the team and we can’t win unless we get more grindy-gamer-intangibles guys like Scott Brosius, that Cashman is a stupid idiot who never does anything right and we can’t win until we fire him and hire Billy Beane, that all of our prospects are horrible busts who never pan out and that we can’t win unless we start trading them all away for Johan Santana, and that Joba is wasted in the fifth starter role and that we can’t win until we put him in the 8th inning where he belongs?

                  Be optimistic? HOW THE HELL CAN I BE OPTIMISTIC WHEN DOOM AND DISASTER IS AROUND EVERY CORNER?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?

                  Optimistic? You get the hell out of here, Evil Empire, and don’t come back until you’ve accepted the fact that we are cursed and that we’ll never ever beat the Red Sox again, who are way awesomer than we are and more handsome too.

              • pat

                Bite your tongue PUNK

    • A.D.

      Yeah but Albert only played one year in the minors

  • LC

    Guess who got Montero’s autograph today in Lakeland?
    ….
    ME!

    • pat

      Thats awesome. Good investment.

      • LC

        thanks. He seemed like a nice guy too. He was friendly and was one of the first today to sign for fans.

        • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

          Only being 19, he isn’t old enough to be like the rest of those selfish, unloving, and self-centered Yankees.

          • http://liberalmusings.wordpress.com Pablo Zevallos

            That, my friend, was a shot at Jeter.

    • Joe R

      Yeah I got it in Tampa. He signed for a good 20 minutes and was taking pictures with people. He’s an awesome guy.

  • The Evil Empire

    The next great thing to come from within the Yankee farm system. So by what year do you think he’ll get his first ML at bat?

    • The Evil Empire

      I keep thinking there’s something wrong with this sentence, what is it!

      • Drew

        You asked a damn question and had no question mark. UGHHH PUNCTUATION MAKES ME SO MAD! sentence; what is it?

    • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

      2010, September call up.

      • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

        ….and it will be a home run that I will catch.

        • pat

          You’re gonna be sitting in OUTER SPACE?!?!?!?!?!

          • Spaceman.Spiff

            I laughed.

            • http://statspeak.net dan

              hahaha same

          • http://statspeak.net dan

            aahaaha actual laugher

          • http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/9273/immagineus7.jpg Mike Pop

            I’m going to Mars dude!

            • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              I’m gonna fly this boat to the moon somehow…

        • Frank

          A friend and I got his last homer for the riverdogs last season, Signed and dated

  • http://statspeak.net dan

    why aren’t my comments working?

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      nevermind, just took a few clicks on the refresh button.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      How aren’t they working? They seem to be showing up for me.

      • http://statspeak.net dan

        Nevermind, it was probably something on my end. I commented in a few places and none of them showed up. And then they all showed up at once like a minute or two later.

  • Dave M

    Team USA’s offense has really been clicking since they got to Venezuala’s bullpen.

    • A.D.

      Venzualas pen makes everyone a better hitter

  • Brian M

    It is funny how little athleticism people expect from a 6-4 baseball player compared to a 6-7 basketball player.
    I know he’ll be coming out of the crouch and have further to come up to throw, but he is 6-4, not 7-4. If we are expecting an aging Posada, coming off shoulder surgery, to be able to throw out enough runners to keep em a little honest, I think we should expect the same of Montero.

    I don’t get why having a big strong catcher isn’t seen as an advantage (I mean if you were rounding 3rd would you enjoy looking up and seeing Montero?)

    Plus it kinda makes sense (to me at least) that a bigger torso means it’ll be easier to block balls in the dirt, something Girardi is already praising him for.

    • http://statspeak.net dan

      I’ll share this if Ben doesn’t mind:

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/shareit/EQS5

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        My first thought:

        What the $%#& is Javy Lopez doing all the way up there? A single season 169 OPS+? That’s gotta be a misprint.

      • jon

        Joe Mauer is going to be at the top of that list in the next few years

      • Brian M

        I am slightly confused. I have absolutely no doubt about his offensive potential. All I am saying is why is everyone convinced someone 64- would struggle to be a catcher when they wouldn’t bother mentioning it if he were 6-2. He is big, but not stupidly big. He’ll be a catcher , and he’ll mash.