Montero added to Eastern League All-Star roster

The curiously slumping Mark Teixeira
Game 84: Bring on the rookie pitcher

Despite playing in just 26 of Double-A Trenton’s 83 games this year, catcher Jesus Montero has been added to the Eastern League’s Northern Division All-Star Team as a replacement for the injured Josh Thole. He’ll be the sixth … uh … Thunderer to make the team, joining Zach McAllister, Josh Schmidt, Jorge Vazquez, Reegie Corona, and Eduardo Nunez, not to mention Trenton’s coaching staff. Montero is hitting .299-.364-.505 as a 19-yr old in a traditionally pitcher-friendly league and a very pitcher-friendly park.

This year’s Eastern League All-Star Game is being played in Trenton’s Waterfront Park, so here’s your chance to catch some of the very best prospects in the game all in one place without too much hassle. I’ll have a preview of the game up in the coming days.

The curiously slumping Mark Teixeira
Game 84: Bring on the rookie pitcher
  • Salty Buggah

    Hooray for Montero!

  • Mike R. – Retire 21

    Montero is all kinds of awesome. He is more exciting to follow than Hughes was in his prospect days.

  • Matt ACTY/BBD

    All praise the Jesus.

  • jsbrendog

    now reegie corona is an allstar and ivan nova is so far tearing up aaa……looks like we’re lucky they were returned from the rule v teams that picked them….question is, are they eligible again next year? I know we don’t have the roster flexibility on the 40 man to protect them….

    could we flip them for something worthwhile? what’s the play here?

    • Mike bk

      we have more flexibility in terms of spaces than most think. molina, tomko, pettitte, matsui, nady or damon probably, cash, ransom and hinskie who are on it now probably wont be protected, so that is is 8 spots without counting edwar who never know if they leave him off the 40 man.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I’d say unless Edwar pulls a 180 with the quickness and gets back to 150 ERA+ level dominance, he’s firmly in the non-tendered crosshairs this winter.

        • Mike bk

          that would mean 9-10. what about miranda?

      • jsbrendog

        good point, i was thinking more of right now. i wonder how it wil all play out… but at the same time, you have to replace matsui, nady, and damon and there isn’t anyone on the 40 man you could do that with realistically. so that’s 3 less. Hughes slides in for pettitte and then another amr on the 40 slides into the pen. cash isn’t needed..i thought he was dfa’d


        • Mike bk

          melancon up but doesnt take a new 40 man
          pena replaces ranson
          frankie molina
          hughes for pettitte.

          jackson replaces matsui so that takes 1 spot away
          one of nady or damon is probably back

          we need 1 OF, maybe a DH.

          so probably 6 prospects can get covered.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Free agents/vets not likely to return:
            Matsui, Pettitte, Tomko, Molina, Cash, Hinske, Ransom (7)

            Youngsters on the edge:
            Edwar, Miranda (2)

            Two guys for likely one spot:
            Damon or Nady (1)

            I’d say, before we make any additions to the club (which we will), we’ll have between 7-10 spots on the 40-man this winter.

            • Mike Axisa

              Miranda’s out of options next year and has absolutely no spot with the organization. He’s a goner at some point.

              • Salty Buggah

                Trade him for Romero and Halladay

              • Mike bk

                Axisa, name the 10 prospects we are most likely to cover this year and who is likely to be left off.

              • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                Miranda and Edwar to Washington for Justin Maxwell.

                Think about it. Maxwell’s stalled out a bit in his development, and the Nats are still inundated with outfielders who are passing him on the org chart. Edwar and Miranda give them cheap and fringy major leaguers who can hold down spots in the short term enabling them to trade Joe Beimel and Nick Johnson for larger prospect hauls.

                We get some quality OF depth.

  • Drew

    Jesus>>>>>>Double A

  • Mike bk

    i asked this question a couple days ago and dont remember anyone answering so i will ask again. with each talk of Jesus’ numbers someone add that it is a very pitcher friendly park making it more impressive. So how much less impressive is what Z-Mac is doing because he pitches in that park and you cant claim none to have it both ways. How much is the park deflating where Z-Mac’s numbers would be in a more even park? thanks.

    • BklynJT

      The one knock on Z-Mac coming into this year was his low strike out rates. It would look at his FIP numbers to really tell if Z-MAC is as good as the hype. I think his strike out rates have increased from last year. Maybe also look into his gb-fb ratio.

    • cult of basebaal

      you cant claim none to have it both ways

      Zach McAllister – 2009

      2.36 49.2 1 15 49 (9 starts)

      1.22 37.0 28 2 11 23 (6 starts)

      Anything else?

      ps … teh Googles is your friend.

      • cult of basebaal

        left one off, should be 41 hits allowed at home

      • cult of basebaal

        Oh, yeah, and here’s the 2008 Park Factors for Trenton:


        • Mike bk

          if those are the park factors then it is not that much of a pitchers park.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        Eastern League Ballpark Dimensions (LF, CF, RF):

        Mercer County Waterfront Park (Trenton Thunder) – 330, 407, 330
        NYSEG Stadium – 330, 400, 330
        Dodd Memorial Stadium – 309, 401, 309
        New Britain Stadium – 330, 400, 330 Stadium – 325, 404, 325
        Hadlock Field – 315, 400, 330
        Canal Park – 331, 400, 337
        Blair County Ballpark – 325, 405, 325
        Prince George’s Stadium – 309, 405, 309
        Jerry Uht Park – 312, 400, 328
        Metro Bank Park – 325, 400, 325
        First Energy Stadium – 330, 400, 330

        Trenton is a pitcher’s park, but basically all the other parks in the EL are also pitcher’s parks. So the fact that Z-Mac’s road numbers are better doesn’t per se mean that his good numbers aren’t merely inflated by friendly home park effects. He’s also benefiting from friendly road park effects.

        • Mike Axisa

          It’s not just the dimension though, the wind coming off the river just eats up fly balls.

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            Oh, no doubt, Trenton is probably the most Petco-like park of all the EL parks, but the rest of them are pretty tilted towards the defense too, no?

        • cult of basebaal

          Runs Per Game

          Lg. 2008 2007 2006

          Eas 4.62 4.60 4.22
          Sou 4.69 4.56 3.97
          Tex 4.90 4.64 4.92

  • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

    Mo >>>>> Monstero >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Everyone else.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      Somewhere, Francisco Cervelli cries a single tear.

      • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

        Mo >>>>> Monstero >>>>>>>>>>>>Cervelli>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Everyone else.

        • Salty Buggah

          You forgot Melvin!!!!!!! Your credibility just went down the drain.

          • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

            *le sigh*

            Melvin >> Mo >>>> Monstero >>>>>>>>>>Cervelli >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>everyone else

            • Salty Buggah


              Mo>>>>>>>>>Melvin>>>>Monstero>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Cervelli>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>everyone else

              • Rebecca-Optimist Prime

                Dude, I tried. Cut me some slack here! I mean, they all start with M!

                • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

                  NICK SWISHER is gonna kill a puppy if he sees this :(

                • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

                  There is endless debate about the existence of the human soul. Well, souls do exist, and Nick Swisher finds them delicious.

                • Salty Buggah

                  I know you tried but this is something a true devotee of the Yankees religion cannot get wrong or else…

      • Bonos

        Damn, Frisco looked good during his time with the Yankees. No tears, did a hell of a job and I believe will smoke in the second half at Scranton. Hopefully the two codgers continue healthy. He was just getting over the tentative in NY. Behind the plate skills, totally impressive, I was watching the at bat sequences.

        • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

          Yup. He’s going to come in really handy in 2010.

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            he’ll be jorgie’s back up?

            how many games you think he catches? er, i should say, o/o for frankie at 90 games?

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

              Eh, probably less.

              Our little RAB dreams of Jeter moving to the OF and Jorge moving to DH are probably not happening anytime soon. Or perhaps at all.

        • cult of basebaal



          It’s Frankie Brains and you’d best smile when you say it …

          • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

            PASTA FAGIOLE!!!!!

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    He’ll be the sixth … uh … Thunderer to make the team, joining Zach McAllister, Josh Schmidt, Jorge Vazquez, Reegie Corona, and Eduardo Nunez…

    I believe the plural of thunder is “thundii.”

    • Joe LA

      Because I love RAB and because I have to do a paper on them, I actually called the front office of the Trenton Thunder today and asked the Director of Public Relations, who informed me that the players aren’t called thunderers or anything else but they are called “Thunder players”. Super lame, Trenton. Super lame.

      • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

        I’m going to start calling them “Claps”.

        Six Claps named to the All-Star Team. I like it.

        • Jamal G.

          Well, that just isn’t very sanitary.

          • The Fallen Phoenix


  • MikeD

    Montero. Isn’t he about to become the new Fred McGriff? Traded to Toronto?

    I hope that doesn’t happen, as much as I respect Halladay as a pitcher. If it did happen, though, the deal couldn’t be any worse than trading McGriff (along with Dave Collins and Mike Morgan) to the Toronto Blue Jays for Dale Murray and Tom Dodd. Really, what the hell were they thinking? Forgetting the near-HOF career of McGriff (who would have been a HOFer, most likely, if he was allowed to take his left-handed power swing to Yankee Stadium) they also traded Mike Morgan, who granted wasn’t a great pitcher, but had some good years while playing for about twenty years!

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      I like how you disguised that off topic posting about the Roy Halladay sweepstakes by pretending that you were talking about Jesus Montero.

      Well played, MikeD. Real smooth. You win the Axl Memorial Poster of the Day Award.