Dec
23

Jesus Montero ranked the fifth best prospect in baseball

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We know that Jesus Montero is the top-ranked prospect in the Yankees system, but where does he ranked compared to his peers? SI.com recently published Baseball America’s Top 20 prospects, and Jesus ranks fifth overall. Furthermore, John Manuel calls him “The minors’ best hitter.” Those are some pretty hefty accolades for de Jesus, especially considering two of the hitters ranked above him: Jason Heyward of the Braves and Mike Stanton of the Marlins. Slated to start 2010 in AAA, we just might see Montero don the pinstripes before the season closes.

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  • All Praise Be To Mo

    Any reason not to bring him up midway through the season if he’s tearing up AAA in case Nick Johnson gets hurt?

    • vin

      “in case” or “if” Nick gets hurt?

      Not sure he’d be brought up if both Nick and the catchers are healthy. He needs time behind the plate to continue to develop. DHing or being a backup catcher isn’t going to help him much in that regard.

    • http://fmylife.com JobaJr

      Doubt it. The kid’s barely 20 years old and was playing in Single-A last Spring.

      • Dave M

        WHEN Nick Johnson gets hurt.

    • Bill O

      Not if you want him to develop as a catcher.

  • larryf

    Jesus saves!… and I will be at several Scranton games this year. Makes for some nice road trips to Durham and Norfolk as well. Good, wholesome, inexpensive entertainment with a Jesus autograph to top it all off….

  • Salty Buggah

    Slated to start 2010 in AAA, we just might see Montero don the pinstripes before the season closes.

    :Screams like a 12 year old girl, or JMK, at a Justin Bieber concert:

    • http://www.richardiurilli.com Richard Iurilli

      :Screams with Salty Buggah:

      Seriously, just let us know what number he’ll be wearing so we can go buy our jerseys now.

      • Steve H

        3:16

        • Kevin M.

          LOL….Now that’s a reply!!!

  • The Evil Empire

    What are Montero’s winter ball numbers? Why were they low?

    • V Squared

      I think he batted around .115 but Mike Axisa would know for sure.

      • Doug

        yup

        .115/.207/.115 in only 26 ABs.

        team stopped playing him after the 1st week or so. not because of injury, but supposedly the teams over there will just not play you if you’re not hitting. even if you are jesus.

        • vin

          Well then, his manager is going to hell.

    • JGS

      I broke my finger a couple of months ago, still don’t have full movement back, and certainly don’t trust it for anything sports-related.

      From everything I heard, Jesus’ broken finger was decently worse than mine, so there is rust from simply not playing for a couple of months added on top of whatever residual mistrust of the finger he has left. He’ll be just fine

  • AndrewYF

    Casey Kelly at number 14, holy cow…is he the most overhyped prospect in baseball?

    • Salty Buggah

      Pitching wise, I heard he’s pretty legit

      • vin

        Yeah, he had a great AA debut as a 19 year old.

        9 starts, 48.1 ip, 1.12 ERA, 6 h/9, 0 hrs, 1.7 bb/9, 7.3 k/9, 0.85 whip

        We shall see how he does with a larger sample.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Check your leagues, Vin. Make that the Carolina League. Low A.

          • Steve H

            Truly, I think he’s being overhyped because of Theo placing a (bogus) untouchable label on him. If Theo thinks he’s great, he must be great, right?

          • vin

            No, he was better in AA, than the Carolina league (statistically).

            http://www.thebaseballcube.com.....ly-1.shtml

            • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Baseball cube in wrong vin. Greenville is in the Carolina League. Low A

              http://www.baseball-reference......lly-001cas

              • vin

                Hmmm…

                Looks like (Salem of) the Carolina League is A+.

                Greenville is in the SAL league, which is A-.

                The internet lied to me!

                Either way, he still SUCKS!!!!1!!!!

                http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/minorle.....p?c_id=bos

                • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

                  Baseball Cube is obviously a Red Sox conspiracy portal.

                • vin

                  I’ll add it to the list.

              • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

                Sorry. Greenville is in the Sally League.

        • Chris

          Here’s a great AA debut by a 19 year old:

          21 starts, 116 IP, 2.25 ERA, 5.7 H/9, 0.4 HR/9, 2.5 BB/9, 10.4 K/9

          Those are Phil Hughes’ stats from AA when he was the same age as Casey Kelly. (Ok, Hughes was 3 months older than Kelly, but it’s close enough)

      • Steve H

        How much better is he than Viz though? Simlar age/experience/stuff.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          He has an absolutely nasty curveball, good control on his fastball, makings of a very good change. Above that, he’s athletic with a good frame that should fill out and allow for a consistent low-90s fastball.

          Let’s be fair here, guys. Casey Kelly looks good. He looks real good.

          Viz has a better fastball and good command but his off-speed stuff isn’t as refined and he doesn’t have the frame of Kelly.

          http://projectprospect.com/art.....ing-report

          • Steve H

            Yeah, I’ve read a lot of profiles on him that say his peak is a #2 though. Considering they are “prospects”, I would think a #2 peak guy wouldn’t be the 14th best prospect in all of baseball.

            • Evil Empire

              Depends on how much of a sure thing he is projected to be probably.

              • Chris

                When a player hasn’t played above A-ball, they’re not much of a sure thing.

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

            Right now, he sits in the 85-90 range with his fastball. Right now.

            With that being said, are there not any pitchers in the minor league system better than him other than Strasburg, Perez and Bumgarner? He’s the 4th best pitcher in all of minor league baseball? Really? 4th best?

            • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

              Yeah, it’s a bit high. He’s probably within the same second-tier range of Viz, ManBan, Teheran, Perez and Meija, though I’d argue he and Perez probably lead that class.

              The TB guys (Davis, Hellickson), Feliz, MadBum, Arietta, Daniel Hudson, Carasco, Drabek, Jarrod Parker and a few others I can’t think of should be rated ahead of him. Kelly looks really good, but ultimately, he’s too young and hasn’t seen enough levels to warrant that much praise.

              Still, if his fastball can jump a few clicks, he’s easily one of the best prospects in the game. Easily.

          • Salty Buggah

            I would argue Arodys has a higher ceiling since he has more power stuff and his polish isn’t that far behind

          • Doug

            anyone else catch this blurb in kelly’s profile:

            “Rivaled Andrew Brackman as the best breaking pitch I’ve seen this year.”

            • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

              Brackman’s curve rated as an 80/80 when we drafted him. Don’t totally snooze on Brackman—he has unbelievable raw talent with true ace stuff. He’s just a mechanical mess with injury concerns.

          • Doug

            Ben Badler (from BA) on ESPN chat today said that Arodys will probably sneak into the top 50 this year

            • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Now that he’s not in the Yankee system, I’m sure he will.

              • Bill O

                In fairness BA has always liked Arodys and always mentioned him as someone that could jump into the top 100 or 50 prospects.

                I agree with their sentiment too there’s no reason to believe he couldn’t be top 50 with a year of full season ball under his belt. His stuff is outstanding. He already has a big league plus fastball and curveball with the makings of a solid changeup. His command of his fastball and curveball is also good.

                He also already throws mid 90’s with room to add a couple ticks.

                He’s a tremendous prospect, he’s just so far away right now that you never know what will happen.

                Giving him up in the Javy trade was a big loss he was without doubt IMO the most valuable chip we gave up. Melky and Dunn could contribute at the ML level today, but neither has anywhere near the upside of Arodys.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE!!!!

    • Mike bk

      if Kelly is 14 than Man-Ban should def be top 30.

  • Steve H

    Miguel Cabrera (whom Jesus is often compared to) as a 20 year old got half a seasons ab’s on a WS winning team, I don’t see why Jesus couldn’t get a chance to come up if/when he’s destroying AAA.

    • Camilo Gerardo

      yeaH!! let’s have the jesus get more rings than yogi

  • Bryan

    How can anyone take that list seriously when Manuel says “The Yankees don’t see him as Jorge Posada’s heir because his defense is on par with Piazza’s or worse” yet Vice President of baseball operations for the NYY Mark Newman states emphatically (as he’s done pretty much every time Montero’s name has been mentioned the past few years) “the Yankees still see their top prospect as a catcher” ?

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/200.....ep-closer/

    • Steve H

      Didn’t he also say they could bring him up this year as a backup catcher/DH? If they didn’t see him as a catcher, they would move him off ASAP.

    • Doug

      maybe manuel and newman haven’t talked ;-)

    • Glen L

      Because the yanks president of baseball operations has far less reason to be objective and potentially diminish a prospects trade value by saying he cannot play an up the middle defensive position than does a baseball prospect ranking organization with no vested interest in the player

      • Bryan

        That would require Mark Newman to think that all the scouts and baseball people around MLB are unable to think for themselves and I highly doubt that is the case. If you think for one minute he’s thinking that if he says he’s not a catcher in the forseeable that his value will diminish is pure lunacy as that would mean Mark Newman is smarter than every other teams baseball scouts as they are unable to think for themselves ! The fact of the matter is that Joe Mauer changed most teams thinking when it comes to be “too big” to be a catcher and even with marginal defense at best (Jorge Posada) the NYY will still keep him as a catcher.

  • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

    I actually wouldn’t have minded seeing El Carpintero start the 2010 season in AA (with a promotion to AAA within a month or two if he was just killing the competition), since he didn’t get many ABs there and AAA will be his third level in less than a year, but I tend to fall on the more conservative side when it comes to promotions.

    • vin

      I wonder how much Romine’s readiness to play in AA factored into Jesus being moved up to AAA. Perhaps they feel both guys need regular action behind the plate. It will be interesting to see how they both handle the promotions.

      • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

        Romine’s play may have been a small factor, but ultimately, they saw no benefit in him continuing to tee off on AA pitching and he can refine his defensive skills in AAA while facing more advanced pitching. He was ready. Romine looked very good in Hi-A and is probably ready for AA, though he may be a bit overmatched at first.

        I think they’ll both stay at their respective leagues throughout the year. Maybe Montero gets a September call-up. We have tremendous depth at C. Let them get their at-bats in at one league for a full season.

        • Camilo Gerardo

          correct me if i’m wrong, but didn’t Romine win the FSL MVP?

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            Yup.

    • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

      Eh, probably best to give he and Romine full-time duties rather than splitting time.

      • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Eh… I’d rather concentrate on definitely not rushing El Carpintero rather than worrying about where Romine will start the season. For all I care, he can stick in Tampa for the first month or two while El Carpintero gets some work at AA before moving up to AAA. I’m not talking about holding these guys back for a year or anything, I’d just be a bit more cautious with the promotions. They can always just promote them if they’re killing the competition and I’d rather do that than promote a kid too quickly.

        I’m really not overly concerned with this, clearly I defer to the Yankees’ judgment on these guys since they know best, they know the players better than anyone else, and they have the biggest stake in these guys all working out so obviously they’re making what they consider to be the right move. I just always figure that holding off on a promotion doesn’t hurt a player, while when you promote guys, you run the risk of putting him up against a level of competition he’s not quite ready for, hurting his confidence, yadda yadda.

        • Mike bk

          they already held romine back as he was ready to move to trenton in august last year, but let him finish at Tampa.

          • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            Ok, so hold him back another month or two. Is it going to hurt him to get some playing time behind the plate and get some ABs in Tampa until Montero hits his way out of Trenton and vacates the spot for him? I like Romine, but he’s considerably lower on my list of priorities than Montero. And, again, I’m only talking about a month or two, here. Just enough time to make sure Montero’s completely back from his injury and looks ready for AAA.

            • Mike bk

              well they will know that in ST.

        • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

          I guess they figure the bat is ready for the jump. His biggest issue is catching which is best addressed while starting every-ish day. If he’s splitting time with Romine you have to figure his progress behind the dish would be somewhat thwarted.

          I’m sure the Yanks wouldn’t rush him unless they are 100% sure he’s ready.

          • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            ” If he’s splitting time with Romine you have to figure his progress behind the dish would be somewhat thwarted.”

            Dude, I just explained, in the comment you’re responding to, that I’m not talking about Montero and Romine splitting time. In the comment you just responded to I explained that if Montero were to start the season in Trenton I’d have Romine start the season in Tampa. Neither or them would be splitting time behind the plate. Shift everyone down a level to start the season until you get to that open spot in the catching ranks, I forget which level it’s at. Then, a month or two in, when El Carpintero has showed that he’s mashing AA and is back from the injury and everything is a-ok, Romine goes up to Trenton, and promotions happen accordingly.

            • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

              If the not splitting time thing was unclear in the comment you responded to, hopefully this clears it up. What I’m saying is Montero starts in AA and doesn’t split time, Romine starts in Tampa and doesn’t split time.

            • http://dinosaursneverexisted.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/melky.jpg Drew

              My bad man I did kind of gloss over it.

              As I explained though I think there is no reason to hold him back if they feel the bat is ready.

              Let Higa do it in one of Charleston/Tampa, let Romine do it in Trenton and let Jesus man Scranton.

              For catchers I think it’s best to enter the season with a team and stick with them. This way you’re accustomed to the new pitchers and won’t have to learn them mid-season.

            • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

              I believe it’s Tampa without a legit prospect according to the way our Farm catching depth goes. Sanchez and Murphy are GCL, Staten Island, Higgy at Charleston, X at Tampa, Romine at AA, Montero at AAA.

              • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

                Cool.. So Montero in Trenton, Romine in Tampa, for a short while. That’s all I’m talking about.

                • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

                  I’m generally pretty conservative when it comes to the farm (and development in general, particularly with pitching—but we’ve had those chats), so I’d prefer to take their development very slowly.

                  Yeah, Montero will probably crush Trenton and he’s offensively probably ready for SWB, but why chance it? We have time, depth and no real need for them to be rushed. Baby steps. Give them tremendous confidence, let them catch full time at levels they’ve already played well at and move them up after a half-season or if the batting numbers are something like .390/.510/.600/.1100 after a month or two.

                  I don’t see the downside.

              • Mike bk

                I think murphy will go to SI after extended ST, perkins (the aussie) will probably be at GCL with Sanchez.

        • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

          AA -> AAA isn’t as big a jump as A->AA. It’s not really rushing him at this point.

          • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

            It’s just a difference in philosophy. I totally get why you guys want him to start in AAA, I’m just, as I stipulated, more conservative when it comes to prospect promotions. I’d just rather eliminate some risk by just keeping the kid in AA for a month or two (again, I’m talking a short-term wait here). I’m not accusing anyone of being too aggressive or rushing the kid, I’d just move that very little bit slower.

            • Evil Empire

              HERESY!

    • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

      Yup. No need to rush him. His value as a Catcher is so much greater, he’s young, we don’t seemingly have any real holes needed now—let him develop defensive skills and better pitch recognition.

      As much as I love Jesus, I don’t want to see him this year.

      • Chris

        I disagree. As much as people argue that Montero is improving as a catcher and will be able to play there in the majors, I think it’s pretty clear that he’s going to have to move off th position at some point (relatively early) in his career. If they anticipate that by age 27 he won’t be a full time catcher any more, then there is a lot of added value in bringing him up early so you can get the value of his years at catcher on the ML team and not in the minors.

        • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

          It’s clear to you that he can’t be a catcher, but it’s not clear to the Yankees. I think the Yankees’ opinion is more important and better informed than yours.

          He may wind up moving away from catcher, but it’s anything but clear at this point that that’s going to happen.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Man Mondesi, I’m just not feeling “El Carpintero”. It’s too obvious. We should organize a nickname contest. I’ll throw the name “El Torito” in the hat, but I’m not married to it.

      • vin

        Reminds me too much of Bob Watson.

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          Reminds me too much of Bob Watson Villa.

          FTFY

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Yeah, like I said, I’m not married to it.

          • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

            I’m nominating “The Venezuelan Hot Pocket,” but I’m not common-law married to it.

            • Mr.Jigginz

              El Monstruo de Cielo…”Heaven’s Monster”

      • http://threequarters.cementhorizon.com/archives/kool%20aid%20man.bmp The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Whatevs, obviously I’ll throw El Carpintero into the contest.

        Between El Carpintero and El Torito I’d go with Carpintero… I mean, Little Bull? A) He’s not little, he’s enormous. B) That name could literally be given to any player in baseball, it has nothing to do with Jesus Montero.

        I’ll stick with the name that has something to do with the kid sharing a name with the Christian messiah and connotes a person who is an expert at working with wood in their hands. (Come on, pat/JMK, I’m teeing it up for you here.)

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Don’t worry, “el torito” was just something off the top of my head. “El Carpintero” is better, but I’ll bring the heat next time.

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Melvin-To-America/193013541601?ref=nf Andy in Sunny Daytona

            How about, “La Venganza de Dios”?

            • vin

              I like that.

              How about “el elegido”

        • JMK THE OVERSHARE’s Glenn Beck Complex

          My Spanish is woeful. I’m able to speak Hungarian, English and a bit of Latin. You just had to choose Spanish, didn’t you?

          Anyway, I think El Carpintero works well with our trilogy theme and euphemisms but sounds clumsy and unnatural as a nickname. Just doesn’t roll off the tongue well. El Torito doesn’t really fit him either.

          El Matador de Mastabator (roughly the Masturbating Bull, I believe), El Carnicero (The Butcher), El Bolsillo Caliente de Venezuela (The Venezuelan Hot Pocket) are my picks.

  • bullwinkles

    Why don’t they start teaching him how to play the outfield if he’s not a legit chance as a catcher?

    • Steve H

      Because the Yankees do think he has a chance to stay at catcher. Otherwise you are right, they would obviously move him off ASAP.

      • Evil Empire

        Much more trade value as a catcher too. Just sayin’

        • Steve H

          Don’t say that. Ever again.

          • Evil Empire

            It really is hard to imagine the type of trade it would take to get equal value for Montero. Even if he becomes a 1B/DH type, this kid will fuck shit up hardcore.

            • vin

              Axisa might disagree with you. (see today’s chat)

              • Doug

                was going to say the same thing vin. mike said he deal the man-child for 50+ players in baseball right now

              • Evil Empire

                Naw I think we’re on the same page. He mentioned 50 major leaguers and guys like Heyward.

                Trades for any of those guys would be epic.

              • Salty Buggah

                Well, I might also consider trading Jesus for a 27 yr old (28 in July) who OPS’d .946 in 08 and .883 this past year (interestingly he had double the ABs in 09 than in 08 so maybe he got exposed slightly?) who provides average D at a corner OF position.

                Might. I wont give up Jesus as quickly Mike was willing to but I would consider it.

                • vin

                  One of the (many) nice things about Montero is that he plays a position that will be fully available after 2011. There’s inherent value in that.

                  I’m a big fan of Choo, but buying a great corner OF is easier to do than a great catcher.

                • Doug

                  but that’s the question, vin. he may not be able to stay behind the plate

                • vin

                  True, or so the critics have told me. However, I’m yet to see someone from the Yankees express that concern.

                  I don’t know who to believe… but I do know that there have been plenty of successful big catchers. And, of course, Mike Piazza will be going to the HOF as a hitter who just so happened to catch. Time will tell, I guess.

                • Doug

                  i have not read any non-yankee “expert” (scout, analyst, whatever) say they think montero will be a big league catcher.

                  but it is the yanks opinion that matters most because he does don the pinstripes.

                  and, yeah, if montero becomes even half of piazza, we’re sitting pretty

          • ecksodia

            He won’t be able to. I think he was burnt to a crisp by the righteous fury of God.

    • Doug

      because his value is highest as a catcher. yanks are gonna try their darndest to make it work as it’s in their best interest

  • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

    Gotta love Montero.

  • Salty Buggah

    Can’t wait until the date of his HOF induction is announced

    /kidding…kinda

  • Mike bk

    I still cant believe if it actually happened that the Marlins turned down Smoak and Feliz for JJ. JJ is a stud, but so are both those kids they got offered and if they are going to eventually deal JJ anyway, should have taken it.

    • Salty Buggah

      Wasn’t that rumor shot down?

      • Doug

        yeah, never really heard it confirmed

    • Zack

      Pretty sure Smoak was traded to Boston for Brad Penny

      /Gammon’s fantasy land

      • Camilo Gerardo

        icwudt

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  • Guest

    I would rather see Montero get an entire year in AAA. From everything I have seen, he is a big kid who is incredibly raw from a defensive standpoint. But importantly, he has a strong work ethic and shown pretty consistent improvement defensively. If this is the case, we should do everything in our power to see if he can develop into even an adequate defensive catcher (somewhere along the lines of Jorge, slightly better than Piazza). His value would be immense if he could pull that off and reaches his ceiling as a hitter. If we bring him up to be a DH or corner outfielder half-way through the season, he will lose an important year of defensive development. Moreover, we might fall into the same confirmation bias if he mashes as a DH or a corner outfielder that we have fallen into with Joba and Phil out of the bullpen, which would make it impossible for the team to send him back to the minors in 2011 to finish his defensive seasoning.

    He’s a diamond in the rough that is thisclose to being finished. Let’s not rush the process and diminish the luster on the crown jewel.

  • larryf

    We have a latin dynasty at catcher from coach Pena to Posada/Molina/Cervelli/Montero. The older guys should be able to teach Montero all the tricks. He should succeed. I am also looking forward this year to watch Cervelli’s defensive skills-I think he is a talent behind the plate…

  • salvatore Interlandi

    What do you guys think about handing the kid an OF’ers glove? This is not due to our open LF spot… I do believe Jesus needs more ABs in the minors, but if he isn’t seen as a C of the future and 1b is blocked why not OF.

    • larryf

      he doesn’t run well from the little I’ve seen but hey Babe Ruth didn’t run well either I’m told….and their hitting is about even according to the RAB world…

  • Bob Michaels

    Jesus can hit, why not bring him to the Big club in the Sept 2010 call up to have him get that playoff fever.

  • t

    Unless someone gets hurt I don’t see him being called up. It’s certainly possible but unless there is a relatively large hole in the lineup it would be best to keep him in the minors where he can develop.

  • YFan

    Hey guys, anyone know the Blog/Site Lane Meyer from NoMaas is on now? His draft coverage is one of the best.

    • YFan

      Sorry, meant to post this in the Open Thread. Just got back from a party still a little foggy.

  • V

    So.. um… pure hypothetical.

    Let’s say Jesus gets his token Spring Training ABs. And CRUSHES THE BALL. Like, Monstero .400/.500/.600 style. And plays ok defense. Then goes to AAA to start the season, and continues mashing.

    How long until he’s promoted?

  • V

    “Q. Why in the world did anybody have to “push” to get Mike Piazza promoted?

    A. As Wright explains, “visual scouts” — as he calls them — place far too much emphasis on the physical gifts of quick feet and strong throwing arm, for catchers.

    Piazza never had and never developed either of these things, and according to Wright, many times an ML organization looks at practically nothing else in a young catcher. “You have to play defense first,” is the paradigm, and “without the feet and the arm you can’t play defense,” is the reasoning. So scouts viewed Piazza as absolutely not a realistic choice from catcher, all the way up through his rookie year.

    They still look at it that way. Most people think of Piazza as a guy who hit a ton, but who gave a lot of it back on defense.”

    http://seattlesportsinsider.co.....f-clement/

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