Montero vs. Santana

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Not Johan, Carlos. I’m sure we’ll see Jesus-Johan matchup soon enough. Adam Foster at Project Prospect broke down down the Yankees top prospect against the Indians top prospect, and says that even though Santana is no slouch with the stick and projects to stay behind the plate, he’d take Montero because he’s a “potential once-in-a-generation force on offense.” He notes that both Santana and Buster Posey are better bets in 2010, but Montero has greater long-term value because he’s already proven to have a significant offensive floor with more room for growth.

Give it a read, you can never get too much of Jesus.

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  • A.D.

    Basically his bat potential allows him to be something special at whatever position he plays, but if its at catcher, it would be the most ridiculous.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      FACT: Jesus Montero has ridiculous upside. FACT.

  • Matt ACTY/BBD

    “potential once-in-a-generation force on offense.” (NSFW)

    • pat

      <3 Meadow.

  • pat

    One of the best parts is that The Jesus is 3.5 years younger than Santana and 2.5 years younger than Posey. He’s straight beastmode.

  • JSquared

    Montero definitely ranks ahead of both of them offensively, no doubt. Where can he possibly play for the Yankees in the Major Leagues though, tough decision. DH and Right Field. First Base when Teixeira has a day off or DH’ing.

    • Reggie C.

      That’s alot of moving around for a kid who likely won’t be 22 when he’s ready to debut. My guess is that the organization is going to keep Montero in AAA for the entire 2010 season, with maybe a call-up in Aug/Sept, depending on how big a lead we have on the 2nd place Rays.

      I think Montero catches & DHs for all of 2010; its only been one or the other since Montero’s signing. Im going to be “pessimistic” and predict that Montero will never be more than a part-time CA, yet, provide terrific offensive value as a DH.

      • Steve H

        depending on how big a lead we have on the 2nd place Rays.

        Nice touch.

  • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

    Not Johan, Carlos.

    For half a second, I thought you were talking about me.

    (Then again, I pretty much always think people are talking about me. I’m irresistible.)

    • JobaJr

      For a second, I thought he was talking about the Latin guitarist.

      • Steve H

        For a second, I thought he was talking about the 1980’s WWF wrester.

  • Evil Empire

    Yeah, I’d like to ask the question of which prospect, in theory, could be of more value to the Yankees

    If Montero does not stick at catcher and he’s not able to play left field at least as well as say … Ryan Braun … than Santana might actually be of more value to this particular team the way it is constructed.

    But if Jesus can be juuuuust good enough to let him stay at catcher, than that truly would be a gift from Mo himself.

    • ColoYank

      I’ll be interested to see how he does catching in Scranton. I mean, Lordy! a catcher who can hit like that.

      He doesn’t have to be good behind the plate. He has to be barely adequate. Posada isn’t a great deal better than barely adequate back there. He developed into an average receiver through hard work, but … I have never liked the weak-wristed way he receives the ball.

    • Steve H

      At what point does his offense outweigh his position scarcity if he can stay at C? Even if he is good enough to stay at catcher, do we want him catching 120 games a year and losing his bat 25% of the time, or do we want him to have less value at a different position but regain that value by playing 155 games?

      • pete

        i’m in this camp

  • Rose

    Jesus Montero Vs. Carlos Santana

    To be honest, I’ve never heard any of Montero’s work…but I do like Santana’s older stuff…”Evil Ways” is classic…and his cover of The Zombies “She’s Not There” is pretty great too…

  • dkidd

    surprising fact: montero plays center field better than john fogerty

    • Rose

      That’s almost as good as the story behind John Fogerty…

      Wrote all the lyrics, music, and melodies for all of the popular CCR songs of the past…his BROTHER is the drummer for CCR…and they kick him out and steal all of his songs (as they are all owned by the band).

      He certainly was no fortunate son…

      • Steve H

        And then he was sued, for plagarism………..of himself.


    Any cause for concern because of Montero’s weak hitting ever since he picked up a bat from the wrist injury?

    • All Praise Be To Mo

      iirc, he had a broken finger, nothing to do with the wrist.

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  • AJ

    so what does girardi do when theres interleague play put montero at C? or in the playoffs? hes gotta learn to play RF gotta be better than Dunn out there right?? thoughts???

  • Adam Foster

    Thank you very much for the link Mike.

    That’s a good point Steve H. about Montero’s playing time at catcher versus designated hitter. If Montero can give the Yankees 1,000+ extra PA as a DH opposed to catcher, is it really worth wearing him down behind the plate?

    LOL at Fogerty vs. Montero in CF dkidd. Hopefully Montero doesn’t need to beg for playing time :).