Jan
06

Prospect Profile: Jesus Montero

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Jesus Montero

Jesus Montero | C

Background
Montero grew up in Guacara, Venezuela, not far from the capital of Caracas. He was signed by Carlos Rios, the Yankees’ director of Latin American scouting, on the first day of July 2nd international signing period in 2006 for $2M, however the deal was later negotiated down to $1.65M. Rumors popped up that Montero lied about his age, however those were eventually shot down and the reason for the bonus cutback has never been officially disclosed. For what it’s worth, Rios was fired two years later for his role in a bonus skimming scandal, in which he forced several players to kick back some bonus money.

Pro Career
A year after signing his first professional contract, Montero made his debut with the rookie level Gulf Coast League Yankees in 2007, hitting .280-.366-.421 with three homers and six doubles in 33 games, 23 as a catcher. He led the charge as the GCL Yanks took home the league championship by driving in six runs thanks to a 7-for-17 performance with three doubles and a homer in four playoff games. Playing at home in Venezuela after the season, Montero hit .358-.453-.630 with four doubles and six homers in 23 winter ball games.

Prior to the 2008 season, Baseball America ranked Montero the sixth best prospect in the organization. The Yankees challenged him by assigning him to a full season league as an 18-year-old, and Montero responded by leading the South Atlantic League with 171 hits and finishing in the top ten in runs scored (86), doubles (34), runs batted in (87), and total bases (258). His 17 homers were good for twelfth in the league, and he also appeared in the Futures Game. With fellow catching prospect Austin Romine also playing for the River Dogs, Montero spent just 71 of his 132 games played behind the dish. Following the season, Baseball America rated Montero as the club’s second best prospect.

Sent to High-A Tampa to begin the 2009 season, Montero lasted just 48 games there before being promoted to Double-A Trenton. In his short time with Tampa, he hit a whopping .356-.406-.583 with eight homers in 180 at-bats, catching 26 games in another platoon with Romine. As a teenager in the Double-A Eastern League, Montero hit .317-.370-.539 with nine homers 167 at-bats, catching 33 of 44 games. He was named to the Eastern League All Star Team and again participated in the Futures Game, though his season was cut short when he suffered a broken middle finger on his left (glove) hand in early August while catching. Overall, Montero hit .337-.389-.562 with 17 homers in 92 games in 2009.

After the season, Montero again played winter ball in his native Venezuela, though he struggled to shake off the rust and played in just nine regular season games. Every reputable scouting publication named Montero as the organization’s top prospect following the season, plus John Manuel of Baseball America called him the minor’s best hitter while Keith Law said he was in the top ten.

Scouting Report
The first thing everyone talks about with Montero is his bat, and rightfully so. He has an uncanny ability to get the fat part of the bat consistently on the ball, and he can go out and get pitches on the outer half just as well as he can turn on stuff inside. Montero’s power is truly top of the line, and while his swing isn’t textbook – he gets out on his front foot a little early – his ability to recognize pitches and raw strength still allow him to hit everything with authority, even breaking balls when he gets out in front. Montero’s bat is truly special; it’s not crazy to expect him to hit around .300 with 30 homers or so annually.

As good as his offense is, Montero’s defense is a major question mark. At 6′-4″ and 225 pounds and just 20-years-old, he’s already too big to catch, and he lacks the athleticism to make up for it. While he works hard at his craft and has improved his throws, he’s not long for the catching position. Given his general lack of athleticism, first base is next logical option. A corner outfield spot could also be a possibility, though he’s sure to be a liability out there. Given his bat, the team will find a way to get him in the lineup every day.

Here’s a clip of Montero taking batting practice, and another of him working behind the plate in Spring Training.

2010 Outlook
Farm director Mark Newman has already confirmed that Montero will start the 2010 season as the every day catcher for Triple-A Scranton. There’s a slim chance he hits his way into a spot with the big league club as an injury fill-in at some point, though that’s unlikely. A September call-up is far greater possibility.

My Take
Well, I’m always skeptical of prospects fresh off the international market, especially when they come with the purported hitting ability Montero possessed when he was signed. There’s just too much bad information out there on those players, but Montero is one of the rare players that has made good on those scouting reports. It’ll sound like hyperbole, but Montero is the organization’s best hitting prospect since Derek Jeter, and the best power hitting prospect since who knows when. The only problem is finding a spot to play him, but that’ll work itself out. It always does.

Photo Credit: Mike Ashmore

Categories : Prospect Profiles
  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

    This explains why nobody besides Andre Dawson got into the HoF:

    All the ballots had only two names on them: Dawson and Jesus Montero. He’s already in the Hall, they’re just delaying the announcement until after he officially retires.

  • pat

    HOLY CRAP a Jesus Montero Shamrocked Trenton Thunder Jersey.

    That might be my Holy Grail.

    • Thomas

      I have never been more proud to be Irish in my life.

      • pat

        I’ll drink to that.

      • jsbrendog

        12.5 percent of me agrees with you.

        but seriously, i would totally buy that in a heartbeat…does it exist?

      • pat

        Just by wearing a jersey with shamrocks I think the Jesus is now eligible to play for Ireland in the WBC. WOOT.

      • Stormrider6

        25% of me is 100% Irish, and damn proud!

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    Jesús saves.

  • jsbrendog

    getting his autograph at the aa allstar game was the highlight of my season. now he has to be a hall of famer.

    i told him i’d remember that day when he was inducted lol

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      I got him a Get Well Soon card after he hurt his finger and have it on reasonably good authority that he liked it =D

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

        I’ve seen that card on your site or this one. The artistry was second to none. Your stick figures would make a caveman in France, green with envy.

      • Steve H

        Still stalking his brother?

        • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

          Speaking about Facebook stalking does anyone know if Jesus has an actual facebook that is his?

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

            Not that I know of. His brother is my friend, and he’s not on his. Frankie Cervelli has a real one, so does Ramiro Pena. I got Kyle Perkins, The Aussie catcher, to join my Melvin to America page.

            • Mike Pop

              Brett Marshall and Slade Heathcott too.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan – Cashman Has No Equal

    Bust.

  • danny

    all hail.

  • Jon in Residential Port Orange

    In Tampa earlier this year, I pleaded with my girlfriend to get Montero to autograph a ball. Not only did he autograph it but he asked for her number. Score!

    • jsbrendog

      well played on multiple fronts then

      • A.D.

        Till he makes the bigs and steals Jon’s girlfriend

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

      I think I know her. She totally did him. :)

      Volusia represent.

    • Brooklyn Ed

      +1

      Volusia Resident represent.

      • Jon in Residential Port Orange

        Jackie. Robinson. Ballpark. More historic than any High-A park you know of.

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

          Many a night I’ve spent there, consuming lots and lots of beer. (all in Jackie’s honor, of course)

          • Jon in Residential Port Orange

            Yeah, you really can’t beat Thirsty Thursdays. The natives get a little restless though when the Yanks are in town and I’ve got the TY hat going.

            • Stormrider6

              I killed many brain cells at Thirsty Thursdays when I was in college. I wish I had the keen interest in baseball prospects that I do now back then, though…

  • Tampa Yankee

    This made my day Mike. Thank you!

    Say he does hit well enough to warrant a mid-season call up. Do you think it’s in his best interest to spend the whole year down at AAA working on his defense? I mean. he’s never had time as the everyday catcher so, besides working on his defense, this will also show how he handles a full season behind the dish as well.

    • RollingWave

      I guess that we’re running under the assumption of a Nick Johnson injury (which seems both most likely to happen and where Montero would make the most sense to call up) . I’d say yes. the chances of him sticking as a legitimate C seems meh, and if he’s the new Edgar Martinez you really don’t want to waste his bat for as long as the Mariners did.

  • Steve H

    while his swing isn’t textbook – he gets out on his front foot a little early

    I’m guessing this is where some of the Frank Thomas comps come from, besides just production.

    • RollingWave

      Thomas showed massive patience in the minors, it was almost Nick Johnson level absurdity, and basically it took him less than 700 PA before he tore down the doors to the majors literally. of course, he was also older than Montero when he was drafted (and i expect Montero to be in the majors in less than 700 additional PA)

      At this point, Montero appears only above average patience wise, there’s a little Robinson Cano in him (swing at bad pitches but also hits bad pitches) though he’s also got a lot more power and isn’t quiet as indifferent to pitches as Robbie.

      His best case as a hitter would seems something like Miguel Cabrera. though it’s always hard to say, Miguel didn’t hit THAT much in the minors until his age 20 season and then he was up in the majors for good

  • pat

    If he doesn’t stick at catcher I’d imagine RF or perma DH is his landing spot. He doesn’t have the mobility to man LF in YS and he has a cannon for an arm that would be well suited for RF.

  • the artist formerly known as (sic)

    posting in epic thread

  • Mike Pop

    Adam Foster gave him a Miguel Cabrera comp to me on Twitter when I asked. If that’s the case, I’d be happy ;)

    • pat

      Hopefully without the drinking and domestic disturbance issues.

      • Mike Pop

        Maybe trade him for Casey Kelly while his value is still high?

        • Steve H

          Jesus+Zmac+Man Ban+CC (we eat his salary)+Romine won’t get you Kelly. Theo would hang up and change his number.

          • johnny

            That’s a bit overboard. Theo(and any other gm) would give their first born for CC.

            • andrew

              So you’re saying they might toss in Kotchman if we call them quickly before they finish the Mariners trade?

            • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

              Yeah of course they’ll give up their first born children. But Theo will not give up almighty pitcher and powerful hitter Casey Kelly.

              • Steve H

                Exactly.

                Casey Kelly>>>>>>>>>>>>>First born child

  • A.D.

    Best prospect profile ever?

    • http://www.twitter.com/wahbjo01 Jordan – Cashman Has No Equal

      Still waiting on Wordekemper.

      • A.D.

        True, gotta have that top trade chip.

    • Thomas

      Melvin profile > Montero profile

      • Joey

        +1, that was the best

  • A.D.

    Wonder if they give him reps in LF, especially as “off days” from catching.

  • AndrewYF

    How valuable would Miguel Cabrera be if he were just a DH?

    • Steve H

      How valuable would Miguel Cabrera be if he had a DD?

      • Mike Pop

        Nice.

    • Thomas

      About 4.84 WAR.

    • A.D.

      Still quite valuable, given that 1B isn’t a valuable position, and he hasn’t been a great defender (though his UZR this year was positive)

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

    Who’s this guy? Jesus Montero? Never heard of him. He’s no Casey Kelly.

    /Gammons’d

    • pat

      Hahah nice try. Lemme guess Jesus Montero is your buddy sitting next to you.

      /you know who’d

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

      reply fail

      /Typical idiotic Andy’d

  • Ban Bud

    “nd the best power hitting prospect since who knows when”

    Since Dan Pasqua!

    • BringBackWillieRandolph

      I was thinking Steve Balboni

      • Peedlum

        Hensley “BAM BAM” Meulens”

  • AndrewYF

    What’s the chance Montero pulls a Lars Anderson and completely collapses at the plate? Are there fatal flaws in his swing that could be exposed?

    • A.D.

      If he does, at least it will be at AAA instead of AA

    • pat

      Doubtful. While Lars was at A+ and AA he struck out about 2.5 times more than the Jesus. Lars was also a year older than the Jesus.

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

        2 years older.

        • pat

          Overall Lars is two years older. But last year’s Lars who played at A+ and AA @ age 20 was a year older than this year’s Montero who played A+ and AA @ age 20. Does that make sense?

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

            Ok, ICWUDT. BUT, Lars repeated AA, failed miserably, and no Jesus has gained another year on him. CWUIDT?

            • pat

              ICWUDT & IETCVM

    • Rod

      He doesn’t really have a long swing and he seems to recognize pitches extremely well. He’d probably walk more if not for his elite ability to make contact – likely something that will come in time.

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

        Kelly? You’re right. He’s the bestest.

        /Baseball America’d

  • Rockdog

    I think this should be remain just under the RAB masthead until Jesus is in the Show.

  • Jack
    • pat

      +1

    • pete

      too much.

  • Steve

    “It’ll sound like hyperbole, but Montero is the organization’s best…power hitting prospect since who knows when.”

    Hensley Meulens? Let’s hope he pans out a little better than that. I’m excited about this kid.

    • pat

      Bam Bam never hit for average like the Jesus can.

      • J

        Kevin Mass

      • Kyle

        Kevin Maas?

      • pat

        Neither did Maas.

    • OldYanksFan

      Scouting from Baseball Cube
      —————————-
      Hensley Meulens
      Power: 83
      Batting: 46
      Speed: 58
      Contact: 30
      Patience: 67

      Jesus Montero
      Power: 80
      Batting: 90
      Speed: 7
      Contact: 84
      Patience: 45

      • jsbrendog

        speed 7?

        wow

        • Steve H

          7 minute abs.

  • themgmt

    The coming of The Carpenter.

    • Mike Pop

      I like that nickname for him.

      Hats off to Mondesi if he was the first.

    • BoogieDown bronx

      nice…jesus and “knows how to use the lumber” correlations..double whammy

  • johnny

    I wonder if he can be convinced to chanfe his last name to Fuckingchristinpinstripes

    • Steve H

      I thought that’s what his name translated to anyway.

  • themgmt

    Pretty disappointed to see the ‘non-catcher’ theme perpetuated on here though.

    He’s a catcher until he’s not.

    • Rod

      Seriously, if Mike Piazza and Jorge Posada can stick at catcher, this kid surely can at least until 1b is open again.

      • AndrewYF

        Jorge Posada is actually an athlete, who started at 2B.

        Jesus Montero, IIRC, was a DH/1Bman until the Yankees converted him to catcher.

        I agree with the Mike Piazza part, but as good a prospect as Montero is, comparing him to the best-hitting catcher of all time is more than a little unrealistic.

        • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

          He was a third basemen.

        • Rod

          Yeah but Posada occasionally has an issue catching balls he called for that hit his glove where he called for them. I guess I’m saying that occasionally that leather thing on his left hand is just there to keep his hand warm.

          • Camilo Gerardo

            hate how he doesn’t even try to frame some waist high pitches over the plate

      • Jack

        Jorge Posada isn’t the best defensive catcher, but I don’t think it’s really fair to put him in the same sentence as piazza. He’s not that bad.

        • johnny

          I could be wrong, but I think the greater concern is what the catching position could do to a body that size, as opposed to how well montero can do the job. he’s a good 40 pounds heavier than a typical catcher(next time you go to the gym add 40 pounds to your squats then imagine doing that all year), and his bat may prove too valuable to shelve for weeks at a time when his knees start barking.

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090810&content_id=6355462&vkey=news_nyy&fext=.jsp&c_id=nyy JobaWockeeZ

    Jesus a September call up? I’ll be psyched if he is. Can’t wait for the stud.

    • pat

      If he stays healthy I would think September is the latest you’d see him.

      • Brooklyn Ed

        MO forbid if Posada goes down on injury, would be the first call up or Mike Rivera? Most likely Rivera, right?

        • pat

          I would think they go with the vet to sit on the bench while Cervelli starts. I think at this juncture it is much more important for him to log innings behind the plate to determine if he really can hack it there longterm than it is for the big league team to have another bat.

          • king of fruitless hypotheticals

            Montero is moving up very quickly, no? As much as I’d like to see him as our opening day anything, I’d like to think the Yanks have so few injuries and such a large lead, that he finishes his AAA season with accolades then joins us for 10 games in September.

            Then proceeds to make the post-season roster going 13-18 with 6 HR and 20 RBI to nearly match the awe-inspiring 31 IBB…

  • Peter

    For what it’s worth (found some stats, thought they’d be interesting to note):

    Montero— 979 career ABs, .325 avg/.379 OBP/.509 SLG/.888 OPS

    In high-A at 19, Montero hit .356 with a .583 OBP and a .989 OPS; Bonds at 20 in A ball hit .299 with a .547 SLG

    Hit 50 points high than Fiedler at same level even though Montero was a full year younger (AA)

    At age 20 and Level AA: Fielder averaged a home run every 21 ABs; Age 21 and Level AA: Manny averaged 1 HR for every 20 ABs; Age 19 and Level AA: Montero 1 HR for every 18.

    10 more career MiLB home runs for Montero in 3 seasons than Miguel Cabrera (4 seasons)

    In minor league career, has hit 40 points higher than Cabrera and has a 94 point higher OPS

    Alex Rodriquez career .327 MiLB hitter; Montero .325 avg

    A 22-year-old Wieters averaged a home run every 17 ABs in Eastern League; Montero averaged a home run every 18 ABs in same league and was 3 years younger.

    50+ point higher OPS than Mauer’s AA season vs. Montero’s AA season

    I’m not saying he’ll be better or equal to a Bonds, Mauer, or A-Rod. He probably won’t and he’ll certainly never provide the defense capabilities as Mauer or Alex. He could be a LF, DH, or stay at catcher. It probably depends on Mauer’s MN extension or potential free agency. If Mauer stays in MN, Montero’s defensive future will likely rely on the development of another top minor league catching prospect, Austin Romine.

  • Nick

    I’ve heard of this guy before…..

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      Who the hell is Jason Hirsh?

  • larryf

    He IS the next Pujols. Some bulk/some baldness…..we just can’t move Tex from 1B however….

    • Steve H

      And we’re bringing in Pujols to DH.

      /Espn’d

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    NICK SWISHER to left, Jesus to Right, Miranda bats for Granderson against lefties late in the game, and if he’s on base, Gardner runs for him and takes over in CF.

    Next.

  • larryf

    Cervelli and Montero. We sure have a Caraca catchers :-)

  • Hughesus Cristo

    The talk about his defensive future amuses me. How many people actually know what he’s like at C? We can’t get any kind of consensus on Jorge Posada, who has been the starting catcher for the New York Yankees for twelve years, but people watch a 40 second YouTube video and think they have a bead on Montero’s long term prospects at the position.

    You don’t have to be Yadier Molina to stick behind the plate.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      you dont even have to be JOSE molina to stick…

  • Beamish

    Montero will be 27 when Tex’s contract is up and 28 when Alex’s contract is up. The Yankees can “suffer” with him in a C/DH role before moving him to 1B permanently (which is as close to a “natural” position as he can have) – assuming they never “trade high” on him as a Catcher.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Archimedes Torquemada

      That.

      Jesus Montero = Victor Martinez

  • nycornerstone

    put jesus in lf this year and pray <+

  • pete

    I’m assuming that we’ll have a Messiah Watch on the sidebar this year? or is that not PC?

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  • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

    This week’s prospect profile is secretly subtitled “Future MVP, seven time World Champion, and Hall of Famer”.

    • Tom Zig

      only 1 MVP?

      • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

        Well, only one Most Valuable Player because the next year they rename it Montero Valuable Player.

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

        Casey Kelly will win the rest.

        /Globe’d

  • Mike

    These guys are putting Montero at 2 and Romine at 3 for catchers under 26 in the AL East.

    Sounds good to me.

    http://camdendepot.blogspot.co.....art-1.html

  • anon

    I am emotionally invested in this person.

    • ecksodia

      Aren’t we all?

  • Stryker

    i have faith in the yankees getting him to be at least serviceable at catcher. you have 3 high profile catchers of both the past and present. i have every ounce of faith in girardi, pena, and posada being able to help him or at least show him what he has to do to get by at the major league level.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      …if Romine is all we think he’ll be, all Montero has to do is be his backup!

      yikes!!!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    This PP kind of makes up for the shitty HOF day. Praise be to El Carpentiero.

    • Tom Zig

      I thought he was “The Redeemer”?

      • vin

        He’s everything and more.

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

        Thanks Tom. I like that one better as well.

  • jsbrendog

    The Yankees are more likely to go out and get Joe Mauer then Albert Pujols, but a guy can dream…

    did you read til the end there? it is just the irresponsible rumor monering ramblings of some dude with a blog. it means absolutely nothing. jesus (kept it on topic)

  • Bryan

    “At 6?-4? and 225 pounds and just 20-years-old, he’s already too big to catch” ? Interesting that Joe Mauer is 6′-5″ and 225 pounds yet he isn’t too big to catch ? Will be interesting to see where he lands up as all of the “blog experts” seems to think everywhere except catcher yet the NYY’s paid baseball experts see him as a catcher !

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      There’s a big difference in athleticism between Montero and other big catchers like Mauer and Wieters. And there’s also this from Baseball America’s write up this year:

      The Yankees no longer talk about him as an everyday major league catcher.

      But go ahead and rant, God forbid we say something less than flattering about a Yankee.

      • Hughesus Cristo

        Yet he’s going to an everyday catcher again next season. Also, “The Yankees” don’t say anything.

      • themgmt

        You don’t believe that.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      NYY “paid baseball experts,” by which I assume you mean Mark Newman, given your previous comments, are also paid to say the right thing. If you’ve followed Chad Jennings for a while, you know that Newman often says one thing, and then the Yankees do another. He can’t go out and say that Montero won’t be a catcher. That’s not good business. I’m not saying he won’t, but don’t think that just because Newman says it, that it’s true.

    • Tom Zig

      I don’t care if he becomes a catcher or not. If he becomes a permanent DH that’s fine by me, that means he’ll be more likely to stay healthy.

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

    Fun times in Prospect World.

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-247820

  • Salty Buggah

    I know I’m late to this thread but a I had to leave some type of comment in this holy thread.

    Hopefully, he gets his number retired by the Yanks, meaning everything will have gone right

  • Rod

    Ok, how about A-Rod to RF, Teix to 3B and The Carpinter to 1B?

    • Rod

      Swish to DH/RP

    • JAG

      I think that actually makes our defense worse at all three of those positions (maybe A-Rod and Swish are a wash in RF, maybe A-Rod has better range). I’m not sure why exactly Tex moved to 1B from 3B (was it Blalock?), but the Yankees didn’t even seem to consider moving him to 3B for a month last year when A-Rod was down so that Tex, Nady, and Swish would all be in the lineup. Doesn’t really bode well for him playing 3B, and no way is Montero a superior 1B to Tex.

      I realize i probably just wasted 2 minutes of my life responding seriously to what’s probably a joke post. I do that sometimes.

      -JM

  • steven

    Is it fair to say that Nick Johnson was actually a better hitting prospect than Derek Jeter, re: the last paragraph?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No. NJ was very, very good, but Jeter was on a different level. He won MiL Player of the Year in … 1993?

      • http://twitter.com/JamalG_BB Jamal G.

        ’94, yo.

    • themgmt

      I would say so. Well I guess ‘hitting’ depends on your definition. Bat to ball Jeter was a little better but NJ’s scary OBPs made him the better offensive prospect.

  • RollingWave

    Well, adjust for era context there is a lot of similarity between him and Don Mattingly.

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  • Chuck

    Montero proved he is an All Star guy this summer. The Thunder came to NH to play and he was on the field for an hour before the game signing autographs. My son and I got him to sign a ball and when I told him we have been waiting to meet him since he signed, he insisted we take a photo with him. He hit a couple homers on that stand right before he broke his finger. I think we will see him this year, no way Posada stays healthy all year. I hope they give him some time in RF, how bad could he be. I bet he would show a great arm.

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