Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein posted his list of the top 11 prospects still in the minors today (sub. req’d), with Jesus Montero coming in at number eight. “Montero has just started to hit this year, batting .287/.330/.511 in June,” says KG, “but for a 20-year-old in Triple-A, he remains one of the more impressive offensive prospects in the game, with barrel control and raw power well beyond his years. Few scouts I’ve talked to have lowered their scouting scores in any way.” He also adds the standard “Montero continues to improve behind the plate, but it’s unlikely he’ll be good enough to play there every day in the big leagues” clause to his breakdown.
Domonic Brown of the Phillies, Mike Trout of the Angels, and Julio Teheran of the Braves make up the top three. Also, as a reminder, the July 2nd international signing period begins tomorrow, so there’s going to be a whole lot of new blood infused into the system soon. I’ll be sure to post the signing info as it comes in, but the best place to get up to the minute news is the Twitter feed of Baseball America’s Ben Badler.