Showing posts with label Jesus Montero. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesus Montero. Show all posts

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Is Jesus Montero the second coming?

Great article on about Jesus Montero. The comments on his defense are dissapointing but nothing we didn't know already. The hype has been building big time over the past couple days for the Yankees man-child.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Jesus Montero

I wanted to give you guys an update on Jesus Montero because he's been so good its just blowing me away. First of all, lets remember the kid is twenty years old. Just being in AA at 20 is an accomplishment in and of itself. In Tampa he curshed pitchers to the tune of .356/.406/.583. That earned him an early promotion to Trenton. That's were he is now and although he got off to a slow start, he's picked it up since then. After hitting two home runs last night he's hitting .367 over his last 30 at bats with all three of his home runs in Trenton hit over that span.

Let's slow down for a minute with all the Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera comparisons but its clear he has a chance to be the first star position player the Yankees have developed since the late '90's.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Jesus Promoted To Trenton

After two months of .967 OPS ball in hi-A Tampa, Jesus Montero has been promoted to AA Trenton. That makes him a 19 year-old playing in AA, which is almost unheard of. He was one of the younger players in the Florida State League, and now he is in the high minors. The move was made partly due to his hot hitting but also because the Yankees want both Jesus and Austin Romine to catch every day. Romine will stay in Tampa as Jesus works on his defense in Trenton. I would expect him to continue to have success at the plate, but he really needs to concentrate on his defense behind the plate so he can stay at catcher. This move is very exciting for Jesus and for me, becuase now I can go see him play.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Baseball Prospectus' Yankees' Top 11 Prospects

The Yankees system was rate as three stars (out of five) by BP. This seems fair to me. Anyway, here's the list:

Five-Star Prospects
1. Jesus Montero, C
2. Austin Jackson, CF
Three-Star Prospects
3. Dellin Betances, RHP
4. Austin Romine, C
5. Arodys Vizcaino, RHP
6. Andrew Brackman, RHP
7. Jeremy Bleich, LHP
8. Alfredo Aceves, RHP
9. Zach McAllister, RHP
10. Phil Coke, LHP
11. Mark Melancon, RHP

Just Missed: Brad Suttle, 3B; Kelvin De Leon, RF; Wilkins De La Rosa, LHP

Overall I would say this is a solid list. A few surprises: Arodys Vizcaino is one. He is an 18 (I think, possibly 17) year old pitcher who the Yankees signed for $800,000 in 2007. This is the highest I have ever seen him ranked. BP also likes Jeremy Bleich a lot more than most other scouting services. Also, I was surprised to see Aceves and Coke ranked ahead of Melancon, but I guess that's just because they are starters for now.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Baseball America's Yankees Top 10 Prospects

This comes out online in two days, but River Ave. Blues has it early:
  1. Austin Jackson,OF
  2. Jesus Montero, C
  3. Andrew Brackman, RHP
  4. Austin Romine, C
  5. Dellin Betances, RHP
  6. Zach McAllister, RHP
  7. Al Aceves, RHP
  8. Phil Coke, LHP
  9. Mark Melancon, RHP
  10. Brad Suttle, 3B
I'm pretty much in agreement here, except for Aceves and Coke. They're both solid players, but have low ceilings. While he hasn't done much lately, Humberto Sanchez has a much higher ceiling than either of them, and you could also make a case for recent draft picks like Jeremy Bleich. Even if they do belong on the list, Melancon should definitely be higher than them. Now, on to the rest of the list. Aside from the two I just mentioned, Austin Jackson is the only player to see time above Hi-A ball. The Yankees have a talented farm system, but most of that talent is located in the low minors. When these players mature and reach the higher levels, this could be one of the best systems in baseball.

Friday, September 5, 2008

The Chuck Knoblog Minor League Awards: Hitter of the Year

And the Knobby goes to...
Jesus Montero, 19, C, B:R T:R, Low A Charleston
When Jesus Montero was signed out of Venezuela as a sixteen year old, he was the cream of the international free agent crop. Now, three years later, Montero is arguably the second best catching prospect in just his first year of full season ball. Thus far, Montero has been everything we believed he could be as a hitter. This year, he torched the Sally league to the tune of a .326/.370/.491 (.863 OPS) with a ridiculous 52 extra base hits (34 2B, 1 3B, 17 HR). Keep in mind, he did all this in a pitchers park. When the Riverdogs travelled to Greensborough, a hitter's park, Montero absolutely crushed the ball. Jesus posted an 84.2% contact rate, very good for a power hitter, and a 6.6% walk rate. That is obviously a little low, but considering Montero is just nineteen, that is a solid rate. Also, consider that Montero's walk rate steadily improved as the season went on, and should continue to improve to the point Montero becomes a very well-rounded hitter. Now, the defense. I have never seen Montero play, so I will not comment on his defense. I have heard very different reports on his fielding abilities. Some say he will never stick as a catcher, some say he is destined for first base. However, most of these reports say he does not have a future at catcher because he is 6'4", 225, and not because he lacks athletic ability. While the size is an issue, there are guys his size that can still catch, like Joe Mauer, or the top catching prospect in baseball, Matt Wieters. Basically, only time will tell, but Montero's bat will play at any position. Next year he will start in Tampa, and my guess is he stays there all year, regardless of how he does.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Spring Recap

I wasn't able to watch much of today's game, but I did see an unimpressive inning from Steven White, and an opposite way double by Jason Giambi, which I was very pleased with. If he can stay healthy, I really think he can be solid contributor. After examining the box score, I can sum it up like this: Aside from Giambi's opposite-field double, he hit a long homerun, as did Jason Lane, who also hit a triple. Pitching wise, Andy Pettitte had a good day, as did LaTroy Hawkins, inducing three groundball outs. Sean Henn unfortunately had a good day, hopefully he won't make the team. Jose Veras also pitched a scoreless inning. Kyle Farnsworth and Brian Bruney picked up right were they left up, sucking.
After the game, the Yankees made their first cuts. No huge surprises; Eric Duncan, Jesus, Eduardo Nunez, and Austin Romine. Tomorrow they play Houston at 1:05.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

BA's Top 100 Prospects

Baseball America came out with its Top 100 Prospects, list to say, and I am disappointed. The Yanks have four players on the list. Joba at #3, Jose Tabata at #37, AJax at # 41 and IPK at #45. The list seems kinda Red Sox heavy. As River Ave. Blues points out, earlier, BA ranked Alan Horne as the #7 prospect in the Eastern League, with the BoSox' Justin Masterson at #13, yet Horne didn't make this list, and Masterson in #64. How did Masterson leapfrog Horne without throwing a pitch? That doesn't make sense to me. Also, Micheal Bowden and Ryan Kalish over Jesus? Que?

Going back to my praise of the Yankee front office, this is the 2nd straight year the Yankees have the top pitching prospect.

Also from River Ave. Blues, Horne, Jeff Marquez and Jesus made the "Just Missed" list.