March 10, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #43 Jesus Montero

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #43 | Jesus Montero | Yankees

Position | Catcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| November 28, 1989 (Cuacara, Venezuela)

| Not Available

| 6'4''

| 225 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

Jesus Montero signed with the Yankees on July 2, 2006 for $1.6 million. The Yankees gamble is looking to be paying off as the now 19-year-old catcher is becoming one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball. At just 18-years-old, Montero spent his first full season bashing pitchers around the Sally League, hitting for both power and average. The thing that is holding Montero out the most is his size. At 6-foot-4-inches and 225 pounds, he doesn't project as a long-term answer at catcher. Unfortunately, the Yankees have Mark Teixeira locked up for a long time and Alex Rodriguez as well. The reason I bring Rodriguez into the conversation is that although he's a third baseman right now, many believe that he too could end up at first base by the time his career ends. Given that, the Yankees may be forced to keep Montero at catcher. He's not the worst defensive catcher and the Yankees won't be able to let his bat sit on the bench. If Jorge Posada doesn't rebound from an injury-filled 2008, the Yankees could put Montero on the fast track to the majors.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR      SB
A        130    569    .326    .376    .491      52     17      19

2009 Outlook

Montero will probably be with the Tampa Yankees for the majority of the 2009 season, but if he excels he could be in Trenton with the Thunder by the end of the season.


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