Re: Who is Jesus?
- From: BadgerBC <neilrichardson3819@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2007 11:07:09 -0800 (PST)
On Dec 7, 10:55 am, aassime abdellatif <aassi...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Who is Jesus?
Baseball America rated Jesus as the second best prospect in GCL two
Prospect Profile: Jesus Montero (#9)
Drafted: Signed out of Venezuela in 2006 for 2 million dollars
Position: Catcher (for now)
Batting: Jesus Montero is 16 years old. Jesus Montero's bat is now.
His bat is among the best to come out of Latin America in history. He
has 80 power on a 20-80 scale, which means he has the potential to hit
40+ home runs at the major league level. He has an advanced approach
at the plate, meaning that he knows how to select his pitch. We are
unsure about his strikeout and walk potential due to his lack of
professional experience to this point. It is very difficult to judge
too much about Montero at this stage in his development. The Yankees
are already adjusting his swing to allow him to hit for power to all
fields, which is something usually reserved for prospects much older
Defense: Montero is a catcher. We know that. He probably will not
remain a catcher. Montero has a few things going against him. First
off, he is a big guy. At 16 years old, he will probably be larger than
6'3" 220 lbs by the time he reaches the majors. Catchers simply cannot
survive at 240+ lbs. Second, he is no Joe Mauer. His defensive
abilities are extremely raw and may or may not develop in to a good
defensive catcher, but right now he doesn't show a lot of finesse
behind the plate. The Yankees plan to keep him at catcher now, but
Montero could end up a 1st baseman when all is said and done. If he
does remain a catcher, his offense will be magnified tenfold.
Performance: Montero has not played any serious professional ball so
far. He did hit a home run in his first professional game though.
2007 Outlook: There are two options for Montero. He could go to
Charleston as a 17 year old, or he could be sent to the Gulf Coast
League. I believe that Montero will not end up in Charleston. He is
still learning English and the catching position, two traits that you
do not want handling prize prospects such as McAllister and Betances.
Montero is so incredibly young that rushing him could have poor
effects. He will probably be sent to extended spring training and the
GCL Yankees, where his bat will dominate. All of this said, if the
Yankees decided to move him away from the catcher position, he will
almost certainly be sent to Charleston. It seems a little early to do
that though. When you hear things in interviews like "He hits like a
big leaguer right now", you do expect prospects to be a little more
rushed than expected.
Health: Montero is so young that nothing substantive can be said about
his health. Incomplete.
Ceiling: The sky is the limit for Montero (a phrase that will
certainly come up a lot with the next few propsects). I don't care
what position he plays, because his bat has enough power to play him
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