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Jesus is coming to New Jersey

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jun 03, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s some interesting news, the Yankees have decided to promote 20-year-old catcher Jesus Montero to Double-A Trenton.

Our pal Mike Ashmore has the news on Thunder Thoughts.

Montero had a monster start for Single-A Tampa, hitting .356 with a .406 OBP and a .989 slugging percentage. He had eight homers and 37 RBI over 48 games.

This move makes sense on assorted fronts. With Jose Molina unlikely to come back any time soon, Francisco Cervelli will remain in the big leagues. That leaves an opening in Trenton for Montero. Plus it gives Austin Romine a chance to catch every day in Tampa.

Montero is going to play in the big leagues because of his bat. The only question is whether he’s a catcher, a first baseman or a DH. He has what the scouts like to call light-tower power and the plate discipline of a much older player.

Do yourself a favor and get over to Waterfront Park to see the Thunder. In a few years, you’ll be able to say that you saw Montero before everybody knew who he was. Because everybody is going to know who this guy is eventually.




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