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Montero behind the plate

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Sep 11, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano DH
Jesus Montero C
Eric Chavez 3B
Andruw Jones RF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Brett Gardner LF

The Yankees also just announced their rotation for the Seattle series.

Monday: Phil Hughes
Tuesday: A.J. Burnett
Wednesday: Ivan Nova

 
 

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73 Responses to “Montero behind the plate”

  1. West Coast Yankee Fan September 11th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Montero will get a shot to prove how good he is. You can bet your Mantle rookie card that Scioscia will be running his team like madmen.

  2. fantasygame101 September 11th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    why is nunez playing today after yesterday? put pena there instead.

  3. Captain Clutch September 11th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Montero caught Garcia’s rehab start in the minors and he said that Montero was fine behind the plate. It will be interesting to see how Montero does with Garcia’s splitter and the Angels being aggressive on the bases.

  4. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Again I say, why no Dickerson against the righty ?

    Luckily we won’t face Pineda this time around.

  5. West Coast Yankee Fan September 11th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Typical Girardi, he weakens his team defensively by sitting Cano who looked totally energetic last night, for no reason that is apparent to me.

  6. West Coast Yankee Fan September 11th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Sitting – meaning DH.

  7. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Fate has forced the Yankees hand.

    ;)

  8. jacksquat September 11th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Yeah, I don’t get no Dickerson either, especially when Jones has a knee tear.

    Can only guess that Dickerson is hurt.

  9. I Am Winning September 11th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    WCYF,

    I can understand what you’re saying about resting Cano, but Girardi, if given the chance, rather give a player a day off before he looks worn out and tired. In a perfect baseball world, no player will ever look fatigued that way.

    That being said, I don’t care how tired Cano is, I want him out at 2nd base over Nunez any day of the year. Now THAT being said, Nunez has not given up an error at 2nd base. Regardless, he’s due for a couple errors at that position, so we shall see.

    I still believe Nunez needs to be sent to the minors specifically for defensive purposes. We’ve seen what he’s capable of with the bat, and if given enough playing time he will hopefully succeed, but with the glove, I just can’t stand him having 2 errors every game. I looked up his stats, promising myself that he is the worse defender in the Major Leagues, and there are others out there doing just as bad at their specific position. Which really is unbelievable.

  10. West Coast Yankee Fan September 11th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Jones has had that knee tear all season, as a matter of fact, the Yankees knew about it and signed him anyway. It obviously isn’t a major hindrance.

  11. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Jack-

    Then they should have reached down and grabbed Parraz.

    If he’s not on the 40 swap him out with Dickerson who isn’t being used.

    We need role players not bit players.

  12. Giuseppe Franco September 11th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Montero doesn’t have to prove how good he is. That’s asinine.

    He only needs to be adequate behind the plate and he’ll end up cementing himself in the middle of the Yankee order for years to come.

  13. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    there is also the fact that disparate people like jerkface, yankeefeminista, me , and others from all sides of the spectrum said to get montero going at the mlb level way earlier.

    he wouldn’t be totally inexperienced catching at the mlb level at this late date had the yankees had some foresight to use him earlier.

    the yankees are in a bit of a pickle here because they waited so long to use montero, but the good news is there’s quite a bit of time between now and the playoffs to use him.

    in the yankees defense , as someone said to me the other night, they knew they had montero if something did happen to martin or cervelli. so in that sense an argument could be made the yankees did prepare for this by having montero there as dh.

    ok, i’ll go along with that, but now i fully expect montero to get significant catching time in between now and the post season.

  14. West Coast Yankee Fan September 11th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    In a pennant race, you suck it up, dig down deep inside and play. I absolutely hate Girardi’s coddling of these guys; especially when they are not hurt. It didn’t work out last year and it could come back to bite us again this year.

  15. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Randy-

    Montero will be somewhere between lumbering oaf and Johnny Bench.

    Which should work.

    ;)

  16. Captain Clutch September 11th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Rays are winning 2-0. They have 1st and 2nd no one out in the 1st inning against Lester.

  17. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Boston losing again.

    :)

  18. West Coast Yankee Fan September 11th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    “There is also the fact that disparate people like jerkface, yankeefeminista, me , and others from all sides of the spectrum said to get montero going at the mlb level way earlier.”

    ***********

    You were wrong. Montero has been handled perfectly. He had the advantage of a full season at AAA to work on his catching and hitting. And judging from his initial impact, the Yankee brass were right.

    They knew all along that they had Martin, Cervelli, Montero and Romine to choose from should the need arise. There was no reason to back away from their Montero development strategy based on a huge speculative what if.

  19. The Mercury Strikes Back September 11th, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Well.

    That means our chances of beating the Angels today also just went down, down, down.

  20. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    “He only needs to be adequate behind the plate and he’ll end up cementing himself in the middle of the Yankee order for years to come.”

    Giuseppe Franco-

    that’s the really exciting thing on a totally positive note.

    from watching montero just a little bit i was taken back by how good he was offensively and how he wasn’t bad defensively.

    i’m puzzled why so many on the blog took such an anti montero view that he’d never catch for the yankees.

    he might be the best hitter to come along out of the farm system since mantle and he’s a catcher.that’s a wow.

    i’m excited to see him begin his catching career today.

  21. m September 11th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    1. The Yankees handled Montero perfectly.

    2. Don’t like Nunez over Cano. Though 2B might be the most error-safe zone.

    3. Lestaah not looking so good. Closing in on 30 pitches, only 1 out.

  22. Ghostwriter September 11th, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    REPOST:
    Ghostwriter September 11th, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    ghostwriter-

    i kind of like charlie brown. it’s that lucy that ticks me off.

    lucy reminds me of trisha :)
    ====================================

    Okay. Fair enough I concede the point. You weren’t second-guessing the Yanks; you first-guessed them.

  23. RMS September 11th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I don’t get the Cano DH and Nunez at 2nd base. Cano is not old and doesn’t need a half day off.

    Grandy or Gardner should be sitting, they are slumping. Girardi has other outfielders on the bench he could use. All these call ups and he has them sitting.

  24. Captain Clutch September 11th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    3-0 Rays in the 1st inning. Lester isn’t throwing strikes…

  25. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    mtu-

    big day huh?

    not exactly how we’d hoped it would happen, but it was inevitable that montero would catch for the yankees.

    the baseball gods intervened .

    hey, they want to see the kid play too.

  26. m September 11th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    The baseball gods wanted to see the kid play so they decided to smite Martin & Cervelli? :?

  27. Bo knows September 11th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Bright people with a sense of humor posting – Good stuff.

  28. m September 11th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Lester throwing 89 mph fastballs. 40 pitches will wear your arm out i guess.

  29. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Randy-

    Yup.

    Let’s see how much Montero’s footwork has improved.

    With Freddy’s split being buried in the dirt regularly that should come into play.

    His blocking skills and ability to move into throwing position will be tested.

    We know he throws well. We know his pop times are good.

    If they worry about his game calling they can always do it from the dugout if they wish.

    Also interested to see how catching affects his hitting.

    expect Scioscia to test him early and often.

    Hey. At least Jesus and Freddy are both from the same country.

    :)

  30. tomingeorgia September 11th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I hate when injuries force a decision. Cervelli didn’t deserve this, neither did Martin. But I’m with the folks who wanted to see Montero catch before now, without the pressure of being THE catcher.

  31. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    ghostwriter-

    we’re rooting for the same team here. creative differences are a healthy thing.

    so using those creative differences and points of view that we have, what do you think the yankees should do now? there are 5 catchers in the mix now for the post season.

    obviously we’d like martin healthy and catching almost all the playoff games. who’s the back up?
    can the yankees get three catchers on the postseason roster ?
    posada? dh or catcher?

    injuries will make some of the decisions, but girardi and cashman will probably still have some tough decisions to make. i think this is going to be really interesting.

    there’s some options here.

  32. Yogi Mantle September 11th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    The Rays already have three runs against Lester. I’m wondering where Olney’s post about those trailing the RS is.

    The Buster post, just like everything else that goes on at ESPeeN is about generating chatter.

  33. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    mtu-

    the one advice i would give montero is that being pumped up , he might throw the ball back to the garcia faster than garcia throws it to him.

    don’t do that. pitchers hate it :)

  34. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Boston’s pitching is imploding.

    None of their starters seem to know what the 6th inning is lately.

    :)

  35. Yogi Mantle September 11th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Lester had a 43 pitch first inning. Somewhat the same happened with the Yankees game.

  36. Captain Clutch September 11th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Girardi and co. had 1 million reasons why Montero wasn’t brought up sooner and why he hasn’t caught a game yet. It was definitely time to take the training wheels off and see how he looks. My grandma could catch Colon and he has caught Nova before so Girardi’s excuse that he doesn’t know the pitchers is such bs.

  37. Bo knows September 11th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Rookies are prone to errors. Nunez is a rookie, he makes errors. The other day Jeter had an error. The only way you don’t make errors is if you sit on a bench.

    Without Nunez the Yanks would have been in big trouble. Nunez is at least average, warts and all. I’m glad he’s on the team.

  38. m September 11th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Before this series, the Rays were 6 back in the loss column with 7 HtH games.

    They’ve already lopped off 2 games. If they win today, it will get ugly. Red Sox fans will be cheering for the Yankees against the Rays. :)

  39. The Mercury Strikes Back September 11th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Buster_ESPN
    Evaluators trailing Detroit Tigers are convinced the team will have best record in AL, and will reach World Series.

  40. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Randy-

    You would know.

    ;)

  41. longtimefan September 11th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Not much chatter today about CC, but if you watched the last few games for him, he has been struggling. Waist line seems to have returned to its former size from the 30 lbs he lost coming into the season and could be effecting his pitching. Would someone please sent Girardi a memo, its about time to put the Nunez experiment to rest. Terrible defense, not really a good hitter. Didn’t like not running out the infield hit late in the game–seeing way to much of that this year including Cano and Swisher–watch the captain guys always goes 110%

  42. The Mercury Strikes Back September 11th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Buster_ESPN
    Evaluators trailing Phillies promptly dismissed new threat: Tigers will be swept easily in World Series.

  43. Giuseppe Franco September 11th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    # randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    “He only needs to be adequate behind the plate and he’ll end up cementing himself in the middle of the Yankee order for years to come.”

    Giuseppe Franco-

    that’s the really exciting thing on a totally positive note.

    from watching montero just a little bit i was taken back by how good he was offensively and how he wasn’t bad defensively.

    i’m puzzled why so many on the blog took such an anti montero view that he’d never catch for the yankees.

    he might be the best hitter to come along out of the farm system since mantle and he’s a catcher.that’s a wow.

    i’m excited to see him begin his catching career today.

    ———–

    I’m also one of those who wanted to see Montero earlier in the season. There wasn’t any doubt he was going to hit, but Girardi and Cashman chose this route instead perhaps due to Cervelli playing much better since the ASB.

    I think this will turn out to be a good thing. I also think he’s better defensively than his reputation. Perhaps not the best opponent to make his first major start behind the plate, but it does force them to give the kid a chance to see what he can really do.

    This gives him some experience going into next season – where he should get significantly more time behind the plate.

  44. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    GF-

    As long as people keep their expectations reasonable it’s all good.

    Expecting him to be perfect or a completely
    finished product would be the height of stupidity IMO.

    ;)

  45. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    “The baseball gods wanted to see the kid play so they decided to smite Martin & Cervelli?”

    m-

    some things are just meant to be.

    i think montero catching for the new york yankees is one of them.

    i agree that cervelli’s head injury is not funny and is the real tragedy in this if his career is affected . hopefully he’ll be fine with some rest and healing and have a 15 year mlb career.

  46. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Lestah doesn’t have it today.

    :)

  47. Bo knows September 11th, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    So pitchers whose arms have a finite numbers of pitches in their arms should not be brought up till 25 ala the Twins while catchers who need more developmental time should be brought up at 21. Hmm

  48. m September 11th, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    randy l,

    I know you wish neither any harm. I just don’t think fate “intervened”. I was just laughing at your expense. :P

    Boy, I wish Lester would pitch against us like this.

  49. Wave Your Hat September 11th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    In seven games Montero has faced Lester, Romero, Weaver and Haren, and he has an OPS of 1.162. Wow.

  50. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    “Let’s see how much Montero’s footwork has improved.

    With Freddy’s split being buried in the dirt regularly that should come into play.

    His blocking skills and ability to move into throwing position will be tested.”

    mtu-

    i’m expecting him to be a little awkward but with good hands if that makes any sense. i hope he takes his time throwing to second. that’s where there can be a problem with too much adrenaline . he should be fine though.

    he’s paid his dues in the minors.

  51. The Mercury Strikes Back September 11th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Weiland didn’t have it either. But Sucks were one swing away from winning it yesterday.

  52. Giuseppe Franco September 11th, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    # MTU September 11th, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Lestah doesn’t have it today.

    ————

    It must be because of his waist line.

  53. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    “I know you wish neither any harm. I just don’t think fate “intervened”. I was just laughing at your expense.”

    m-

    you gotta respect the baseball gods.

    i’ve yet to step on the foul line going on or off the field.

    .. and i like to think i’ve been very healthy in baseball precisely because of that :)

  54. PittsburghYankeeFan September 11th, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Remember that stat at the beginning of the year when both Tampa and the Sox were like 2-10?

    That teams with those sort of starts never made the playoffs?

    My money could be on Texas and LAA making it…wouldn’t that be interesting.

  55. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Randy-

    I’m not worried. I’ve got my expectations set where I think they should be.

    He isn’t a China doll.

    Some people may even be pleasantly surprised. I hope to be one of them.

    I’d like to be around to watch Jack Z’s foot reflexively kicking him in the a*s over and over.

    :)

  56. MTU September 11th, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    GF-

    That has to be it. He’s too thin.

    :)

  57. The Mercury Strikes Back September 11th, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Unlike our team, the Sucks offense is alive and kicking: Scutaro on Fire.

  58. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    “Scutaro on Fire.”

    just as a word of caution.
    never let trisha near fenway with matches.

  59. jacksquat September 11th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan September 11th, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    Jones has had that knee tear all season, as a matter of fact, the Yankees knew about it and signed him anyway. It obviously isn’t a major hindrance.

    There is no reason to play Jones today, you don’t play him if you don’t have to. Jones DH, Cano 2B, Dickerson RF.

    I’m going on the assumption that Dickerson can play since Joe hasn’t told us otherwise.

  60. The Mercury Strikes Back September 11th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Reddick, batting 0.302 !, now up with bases loaded …

  61. yankeefeminista September 11th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Shields gets out of it. :D Still 3-1 Rays.

  62. tomingeorgia September 11th, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Pop up, three outs. Rays 3-1.

  63. randy l. September 11th, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    yankeefeminista-

    since you seen him play, what’s your scouting report on romine ?

  64. tomingeorgia September 11th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Damon for a triple, no outs.

  65. yankeefeminista September 11th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Go Montero! It is definitely first-guessing. Just made no sense not to have him ready and acclimated. Especially considering besides the catching aspect, Alex’s bat has not been ARod like all year, so need Montero’s bat in lineup.

  66. yankeefeminista September 11th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Damon scores on S-Rod’s double. 4-1!:D

  67. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 11th, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Big James magician, and the Rays keep rolling! A Sux loss and Yanks win would be pretty nice!

    Taking it to the radio for a quick ride on a beautiful almost-fall day.

    :)

  68. The Mercury Strikes Back September 11th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Red Sucks fan: ” … at least we can count on the Yanks to lose again today. “

  69. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Lester at 85 pitches thru 3

  70. West Coast Yankee Fan September 11th, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    jacksquat September 11th, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    West Coast Yankee Fan September 11th, 2011 at 1:50 pm
    Jones has had that knee tear all season, as a matter of fact, the Yankees knew about it and signed him anyway. It obviously isn’t a major hindrance.

    There is no reason to play Jones today, you don’t play him if you don’t have to. Jones DH, Cano 2B, Dickerson RF.

    I’m going on the assumption that Dickerson can play since Joe hasn’t told us otherwise.

    *************

    The reason to pay Jones is that he is ten times the player that Dickerson is – even at this point in his career.

  71. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 11th, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    1. no matter what Montero does today, he gets a pass IMO. He’s in the game of necessity.

    2. It doesn’t matter how many people wanted him up well before this. Almost an entire forum wanted Melancon up, so much so that that you could almost feel the keyboards burning up with indignation. Until he was up and ineffective and then you could almost feel the same keyboards burning with disgust. :)

    3. It is not unusual for fans to want prospects up well before they are ready or well before the organization is ready for them. That proves nothing more than what it is. It certainly doesn’t prove they should have been up!

    4. Kudos to Randy for giving me kudos last night. I know it had to nearly kill him to do it!

    :D

  72. yankeefeminista September 11th, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Randy, Defensively, he’s pretty average, footwork, receiving-wise, above average arm. Although I have to admit I haven’t seen him that much this past year b/c of the stretch where he was out. Some laud his D, but I would say he is average to slightly above.

  73. Yankee Trader September 11th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    New Post

    Pregame notes: “It’s time for him to catch a little bit” ?


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