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What should the Yankees do with Jesus Montero?

Feb 15, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

Jesus Montero.jpgThe Daily News had an in-depth article about Yankees’ catching prospect Jesus Montero over the weekend. The focus follows the standard Montero storyline: kid can hit a ton, but his defense is lacking. As you might expect, there’s lots of stuff in there about bruised arms from ball-in-the-dirt drills, speculation as to whether he can hack it at first base, etc. Good story.

And while this is probably no surprise to Yankees fans and prospect hawks, I was unaware of how much catching depth the Bombers have in the minors:

The Yankees have so much catching depth in their minor-league system
that, as good as Jesus Montero is, he may not be Jorge Posada’s
eventual replacement. Four of the Yanks’ top eight prospects, according
to Baseball America, are catchers.

Maybe it’s Austin Romine, last year’s Florida State League player of the year who Baseball America tabbed as the Yankees’ No. 2 prospect behind Montero. Or Gary Sanchez (No. 7), who signed for $3 million as an international free agent, or J.R. Murphy (No. 8). Maybe it’s 19-year-old Kyle Higashoika.

“I’ve never seen so many good young catchers together,” says Julio
Mosquera, the Yankees’ minor-league catching coordinator. “I tell these
guys, ‘The sky is the limit for you.’ “

There’s not much more valuable in baseball than a good young catcher, and though the Yankees have been forfeiting draft picks due to free agent signings and picking late for years, that kind of depth could be plenty to keep the talent flowing into the Bronx for years. Indeed, this winter it was widely reported that the Yankees offered Montero for Roy Halladay.

Whether that simply wasn’t rich enough for the Jays or whether they simply didn’t want to trade Doc within the division is unclear, but you can bet that at some point someone is going to trade the Yankees an expensive stud veteran for Montero or one of the other prospects.

  1. Jonny5 - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    “this winter it was widely reported that the Yankees offered Montero for Roy Halladay.
    Whether that simply wasn’t rich enough for the Jays or whether they simply didn’t want to trade Doc within the division is unclear, but you can bet that at some point someone is going to trade the Yankees an expensive stud veteran for Montero or one of the other prospects.”
    Or maybe Roy just wanted to be a Phillie way more than he wanted to be a storm trooper for Stien-Vadar… The force is strong with this one, stay away from the dark side young Jedi.

  2. Old Gator - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:29 AM

    If the Borg can’t play him or trade him, they ought to part him out on the transplant organ black market. They could get back their signing bonus money on the corneas alone. Failing that, they can always throw him on the truck with the washouts they sell to the ethanol refinery. It’s not a lot but it will cut their losses a bit.

  3. BC - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Montero and Joba for Prince Fielder.

  4. Grant - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    I hope you’re kidding? That’s the most ridiculous trade proposal I’ve heard in a while.

  5. salty Buggar - Feb 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Fielder is a big fat slob, why would the Yankees want an accident waiting to happen? Montero like Jeter always wanted to play for the Yankees, he’s home grown.
    Why shouldn’t the Yankees reap the benefits of his talent? M5ontero doesn’t look 6’5 235 lbs he’s 20 and fit, Fielder looks to be about 350lbs (or more) of loose flabby blubber!!

  6. BC - Feb 15, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Fielder would hit about 70 home runs playing in Yankee Stadium. Stick him at DH and take him out of the field, and your risk of accident is greatly reduced. Who would you rather DH – one of the Nicks (Swisher or Johnson) or Fielder? Easy choice.

  7. YankeesfanLen - Feb 15, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Sorry, but Prince does not strike me as a Yankee. Blubber-pusses went out with Bruney, even when he tried to reform. Montero would be perfect to replace Posada, he can hit now and do the catching thing later. And now the Universe has no problems in the catchers market for 5 more Championships (being my usual conservative self).

  8. Kevin Davis - Feb 15, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Why is everyone so anxious to trade Montero? The kid can hit and will be a servicable enough of a catcher to be a star for the YANKEES. Hopefully he’ll eventually share the spot with Austin Romine Or J.R Murphy or Gary Sanchez. It’ll be like the old days of Yogi Berra, Elston Howard and Johnny Blanchard.

  9. Union - Feb 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Not that I think he fits the team, all you guys who are saying why do we want that fat slob Fielder, have you forgotten that you have the biggest fat slob as your ace? Are you expecting him to break down also since he’s fat and out of shape?

  10. Amol - Feb 15, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Not to mention that the Yankees were built on the exploits of a slugging fat slob. That said, trading a stud prospect for a DH seems pretty stupid to me. Personally, I’d like to see if the Marlins are interested in a Mike Stanton for Montero deal, but I doubt that’s even going to be considered.

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