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Jesus Montero is going to be sent down to Triple-A

May 23, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

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So, if Michael Pineda makes an appearance in New York in the second half, do all the folks who said the Mariners won that trade have to eat crow? From the Tacoma News-Tribune:

On the heels of a six-game losing streak and a 2-7 road trip, the Seattle Mariners will make an expected and needed roster move sometime today. Catcher Jesus Montero will be sent to Triple A Tacoma, while catcher Jesus Sucre will be selected from the Rainiers.

Montero is having an awful year, hitting .208/.264/.327. ¬†This as a “catcher”/DH who can’t really catch.

He’s still just 23 and has shown flashes of competence and more since he’s been up. But those who have tried to assess his future and grade the trade that sent him away from New York have to acknowledge that they’ve been dealing with a pretty raw set of goods.

  1. thekcubrats - May 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Sweet Jesus!

    That’s almost as good as Angel Pagan.

    (Must be some Conservation of Jesuses principle at work…)

    • proudlycanadian - May 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      Montero was unable to walk on water.

  2. jarathen - May 23, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    The Mariners really do know how to land blue-chip hitting prospects.

    • baseballisboring - May 23, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Land, yes…it’s the rest that’s the problem…

  3. bfriley76 - May 23, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    The Seattle Mariners…where elite hitting prospects go to die.

  4. northstarsmitty - May 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    How come they are not calling up Zunino instead? I know he is young, but I don’t quite understand why they wouldn’t want to give their more promising catching prospect a shot at the BIGS

    • paperlions - May 23, 2013 at 12:02 PM

      Because Zunino isn’t ready. He is striking out 29% of his AAA PAs, walking only 7% of the time. He’s got great power, but he needs time just to adjust to what AAA pitchers can do…if a guy is struggling in AAA, bringing him up to the majors isn’t going to help his development.

      • mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        Super Two rules, also. Wait another six weeks or so to be sure he doesn’t qualify for that.

  5. dondada10 - May 23, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    I’m by no means sticking a fork in Montero. He could regroup and become a good major league hitter. But it just goes to show that no matter what the counting stats in the minors say (ba/hr/rbi), if the contact rate is low and the k rate is high he’s not gonna hit in the majors.

    • jarathen - May 23, 2013 at 11:56 AM

      Brandon Wood nods, cries.

    • Detroit Michael - May 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Chris Davis has been pretty good last year and so far this year. I agree with your general point that poor minor K rates are a big warning sign, but there are exceptions to every rule.

    • yahmule - May 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      He actually improved his contact rate to 86% in the second half last season. Some reason for optimism, I guess.

    • buddaley - May 23, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      What is considered a high K rate, particularly in the minors? Montero’s rate in the majors is 18.7% of his PAs, about 1 every 5.3 PAs. In the minors it was 16.5%, about 1 every 6 PAs. His BB rate in the majors is poor, and it was at best mediocre in the minors, but he doesn’t seem to strike out all that much.

  6. mybrunoblog - May 23, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Tell him to pick up Ike Davis on his way down there.

    • sportsdrenched - May 23, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Can Ike Davis pick up Eric Hosmer & Mike Moustakas on his way out? They could acquire a VW Microbus and kind of gypsy it across the mountains.

  7. paperlions - May 23, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    On a tangential note, Brendan Ryan is tearing it up lately, 11 for his last 28 with a HR and 2 doubles, raising his Avg 69 pts, his OBP 64 pts and his slg over 100 pts.

  8. yahmule - May 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    There are some raw underlying skills here. His contact rate improved significantly in the second half last year, but he still hit everything on the ground and his walk rate regressed. The best thing they could do would be leave him down until September.

  9. biasedhomer - May 23, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Another overrated Yankees prospect

    • yahmule - May 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      There have been a few.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 23, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      Yes, the Yankees are the only ones. Every else has 100% success with prospects :\

      • yahmule - May 23, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Yeah, that’s what everyone meant, not that Yankees prospects tend to be hyped more than those from most other organizations.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Who’s hyping Yankee prospects more than others?

      • yahmule - May 23, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Well, it’s certainly in the Yankees best interests to have their prospects be widely valued, so they hype them just like every organization. Their location in the most competitive media center, plus their overcoverage by ESPN combine to bring their prospects more attention than comparable young players in areas that are less coverage saturated.

  10. yashraba - May 23, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    so once Sucre comes up can it officially be referred to as “the second coming of Jesus”?

  11. Uncle Charlie - May 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Good thing they let Jaso go.

    • danbeezy24 - May 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      I know. Jaso’s been tearing it up for the A’s with his 1 homerun and 11 ribbies.

  12. mmason0071 - May 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Montero will have to return as a dominating hitter to make up for his total lack of baseball, or even any athletic, ability. So far he is a no tool prospect. Jack Z has to have his head pretty near the chopping block after all these trades for prospects with such glaring weaknesses (Montero, Casper Wells, Justin Smoak, Trayvon Robinson)

  13. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    And he won’t be catching while at AAA, they already have 2 actual catchers there, so can we never refer to Montero as a catcher ever again? He’s a DH, said it all along. I will we could bump past debates about that trade here because there’s a ton of crow for people to eat.

  14. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 23, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Come on, get creative, Seattle. Show Ibanez how to strap on the Tools of Ignorance and you can keep one more of your many DH’s in the lineup. It is all about entertaining the fans anyway. I would pay to watch that game.

  15. dorbs345 - May 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    There’s one move. Now cut Harang, cut Ryan, send Smoak down send Ackley down. Call up Franklin. Do something, anything. This has gotten so old. They all need a wake up call.

    • jmoses2105 - May 23, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      While I agree with you in terms of doing something about the back end of our rotation, I’m not sure what options Z has at the moment other than recalling Noesi. Which isn’t a bad idea at the moment. But what do you do about Maurer? He is struggling just as bad.

      Sending Smoak and Ryan down to AAA while both are currently in midst of a little hot streak would be a terrible move IMO. Smoak has 2 bombs in the last 5 or 6 games as well as a top 20 guy in OBP in the AL. While Ryan has 4 or 5 extra base hits in the same span while not having 1 xtra base hit previously. If anything, send down Andino or even possibly Ackley for Truinfuel. Keeping Franklin in TAC has more pros than cons at the moment especially since the M’s won’t be contending this year.

  16. 4cornersfan - May 23, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Seattle fans should not despair over this. Jesus is still coming!

  17. 13arod - May 23, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    he is playing in a pitchers ballpark of course he isn’t doing good trade him back to yankeeys

    • jwbiii - May 23, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      The Yankees have another probably can’t catch but might hit prospect, which is why Montero was available in trade in the first place. And what would they return?

  18. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 23, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Even without Pineda’s comeback, the Yankees are winning this trade so far. Montero has been worth about 1 win less than a replacement player (-0.7 WAR), while Pineda has of course not had the opportunity to add positive or negative value. Given the reports that he is throwing 95mph, things are still looking good for the Yankees.

  19. mazblast - May 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    “Nobody beats The Jesus.”

    I’m surprised that nobody said it yet.

  20. denny65 - May 23, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Jesus Montero is not a catcher. Heck, Jesus Montero is not even an athlete.

    We Mariners’ fans (yes, someone has to be) have watched, and gaped in amazement, watching Montero try to run, for heaven’s sake. Yes, run; the guy seems to be incapable of placing one foot in front of the other on a pace that gets you somewhere above walking speed. And throwing? Saying he “throws like a girl” is a slap against all women. Montero “bear throws,” if you can believe that.

    I’ve seen him do it at least 4-5 times a game, at least when he’s starting as catcher. Try it for yourself. Pick the ball up in your throwing hand and make like you’re throwing it back to the pitcher. Montero will toss the ball right-handed by putting his right leg/foot forward to do so. Awkward doesn’t begin to describe it, and it’s just like the motion a bear makes when made to walk upright.

    Look up “non-athletic” in the dictionary; yeah, it’s a snap of Jesus. And please, no more comments about Seattle getting the better deal in the Pineda trade, ‘k?

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