If you follow the New York Yankees minor-league system at all you know catcher Jesus Montero is the organization's prized prospect. And one of the most highly-regarded prospects in all of baseball.
John Sickels, esteemed editor of Minor League Ball, offers a glowing assessment in an excerpt from his 2010 Baseball Prospects Book.
Jesus Montero is an amazing young hitter. He has excellent power to all fields. Although not a walk machine, he controls the zone well and doesn't strike out very much for a power hitter. He hits fastballs. He hits breaking balls. You might fool him once but don't try the same trick too soon or he'll make you pay. He murdered the Florida State League to the tune of a +45 percent OPS, and he remained extremely successful in the Eastern League at +26 OPS. For now, Montero will remain behind the plate, waiting for a DH spot to open up in New York. He could also be traded, but any trade involving Montero as a centerpiece would have to be a blockbuster. I have absolutely no doubts about Montero's bat. Despite the questions about his glove, Montero rates as pure Grade A prospect. The bat is that good.
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