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Player Profile #142: Jesus Montero | C | SEA

OK, so Jesus Montero‘s move to Safeco Field isn’t all┬ábad. First off, he’s almost guaranteed to get 600 plate appearances and should bat in the heart of the Mariners lineup. Another plus is that he should gain catcher eligibility quicker in Seattle than he would have in New York. We all know how hard Seattle can be on a righties power numbers, but Montero should be able to at least hit for average with some power and get on base. Last season, he hit .328 with a .406 OBP and .262 ISO in just 18 games. Small sample size, yes, but he’s a top prospect that could threaten 30 home runs in his prime.

Best case scenario: Brian McCann (ATL)
Similar players: Alex Avila (DET), Miguel Montero (ARI), Matt Wieters (BAL)
Worst case scenario: Finds himself in some sort of platoon situation

Strengths

Average, power, OBP. We don’t have much to go off of in his MLB career, but Montero has never hit worse than .280 and posted a career .366 OBP in the minor leagues. He also posted three plus-.200 ISOs and I could see him reproducing all three in the pros.

Weaknesses

Fielding, inexperience, ballpark. The big knock on Montero is that he’s not much of a catcher so he will probably be relegated to mostly DH duties. Also, the inexperience and home ballpark might keep him from breaking out right away.

ADP Report (181.5)

There’s no doubt about it; Montero is one of baseball’s young, promising hitters, but his move to Seattle could put a damper on his numbers early in his career thanks to the ballpark. That being said, he will gain a lot of valuable experience right away and should blossom into a viable top-5 catcher for years to come so those in keeper leagues will want to invest early on this young stud.

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Updated: January 23, 2012 — 3:13 am
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