Jesus Montero is the definition of bust. He was the New York Yankees #1 prospect in 2009, 2010 and 2011 according to Baseball America, and a top 10 prospect in all of baseball. In 2010, he hit 34 doubles and 21 homers at AAA Scranton. This is what people used to say about him:
Signed for a $1.6 million bonus by the Yankees, scouts have raved about Montero’s future power potential, some going far as to grade his power an “8” on the 2-8 scouting scale. The knock was on his body, which some said he looked like Travis Hafner. (He’s currently listed at 6-4, 225). At 16-years old. I guess when you are projected to hit like vintage Travis Hafner, no one seems to mind. - FanGraphs
Montero’s talent as a hitter has never come into question. Looking at his minor league totals, you can see he’s got outstanding power potential. He’s made his way through the Yankees system quite well, posting phenomenal numbers in batting average, OBP, and ISO. Both his walk rate and K% have been solid and scouts rave about his approach at the plate. Sure, he struggled a little in the minors here in 2011, but that was all based in attitude and mental make-up than anything else. Stories of his frustration with the organization for not bringing him up sooner surfaced and it was evident in his play. - FanGraphs
Olney shared a slightly more optimistic outlook on Montero's home run potential, saying that several scouts he talked to think Montero is "going to be a guy that's going to hit 25-35 home runs for a long time...I did a piece on him last winter and I talked to a number of scouts," Olney said, "and the name that kept coming up over and over was that of Edgar Martinez because they were saying he's an unusual combination of a guy who can make contact, he doesn't necessarily strike out a lot, he hits to the opposite field, if you throw him a fastball he'll take it away, if you throw him a curveball he can turn on it and he can pull it." - MyNorthWest
He is hitting .315 with 10 doubles, 9 home runs and 46 RBI at AAA Tacoma. Montero is no longer a catcher, but Seattle is struggling offensively from the position. Mike Zunino is hitting just .165 but does have 7 home runs. The Mariners actually need help at more than just the catcher position. Outside of Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, their bats have been silent. The recent acquisition of Mark Trumbo prevents Montero from playing DH, but with Logan Morrison at 1B, they should be more than willing to give Jesus another opportunity in 2015. A repeat of his 2012 season, .265 BA with 20 2Bs 15 HRs and 62 RBI, would be a huge upgrade.
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How are Fantasy Points calculated?
Singles - 1pt
Doubles - 2pts
Triples - 3pts
Home Runs - 2pts
RBI - 2pts
Runs Scored - 2pts
Walks - 1pt
Stolen Bases - 1pt