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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Scout's Notes: Jesus Montero

Yesterday morning, I spoke to a scout with a club that was heavily following the Yankees affiliates around the time of last year's non-waiver trading deadline.

Below are a few of the highlights of that interview in regards to the players who I don't believe will be with the team next year. I'll save the Thunder-centric quotes for the Top 10 series, which began this week and will last until around the third week in February. 

The bat: Hitting-wise, no big deal, he's a no-brainer. ... He might be Miguel Cabrera. He's just got it. He's got that niche that, he was born to hit. Whether the guy hits .280 or .300, the guy can hit. He has a good ability to adjust, and he's just a kid, too.

The defense: I think he eventually will have the ability to play first base. ... I don't believe he will catch. I don't believe he will be an everyday catcher in the big leagues.

His appeal to an NL club: Where he would play in the National League, it could drive a team crazy. Even at first base, you could go from a guy like Albert Pujols or Joey Votto, a Gold Glover a first base, to a guy who might cost you so many runs a year. 


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