Yankees Have Potential Gem in Jesus Montero

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 13:  Jesus Montero of the New York Yankees and playing for World Futures Team catches against the United States Olympic Team during the 2008 XM All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium on July 13, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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When any team calls to propose a big trade with the Yankees, the first name they likely ask about is Jesus Montero. The 20 year old catcher is thought to be a can't miss prospect. His name constantly appears on many lists of top prospects in baseball.

From everything I have heard and read about this kid, Yankee fans should be extremely happy the team has not dealt him in any deal. That includes proposals for stars like Roy Halladay.

Montero was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela in 2006. In his first full season of professional baseball, Montero hit .326 with 17 home runs and 87 RBI's for Class-A Charleston. He has not stopped hitting since. Last season Montero began the year at Class-A Tampa. The Florida State League that Tampa plays in is known as a pitcher friendly league. That did not stop the youngster. Montero hit .356 with eight home runs and 37 RBI's in the 48 games he played for Tampa. Those numbers earn him a promotion to Double-A Trenton. In Trenton, Montero hit .317 with nine home runs and 33 RBI's before suffering a season ending broken finger in on his glove hand.

With his size, some scouts are skeptic on whether or not Montero can play the catcher position at the Major League level. He is 6'4 and 225 pounds. The Yankees are...

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