Jesus Montero has been the Yankees' most heralded prospect since Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy, and he proved he's ready for The Show this September and October.
After hitting .282 with 18 homers and 67 RBI at AAA Scranton-Wilkes Barre, Montero responded to his Sept. 1 call-up by hitting .328 and reaching base at a .406 clip while hitting four homers and driving in 12 runs.
As awkward as his swing might seem, it's perfect for Yankee Stadium. Montero displayed his power to the opposite field, which happens to offer a short porch.
Montero's power and hitting ability are evident, but his defense has been questionable. Although he didn't seem terrible in the three games he played as backstop in September, the Yankees won't want Montero to be their everyday catcher. In fact, he'll seldom find himself behind the plate in 2012.
Instead, he'll probably DH against lefties, at least, while occasionally spelling the Yankee catchers.
He's ready, and there's no way we won't see Montero in pinstripes in 2012.