December 21, 2009

Montero upped to Scranton, Romine to Trenton

Jesus Montero will start the 2010 with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as the full-time catcher and Austin Romine will begin the year with Trenton, said Yankees vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman this afternoon.

Thanks Mark! Apparently he heard I was interested where all four catching prospects would start next year.

Some believe his glove isn’t ready for Triple-A, but surely his bat is. He combined for 17 HR and 70 RBI with a .337 BA for Tampa and Trenton last year. A lot of people are excited to see this guy climb through the minor leagues, one being me. Keep this in mind:

He threw out 31.8 percent of base runners in Trenton, which is pretty solid and much better than the 12.5 percent he threw out in the first half of the season in Tampa. – Chad Jennings

Does Montero take over for Francisco Cervelli as the Yankees backup catcher by the end of the year? Maybe. I’d say 30 percent chance.

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