January 28, 2010

Newman notes on Montero

MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch posted an article on Jesus Montero last night after he was ranked No. 19 in the site’s Top 50 Prospects in baseball. Hoch delivered some nice quotes from Yankees senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman on Montero.

"Offensively, he's an outstanding player," Yankees senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said recently. "He can flat hit, and he can hit with power. He hits the ball to all fields. It's a special hitter, one of the best we've had since I've been here.

"We've had guys do what Derek [Jeter] did as a young player, but beyond him, Montero is right at the top of the list. He's got ground to cover, though. Obviously not many of the chapters have been written in his story, but if he keeps working at it and keeps his head on straight, I think he will do all that stuff. He's got a chance to be an awfully good player."

I thought these quotes validated the hype around the Yankees’ top prospect. His No. 19 ranking is actually the lowest he’s been placed at by any of the lists I’ve seen to date. ESPN’s Keith Law had him at No. 10 in the list he released yesterday (paid content).

I’ve posted a lot of updates on Montero over the past year, so be sure to check out the archives on him here. You can find all archives by any player and other notable things I’ve tagged in my blog on the left sidebar.

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