Friday, February 12, 2010

Yankee catching prospect Jesus Montero gets first taste at corner

TAMPA - After several rounds of batting practice and catching work, Jesus Montero picked up a different kind of glove Thursday - the Yankees' top prospect headed over to first base.

Montero, a catcher who is likely to start at Triple-A Scranton this season, took grounders and throws at first, working with infield instructor Jody Reed.

'This doesn't really mean anything since all AAA Yankees catchers do this, but already I've seen people theorize that the Yankees mean to move him off of catcher now.

From Chad Jennings back on December 21st:
Montero will get some time at first base, at least during drills. It’s something all catchers in the Yankees system do. I’ve seen Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Kevin Cash take ground balls at third base. P.J. Pilittere has gotten a bit of playing time at first.
“He’ll get that as a matter of course,” Newman said. “But all of our guys do. It won’t be anything special for him.”

Montero may end up moving to 1B, but not yet, especially not before they can see if his improvements in AA will last.

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