Entering the season ranked as the third best prospect by Baseball America, Montero has continued to impress in 2011. In his second year with the Yankees’ Triple-A squad, Montero has hit at a clip of .288/.348/.467 with 18 home runs and 67 RBI’s. Montero’s spent most of the season behind the plate for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but has also seen time as the club’s DH.
Originally signed out of Venezuela as a teenager, Montero has spent 5 seasons in the Yankees’ farm system. The 21 year old has maintained a career line of .308/.366/.501, averaging over 18 home runs and 28 doubles a year since joining the Single-A ranks in 2008.
Montero will receive an opportunity as a catcher and designated hitter for the Yankees over this last month of the season. As Jorge Posada has only been able to manage an OPS of .715 this year as the club’s primary DH, Montero has a chance to earn some possible postseason at bats with a strong September performance.
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