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Jesus Montero | Catcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (24) / 11/28/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mariners optioned 1B/DH Jesus Montero and OFs Xavier Avery and James Jones to Triple-A Tacoma; reassigned SS Chris Taylor to minor league camp.
Montero showed up to camp 40 pounds overweight this spring but actually hit the ball well, batting .310/.355/.621 with three doubles and two homers over 12 games. He's probably still not in the team's good graces but has a shot to make it back up to the majors at some point this season. Mar 14 - 5:46 PM

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Jesus Montero continued his torrid Cactus League hitting on Saturday, belting a pair of homers to lead the Mariners to an 8-5 victory over the Dodgers.

Montero finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. He took Josh Beckett deep for a solo shot in the second inning and added a two-run blast off Chris Withrow in the eighth The most impressive thing about his evening may have been that each of his bombs were of the opposite field variety. Perhaps it’s too soon to write him off.
Mar 9 - 12:25 AM

Jesus Montero continued his hot-hitting in Friday's Cactus League loss to the Reds, going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

The former top-prospect caused a bit of a stir when he reported to camp overweight, but has come on strong in the past few contests. There remains untapped potential in his bat, but he will likely have to prove his worth at the Triple-A level before he gets another shot at everyday at-bats with the Mariners.
Mar 7 - 9:19 PM

Jesus Montero finished Thursday afternoon's game against the Cubs 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

Montero is only hitting .214 in the Cactus League thus far. No matter how he fares this spring, good or bad, he'll start in the minor leagues and try to work his way back into the Mariners' good graces. It'll be a tough road to travel.
Mar 6 - 5:45 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said he has "no expectations" for Jesus Montero after the first baseman reported to camp 40 pounds over the weight the team wanted him to come in at.

"It’s up to him," Zduriencik said. "I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone." Zduriencik added that Montero has "a ton to prove," while manager Lloyd McClendon said the first baseman is "at a crossroads." Montero's future was already looking murky before this spring, as he's struggled since joining the M's, has been moved off of catcher and last year got popped with a 50-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal. He'll begin the season in the minors and obviously has a lot of ground to make up before he becomes relevant again.
Feb 21 - 8:25 AM

Jesus Montero is currently on a weight-loss program.

"I gained a lot of weight in my country," said Montero. "So, now, I’m on a program to lose weight. I’m working really hard to get my weight back. I wasn’t doing nothing (after finishing winter ball), just eating." Montero has struggled since coming over from the Yankees two years ago and was handed a 50-game suspension last year for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal, so he's not doing anything to help his standing with the organization.
Feb 12 - 3:06 PM

Jesus Montero will primarily focus on first base moving forward.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Montero will likely do a little catching in camp this spring, but it's probably a waste of time, as it's quite clear he can't be relied on behind the plate. The 24-year-old is coming off a nightmare year which included a 50-game ban for performance-enhancing drugs, so his role entering 2014 is a big question.
Feb 12 - 12:47 PM

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Mariners are letting teams know that Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak are available in trades.

Montero and Smoak are both expendable now that the Mariners have added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison. Both players are top prospects who have disappointed so far at the major league level, but someone might take a chance on them as change of scenery candidates.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 08:46:00 AM

While in Venezuela participating in the Venezuelan Winter League, Jesus Montero was involved in a minor car accident, suffering a laceration on his knuckle.

The injury has forced Montero out of action for over a week, reports Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN in Seattle. Montero was hitting .293 with a .731 OPS, including 23 strikeouts and six walks, in 82 at-bats in the Venezuelan Winter League. Drayer says Montero has been playing primarily at DH and first base, and that his catching days "are over."
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 04:41:00 PM

Jesus Montero has been primarily playing at first base for Cardenales de Lara of the Venezuelan League.

The former catcher has seen his star fall quite a bit during the past year -- he hit .208/.264/.327 in 29 games with the Mariners before being demoted, and in August he received a 50-game ban for using performance-enhancing drugs. Now in winter ball, the 23-year-old is working on a position change and has regained his swing to a point, batting .306 with four doubles, a home run and 11 RBI through 18 games. Montero was a top prospect not so long ago so it's not hard to see him regaining some fantasy value with a strong spring, especially given the Mariners' current options at the position. He's a guy to keep an eye on.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 10:11:00 PM

Major League Baseball has handed Jesus Montero a 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension.

Montero was involved in the purchase of performance-enhancing drugs from the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. The 23-year-old has been a disappointment in more ways than one since joining the Mariners via trade from the Yankees. He'll take the rest of the summer off.
Mon, Aug 5, 2013 12:58:00 PM

Jesus Montero (knee) went 1-for-3 with a walk in his seventh game Tuesday in the Arizona Rookie League.

Montero is just 4-for-19 (.211) since being cleared to play in rookie-level rehab games. He underwent surgery in early June to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee and probably won't return to Triple-A Tacoma until the end of this month. The Mariners optioned him off their 25-man roster in late May after he opened the year with a brutal .208/.264/.327 batting line over his first 29 games.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 05:00:00 PM

Jesus Montero (knee) will serve as the designated hitter on Friday for the Mariners' Arizona Rookie League team.

It will be Montero's first game action since he underwent surgery last month to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. He will not play catcher for the rest of the season and might be done at the position altogether, but he'll be used at first base and DH at Triple-A Tacoma.
Wed, Jul 3, 2013 07:42:00 PM

Jesus Montero is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Montero has been placed on the disabled list with Triple-A Tacoma and will undergo surgery at some point next week. It's another troubling development after he was recently demoted to the minors. The Mariners no longer view Montero as a catcher, so he'll continue to be developed at first base and DH when he's healthy enough to return.
Sat, Jun 1, 2013 03:22:00 PM

Mariners optioned C Jesus Montero to Triple-A Tacoma.

Montero has been a major disappointment this season, batting just .208/.264/.327 with three home runs and nine RBI in 29 games. The Tacoma News Tribune reports Montero "may no longer be viewed as a catcher at the big league level" and is expected play first base and DH in the minors. Mike Zunino will remain at Triple-A for now, while Jesus Sucre will replace Montero on the active roster.
Thu, May 23, 2013 12:08:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2John Buck
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Robinson Cano
2Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Stefen Romero
CF1Abraham Almonte
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Logan Morrison
2Michael Saunders
3James Jones
DH1Corey Hart
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Erasmo Ramirez
4Taijuan Walker
5James Paxton
6Roenis Elias
7Chris Young
8Blake Beavan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Joe Beimel
7Dominic Leone