A-Rod Working with Montero while Rehabbing

Via Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News:

Jesus Montero has two guys pushing for him to get a September call-up, including Alex Rodriguez.

“The way he has caught the last two nights, he’s obviously good enough to catch in the majors,” Rodriguez said. “He played with a lot of intensity. He’s got all the tools.”

A-Rod took his two days in Scranton with the Triple-A Yankees as an opportunity to mentor the Yankees’ top hitting prospect. He took him into the indoor batting cage Wednesday afternoon and worked with him on his swing, his approach and about making the next step for about 20 minutes.

“We came in here and had a good session, talked a little bit about the mental side of hitting, the little bit about the mechanics,” Rodriguez said.

This is the kind of stuff that I love to read about since this type of thing can from time to time have a big impact on a player. Working with A-Rod can only boost his confidence and teach him something to work on while he is still down in Triple-A.

Another thing, about A-Rod’s praise of his catching abilities. For one thing I wouldn’t expect him to say anything bad about his skills, but he didn’t need to say anything at all. A-Rod is a very smart baseball person and if he thinks that Montero can catch in the major leagues, that is a very positive sign that this guy might actually be able to catch in the majors.

Another important thing in Ackert’s article was the fact that Montero’s hitting coach, Butch Wynegar, once again said that Montero looks bored and that he has suggested to Brian Cashman that he needs to be called up.

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