Jesus Montero made a big splash when he joined the Yankees for 18 games in 2011 and hit .328/.406/.590. That’s why it was so hard to see him traded for a pitcher who almost immediately landed on the DL with a major injury almost immediately.
However, in the year and a half since Michael Pineda went on the DL, Montero has struggled quite a bit in Seattle. Last year he hit a weak .260/.298/.386 while playing mostly DH as a rookie. He’s been even worse this year at .208/.264/.327 in 29 games so far. Montero even got a chance behind the plate this year, but was a colossal disappointment as he allowed 23 stolen bases in 25 starts and just one caught stealing.
This caused the Mariners to demote Montero to Triple-A on Thursday and by most accounts it is not going to be a short trip. His bat, which was supposed to be can’t-miss, needs to be revitalized and, more importantly, they need to find him another position. That’ll most likely be DH, but he’ll get some work at first base too as ..read more