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What to do with Jesus?

By Anthony J. Machcinski

As the Yankees decided to have Phil Hughes be their 5th starter for the opening of the 2010 season and their first title defense in nine years, the Bombers will also have to make a decision for future title runs.
Jesus Montero, the consensus number one prospect in the Yankees system, has been a catcher for most of his life, and has a bat that can contend with any of the Yankees on the opening day roster. However, the problem that has arisen is where to put Montero. With Jorge Posada in the catchers role for at least another year, and Mark Texiera being the first baseman for much longer, Montero does not have anywhere to fit with the Yankees.
Currently, the Yankees could not put Posada as an everyday DH because of the acquisition of Nick Johnson. The other problem is their backup catcher, Francisco Cervelli, has made his name as the backup and future starter behind the plate because of his gritty defense and management of pitchers. AJ Burnett would love to have him over Jorge Posada.
While Montero’s bat is phenomenal, there is no way to tell where he will go. His one knock is his defense, where Montero has improved, but not overcome issues with throwing to second base. He is also too slow to cover the outfield in Yankee Stadium, and would need time to convert to the outfield.
So while Montero could be one of the better hitters on the team, it would be no surprise if we don’t see Montero until September in order to gain time to grow and develop his defense. Sometime down the road, he will be the starter; his bat is too good to not have him in the lineup. The question that remains is where.

- The Yankees named Phil Hughes the 5th starter. This will send Joba Chamberlain to the bullpen where he will contend for the 8th inning role in front of Mariano Rivera.
- The Yankees also released Chad Gaudin. While Gaudin’s record, 2-0, was nice out of the bullpen, he was unable to make the roster and was cut. He could be resigned on a lower deal, but he will most likely land another team.

2 comments:

  1. This is such a great problem for the Yankees to have, besides they are in the American League so long term you always can find a place for a superior bat. I like sending him down and sending a message to him that he needs to improve his defense. Hopefully he can improve the D but at least he would hopefully always realize after being sent down that it takes more to be in the bigs then just offense. Chad Gaudin will find a new home very shortly, no worries for him.

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  2. We should trade Hughes for a real 5th starter or maybe if we are lucky we can get a number 4 back.

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