Yankees: 8 players unable to live up to the hype
By Ryan Doyle
C Jesus Montero (2011)
It seems like ages ago that Jesus Montero was one of the premiere Yankees prospects. He was hyped as the next in the line of great catchers to suit up in pinstripes.
It seemed he was groomed at the perfect time, right as Jorge Posada’s career was winding down, Montero was tearing up the minor leagues. Fans were hearing for years about Montero’s bat and potential as a middle of the lineup power threat.
Montero didn’t disappoint in his first Major League action as a 21-year-old. In 18 games, he hit .328, with four homers and 12 RBI, giving the fans a glimpse into what looked like a fantastic career.
Then, the Yankees stunned many fans, shipping Montero to Seattle for a talented young pitcher in Michael Pineda. At the time, many would have expected a proven front-end starter in return for Montero, not a 22-year-old pitcher coming off his first big league season.
As Pineda went through an endless number of highs and lows in New York, Montero crashed and burned after a solid 2012 campaign in the Pacific Northwest.
Montero played in 135 games in his first year with the Mariners, hitting .260/.298/.386 with 15 bombs. After that, he fell apart. He was connected to the Biogenesis steroid scandal, suspended, showed up to spring training 40 pounds overweight and later would nearly get into a physical altercation with a scout in the Seattle organization over an ice cream sandwich.
In the end, it looks like Seattle and New York shipped a problem for a problem and although the Yanks technically won the trade, Pineda faced his fair share of scandals in pinstripes and was only able to provide glimpses of stardom in his four years in pinstripes (Wait for more on Big Mike).
Thankfully, Yankees fans would only have to wait a few more years before Gary Sanchez arrived, quickly making Montero a distant memory.