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63 Jesus Montero 1B
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 11/28/1989 | Birthplace: Guacara, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $503,300 | Owned/Started%: 7/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Manager: Mariners C Jesus Montero will play extensively


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5:34 pm ET) Mariners just-promoted catcher Jesus Montero will be receiving plenty of playing time as the team seeks to evaluate him.

"My hope is to play him as much as possible," Lloyd McClendon told ESPN. "We need to find out about him and see what he's got."

He didn't have much in his previous stints with Seattle after a strong rookie season in 2012. He has since managed just 28 hits in 128 at-bats and spent nearly all of his time in the minors.


Mariners recall Jesus Montero from Triple-A


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(3:36 pm ET) The Mariners have recalled young slugger Jesus Montero from Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. Montero spent five games with the Mariners earlier this season, collecting three hits in 10 at-bats.

While with Tacoma, Montero has posted a very fine .346/.388/.551 slash line with 16 home runs and 75 RBI. 

Montero will be in the starting lineup for the Mariners' game against the Twins on Friday. He is batting seventh and playing first base for manager Lloyd McClendon. 


Mariners' Jesus Montero optioned after 2-for-2 game Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Mariners DH Jesus Montero had a productive game Sunday against the Yankees, going 2 for 2 with one run and one walk in a 2-1 loss. Unfortunately, Sunday's performance could not keep him from being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma after Sunday's game.

Montero hit .300 (3 for 10) with one RBI, one run, three walks and one strikeout in five games with Seattle.


Mariners recall 1B/DH Jesus Montero from Triple-A on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) The Mariners recalled Jesus Montero from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Thursday's contest against the Angels. Montero has spent the duration of the 2015 season at Triple-A, posting a .332/.370/.529 slash line with 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 84 games.

Montero, once a highly-regarded catching prospect, has failed to live up to expectations so far in the Major Leagues. How owns a career .258 batting average with a total of 23 home runs in parts of four big-league seasons. 

He suffered a torn meniscus in his knee during the 2013 season, which has since relegated him to first base and designated hitter duties.

Montero is not in the starting lineup for Thursday's game, but he is with the club and will be available off the bench. 


Jesus Montero continues to post big numbers for Mariners' Triple-A team


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Mariners minor leaguer Jesus Montero had the first two-triple game of his career Tuesday. 

"My manager [Pat Listach] always tells me to play hard, every single time. If you're closer to the plate, it's easier to score a run. If you have the chance to get to third base, get to third base," Montero said, per MLB.com. "Today, I had the chance to get to third base two times."

Montero, who is playing for Triple-A Tacoma, finished Tuesday's game 3 for 4 with four RBI. He has been on a serious hot streak lately, batting .538 (21 for 39) in his last 10 games. He has three home runs and 11 RBI in that span.

The beleaguered Montero is having a resurgent season in the minors. He has a .328/.366/.519/.886 slash line through 83 games with Tacoma. He also has five triples, 12 doubles, 14 home runs and 67 RBI.

"You try to hit the ball hard every single time and to help the team win," he said. "That's what I'm trying to do, and every time there are guys on base, I focus more on hitting the ball hard and try to get the runs in to help the team."


Triple-A coach: Jesus Montero has 'new lease on life in baseball'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero is off to a pretty decent start this season for Triple-A Tacoma. The former top-10 prospect is batting .309 with three home runs, five doubles and 16 RBI through 23 games.

It's not only his offense that is impressing. The former catcher has also made great strides learning how to play first base.

“I mean, he’s a good first baseman now,’’ Tacoma hitting coach Cory Snyder said, per The Seattle Times. “He could play first base in the big leagues right now. It wouldn’t even bother me.”

Montero's success on the field is supported by a turnaround with his attitude. He showed up to camp this year down from 275 pounds to 230 pounds. He has also put behind him a 2013 suspension for performance-enhancing drugs and an incident last year when he threw ice cream at a scout.

“It’s kind of a new lease on life in baseball,’’ Snyder said. “He got everything in order he needed to off the field. With his life, with his family, with kind of everything."


Peterson, Marte, Kivlehan among Mariners cuts Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) The Mariners announced Friday they cut 11 players from major-league camp

Pitcher Lucas Luetge, catcher John Hicks, indielder Ketel Marte, infielder Jesus Montero, outfielder James Jones and outfielder Stefen Romero were optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Pitcher Justin Germano, pitcher Rafael Perez, infielder D.J. Peterson, infielder Patrick Kivlehan and outfielder Franklin Gutierrez were reassigned to minor-league camp.

Peterson (No. 2), Marte (No. 3) and Kivlehan (No. 4) are among the Mariners' top prospects, according to Baseball America.


Mariners' Jesus Montero working to rediscover swing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero is still working to rediscover his swing but remains confident "things will work out," MLB.com reports.

"Right now, I'm just working on the details, fine-tuning what I know. I'm really grateful to the Mariners for the opportunity they have given me to prove myself and what kind of player I am," Montero said. "As you know, baseball is a game of ups and downs, and it's up to you to stay positive. Personally, I'm feeling confident and I believe things will work out. It's early in spring training and God willing, it will all be fine for the regular season."

Montero, who is competing for a backup first baseman role, has a big loop in his swing, according to manager Lloyd McClendon, and has to "clean it up."

"It doesn't happen overnight," McClendon said. "Baseball players are creatures of habit. You do things a certain way every day and then you are asked to make changes and that's tough. But these are changes that he is going to have to make. I certainly think he is up to the task."

Montero is 3 for 15 with one walk and six walks in seven appearances this spring.


Mariners' Jesus Montero: I'm 100 percent about first base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero, who lost 45 pounds in the offseason, went 2 for 2 during Seattle's spring opener Wednesday against the Padres. 

"I felt really good yesterday," Montero said Thursday morning, per MLB.com. "I've been working so hard for this. I've been thinking positive every single day. The work I'm putting in with [strength coach James Clifford] and all the guys in the gym has been awesome because you see the good results right away. Just being in shape, just being at this weight and feeling good, it's a change and it's fabulous.

"I feel so much better. Just running around the bases, feeling good, being in shape and moving and all that, it was fun."

Montero added he is fully dedicated to playing first base, and his improved agility was on notice Wednesday when he made a nice stretch at first to complete a nice defensive play by third baseman Carlos Rivero.

"Last year I was still thinking as a catcher," he said. "Now I'm 100 percent about first base. That's what they want me to do and I'm putting all my heart, all my honesty, all my love into first base and it's been coming good. When you're playing first, you want to do your best for your teammates in the infield and help make things easier for them and that's what I'm trying to do."


Mariners' Jesus Montero down to 235 following 40-pound weight loss


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said Jesus Montero is already down to 235 pounds, which is the playing weight Seattle wanted him at last season. General manager Jack Zduriencik said of his 40-pound weight loss: "It appears maybe the light has come on for him."

Zduriencik added Montero will be "a guy we'll take a good look at" this spring.


Mariners receiving 'very positive reports' on Jesus Montero


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik wasn't short on praise Tuesday when talking about Jesus Montero, adding he has received "very positive reports" about Montero's offseason work, per MLB.com.

Montero has been in the limelight the last two years, but mostly for the wrong reasons. He was suspended for 50 games in 2013 for his ties to the the Biogenesis case. He then drew criticism from Zduriencik for showing up to spring training in 2014 out of shape. Finally, he missed the final month of the 2014 season following an altercation with a Mariners scout during a minor-league game.

Alas, the once-elite prospect seems to be turning the corner, as he is working out daily with Mariners strength and conditioning coach James Clifford.

"We should tip his hat to what he's done," Zduriencik said. "He's worked extremely hard. He's worked a lot of days to the point of absolute exhaustion. It was designed that way, to try to get him in a position where he went above and beyond anything he's ever done before. I think that goal has been accomplished. Everything they've told me about how he's approached this has been extremely positive."


Mariners bring Jesus Montero back to 40-man roster


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/29/2014) The Mariners activated designated hitter Jesus Montero from the suspended list, which puts him back on the 40-man roster. Montero was suspended after getting into an altercation in late August with a team employee in the minors.

Jesus Montero placed on suspended list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Mariners have placed designated hitter Jesus Montero on the suspended list on Monday. He will not play for the remainder of the season,

Jesus Montero won't play for the rest of the season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Mariners designated hitter Jesus Montero won't play for the rest of the season, according to the Seattle Times

Montero was involved in an incident in the minors Thursday night. He was supposed to begin a rehab assignment, but has been pulled from that assignment due to an altercation with a team employee. General manager Jack Zduriencik said Montero's season was over. The club's main focus is to get Montero to work out his personal issues. 


Jesus Montero boomerangs back to Tacoma


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) It took all of one day for Mariners catcher Jesus Montero to be sent down after a promotion. He was officially demoted Friday to Triple-A Tacoma to make room on the roster for newcomer Kendrys Morales.

Montero did not take advantage of his brief time with Seattle, going 0 for 3 Thursday.


Jesus Montero called up Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Mariners infielder Jesus Montero has been called up from Triple-A Thursday.

Montero received 14 at-bats in the majors this season before being sent down to the minors. At Triple-A, he's hit .310 over 303 at-bats. The team had an open roster spot after sending Taijuan Walker to the minors Wednesday.


Jesus Montero sent down


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) Catcher Jesus Montero didn't perform badly with the Mariners, but his latest stint in the bigs was certainly short. He has been demoted to Triple-A Tacoma.

Montero managed four hits in 14 at-bats with a home run in five games. He showed a bit more plate discipline than he has in the past with just two strikeouts.


Jesus Montero hits first homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero has hit safely in each of his three games since being recalled, and provided some power in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

Montero went 1 for 3 before being replaced for defensive purposes late. He slugged a two-run home run in the second inning to provide the ultimate winning margin in a 6-1 victory.

Montero is 3 for 10 with two strikeouts, one run and two RBI since being recalled.  


Jesus Montero trying to learn from mistakes


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2014) Through all the setbacks experienced by Mariners catcher Jesus Montero over the last year, he has soaked in one overriding thought.

"The biggest thing I learned (at Triple-A Tacoma), was how good it is to be in the big leagues," he told the Tacoma News-Tribune. "I've got to respect the game. I've got to do my best ... and help the team to win."

Montero showed promise by batting .260 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI as a rookie with the Mariners in 2012, but flopped miserably a year ago and was demoted to Tacoma, where he suffered a torn meniscus in his knee that sidelined him for seven weeks. Upon his return, he was suspended as part of the Biogenesis scandal.

He then reported to spring training this year 40 pounds overweight, but did hit .270 with eight home runs with the Rainiers to open 2014 and prompt a promotion Thursday. He will serve mostly as a designated hitter against left-handers.


Jesus Montero recalled from Triple-A Tacoma


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) The Mariners recalled first baseman Jesus Montero from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Thursday's contest against the Yankees, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. Montero batted  .270, with eight home runs, over 222 at-bats at Triple-A. 

Jesus Montero could be intriguing option in deep formats


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) With the news the Mariners are set to recall Jesus Montero, Fantasy owners are now faced with the question of adding Montero or leaving him on waivers?

Montero's production in the minors this season has been very interesting. He got off to a really hot start in April, batting .288 with seven home runs and 21 RBI in 20 games. However, he cooled off in May, batting .252 with one home run and 15 RBI in 30 games. He is batting .290 in nine June games but has no home runs and four RBI.

Though what I find most interesting despite Montero's rapid decline in power is his plate discipline. In his last 39 games, Montero has drawn 22 walks and struck out 31 times. In his first 20 games, he had just four walks to 20 strikeouts. It seems as though Montero's approach at the plate changed, which is why he saw a drop in power.

Ultimately, it would be nice if Montero could hit for power, while also getting on base and not striking out as much. Though, from a Fantasy standpoint, if I had to choose between the April version of Montero or the May/June version, I would take the April version because Montero can offset the high strikeout rate with power and RBI production.

Montero has mostly played first base this season at Tacoma and could see a decent amount of playing time with Justin Smoak on the DL. Though, he still has catcher eligibilty in Fantasy, which is a huge benefit. If you are in a deep league and in need of a catcher, Montero could be worth the flier.


Jesus Montero on his way up Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero is on his way back up, according to the Tacoma News Tribune

Montero is hitting .270, with eight home runs, over 222 at-bats at Triple-A. He struggled with weight issues during the spring, and was demoted prior to the start of the season. 


Jesus Montero one of three demoted by Mariners


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Mariners 2013 disappointment Jesus Montero, who has made the switch from catcher to first base, was optioned Friday to Triple-A Tacoma. Joining him among the demoted were outfielders James Jones and Xavier Avery.

Montero had just recently emerged from the doldrums at the plate that had begun early last season. He hit .600 in his last 10 at-bats with two home runs and two doubles, but now must try to work his way back to the big-league club.


Jesus Montero finds offensive groove


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero has been exceptional at the plate his last three spring games, batting .600 (6 for 10) with two home runs, two doubles and five RBI.

"He got better the last three days. He was horse(spit) before then," manager Lloyd McClendon said, per The Seattle Times. "We’ll see how it goes. He’s doing better. He knows what he has to do. The ball is in his court. He’s still got to get himself in better shape and drop some weight."


Jesus Montero reported to camp 40 pounds overweight


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero reported to camp 40 pounds overweight, according to the Seattle Times

There has already been news that Montero was out of shape, but no one anticipated he was 40 pounds over the weight the Mariners had assigned. General manager Jack Zduriencik did not seem happy about the situation, saying he no longer has any expectations for Montero. 

Montero didn't seem too concerned about the weight gain. "I feel comfortable with my weight" he said. "But they want me to lose some weight. Whatever they want. I’m here for the opportunity."

Montero admitted all he did was eat following winter ball. He'll compete for a spot on the 25-man roster in the spring, but seems like a long shot to break camp in the majors given his conditioning.