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63 Jesus Montero DH
Height/Weight: 6-3/235 | Birthdate: 11/28/1989 | Birthplace: Guacara, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Seattle | College: No College | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $503,300 | Owned/Started%: 4/0 | Average Draft Position: 292.86
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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. 


Lloyd McClendon: It's put up or shut up time for Jesus Montero


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Patience is running thin in Seattle in regard to disappointing Mariners catcher/first baseman Jesus Montero, who arrived in spring training overweight.

Montero batted just .208 last season, which ended prematurely due to a suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. He struggled so greatly behind the plate that he has been moved to first base. He is not expected to break camp with the Mariners.

"He's at a crossroads. It's time to either put up or shut up," Lloyd McClendon frankly told the Tacoma News-Tribune.


Jesus Montero arrives overweight


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2014) Mariners catcher/first baseman and one-time premier prospect Jesus Montero has not arrived in camp in playing shape, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. He has been deemed a bit heavy.

Montero is coming off a horrible season in which he struggled at and behind the plate. He has since been moved to first base. He batted just .208 with a .254 on-base percentage before being struck down by the Biogenesis scandal that resulted in a 50-game suspension.


Jack Zduriencik: Too risky to count on Jesus Montero


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2014) Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is keeping is expectations low for Jesus Montero, according to ESPN. 

Zduriencik said he'll be happy if Montero is able to break camp with the team, but added that they aren't pinning their hopes on Montero. "If you are bringing him in here and counting on him, I think that's a little too risky at this point," Zduriencik said. "I think you’d be foolish to say you were counting on this guy." 

With Mike Zunino taking over behind the plate, and Corey Hart and Justin Smoak fighting it out at first and DH, there's not a spot for Montero on the roster. He can possibly hit his way into the team's plans with a strong spring, but it's hard to see him beating out the current options right now. Zduriencik seems to agree.


Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero both available


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/12/2013) Though Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik has said he still plans to have Justin Smoak start at first base even following the acquisitions of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, USA Today reports the Mariners have let teams know both Smoak and catcher Jesus Montero are available.

Justin Smoak looked like he was having a breakout season in 2013, hitting .273 with an .821 OPS as late as Aug. 16, but he hit just .152 with a .562 OPS the rest of the way. After another failed attempt to secure the starting catcher job, Montero was sent to the minors to learn first base before getting hit with a 50-game suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis clinic. He also had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.


Jesus Montero suffers knuckle laceration in minor car crash


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2013) Mariners designated hitter Jesus Montero has not played in the Venezuelan Winter League after suffering a laceration on his knuckles during a minor car crash, MLB.com reports.

"He's been shut down for a little while until he gets the stitches out," Mariners minor league coordinator Chris Gwynn said Wednesday. "But the trainers and everybody there say he's fine. They're just letting it heal before he gets back out there again."

Montero has hit .293 with one home run and 13 RBI in 21 games with Lara of the VWL.


Jesus Montero playing in winter league to regain timing


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Mariners first baseman Jesus Montero is participating in the Venezuelan Winter League to help regain his timing at the plate, MLB.com reports.

"He missed a lot of time this year, so it's good for him to get as many at-bats as possible," Mariners director of Minor League operations Chris Gwynn told MLB.com. "He is healthy and playing a lot of first base. It looks like he's getting his legs underneath him now and is swinging the bat pretty well."

Starting primarily at first base, Montero is 7 for 29 with one home run and three RBI in his first seven games with VWL club Lara. He played in just 56 games between the majors and minors during the 2013 season while dealing with injuries and a suspension.


Jesus Montero still a long-term option


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/5/2013) I can guess your response to the news Monday that Jesus Montero is one of the dozen players suspended 50 games for their involvement in the Biogenesis scandal: "You mean that was him on PEDs?"

And that's what I want you to think: that if all he's ever been to this point in his major-league career is a .699-OPS guy, that's all he'll ever be. I don't know that it's wrong, necessarily. We still don't know when exactly he used PEDs, and we'll never know what effect they may have had on his numbers. But if the majority of Fantasy owners feel that way about him, his price tag will drop to nothing on Draft Day next year. That's a gamble I'd be willing to take.

Montero is only 23. Plenty of players haven't even reached the big leagues by that age, so to call him a failure would be premature. His pedigree suggests he still has plenty of room for growth apart from PEDs, and because he'll still have catcher eligiblity entering next season, he doesn't need to be the most well-rounded hitter right away to factor in Fantasy.

Of course, he still has to come back from knee surgery and win a job and all that, but the bottom line is I still like him long-term.


Jesus Montero suspended 50 games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) Mariners catcher Jesus Montero has been suspended 50 games due Zto his involvement with the Biogenesis clinic. 

Montero will accept the suspension, and will serve it without pay. Montero is currently in Triple-A. He hit .208/.264/.327 in 101 at-bats in the majors.


Report: Biogensis discipline handed down


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2013) FOX Sports reports among the players accepting 50-game suspensions for their connection to the Biogenesis investigation are Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo, Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin , Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, Mets outfielder Cesar Puello, Astros reliever Sergio Escalona, Padres reliever Fautino De Los Santos, Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez and free-agent pitcher Jordan Norberto.

The report also states Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon, Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal and Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera will be dealt no additional discipline. Also, no violations were found against Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez and Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.


Jesus Montero struggling on rehab assignment


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2013) Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, who is coming back from knee surgery, played in his seventh rehab game in the Arizona Rookie League Monday, MLB.com reports. Montero went 1 for 3 with a walk and is gone 4 for 19 (.211) overall. 

Montero underwent surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee in early June. The 23-year-old is hitting .208 with three homers, nine RBI but 21 strikeouts over 101 at-bats and was demoted to the minors before suffering his injury. 


Jesus Montero nearing rehab games


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Mariners catcher Jesus Montero is expected to be the designated hitter in an Arizona Rookie League game Friday, MLB.com reports. Montero is coming back from knee surgery. 

Montero underwent surgery on a torn meniscus in his left knee in early June. The 23-year-old Montero is hitting .208 with three homers, nine RBI but 21 strikeouts over 101 at-bats and was demoted to the minors before suffering his injury. 


Jesus Montero out 4-6 weeks


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2013) Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio that catcher Jesus Montero will be out 4-6 weeks following surgery on the torn meniscus in his left knee.

Wedge said the injury and time off will give Montero a chance to collect himself mentally. The team hopes he'll be a better player when he returns. 

The 23-year-old Montero is hitting .208 with three homers, nine RBI but 21 strikeouts over 101 at-bats. 


Jesus Montero to require knee surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2013) Mariners catcher Jesus Montero suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee at Triple-A Tacoma, the team announced Saturday. Montero will require surgery to repair the injury sometime in the next week, and it is not clear when he suffered the injury or how.

Montero has not played since Wednesday and was batting .250 in seven games since being demoted. 


Jesus Montero solid at first so far


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2013) With six minor-league games under his belt, demoted Mariners catcher Jesus Montero already has three doubles and five runs scored. But, more importantly, he has yet to commit an error at first base, his new position. 

Montero has gotten 45 chances at first base through five games (he caught one game), with 42 putouts and three assists. It's doubtful that he'll get called right back up if Justin Smoak's injury continues to bother him and he's forced to go on the DL. But Montero's quick transition of first base is encouraging, considering his bat should be fine, based on past performance. 

Owned in 36 percent of leagues, Montero makes for a decent hold in deeper leagues (for a patient owner) and an excellent trade target in dynasty formats.