Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus released a new prospect list over at ESPN.com, and Jesus Montero checked in at 2nd:
Jesus Montero, C, New York Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
Monday’s stats: 2-for-4, HR (1), 2 R, RBI
New York City got awfully excited about Ike Davis, a good-but-not-great prospect, coming to town on Monday. What will it be like later in the season when the Yankees call up one of the best prospects in the game? Surely, the surrounding factors won’t be the same. Mets fans are desperate for a light of hope in a miserable lineup and want Davis to be the answer, while Montero won’t arrive with the same expectations. At 20 years old, he’s one of the youngest everyday players at the upper levels, but he’s also the top hitting prospect in the minors. Montero is batting .300 and showed off power for the first time Monday afternoon against former big leaguer R.A. Dickey. Get the hype train revved up again.
With Jayson Heyward seemingly in Atlanta for good, Montero has a case for being the best hitter currently in the minor leagues. While some other prospects may have more value due to their abilities defensively compared to Montero’s meager backstopping skills, his bat is unquestionably elite. He homered for the first time this season in yesterday’s game, and has started to heat up a bit. He is now hitting .300/.364/.450 (courtesy of RAB‘s Montero watch), and has had a hit in all but one of his 12 games. Montero’s bat is close to ready, and the only thing holding him back is his defense. He should be a ton of fun to track over the next few months.