Seattle Mariners: Getting to Know Jesus Montero

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Position:

First Base

Biography:

Jesus became a Mariner by way of trade, being swapped for starting pitcher Michael Pineda in January 2012. After failing to live up to lofty expectations as the team’s catcher of the future, he continued a descent into burnout status after multiple issues such as a serious knee injury, drug suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal and being overweight. He enters 2015 as the team’s largest wild card and the player with the most to prove, having once been one of the top 5 prospects in the entire game.

Last Year:

6 Games played: .235 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB

SSU Projection:

30 Games played: .285 AVG, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 0 SB

Has a fantastic Spring Training that carries on over to AAA Tacoma, as he combines with D.J. Peterson to create a lethal offensive combo. Health and productivity keeps him from the Major League roster until a September call-up where he re-establishes his value as a talent to watch.

Random Fact/Quote:

His infant daughter Loren serves as one of his inspirations. As he told Greg Johns, “I wanted her to look at me like an example, not like a quitter or something. I wanted something good for her and that’s what I’m thinking the whole time.”

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