Jesus Montero 1B SEA 3 weeks ago

Montero will start at first base and bat seventh Friday against Hector Santiago and the Angels, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The 25-year-old was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday with the expectation being that he would play at DH against left-handed pitching, but manager Lloyd McClendon will give him a look at first base Friday to gauge for himself Montero's progress at the position. Montero has posted an .899 OPS and 15 homers with Tacoma this season, with a .362/.417/.655 batting line against left-handed pitching.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 3 weeks ago

Montero was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Thursday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

A corresponding move was not immediately announced, but Montero has joined the team in Seattle and is primed to take on a short-end platoon role at DH, seeing starts against left-handed pitching. Montero has gone 16-for-31 with Tacoma to begin July, raising his batting line with the affiliate to .332/.370/.529 for the season and bringing his home run total to 15.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 3 months ago

Montero is batting .304 at Triple-A Tacoma with 10 multi-hit games, five doubles and three homers.

If the struggling Mariners don't turn things around soon, it won't be surprising if Montero gets called up. Nelson Cruz, who's proven his middling defense is not a liability, could shift to outfield while Montero plays DH. Dustin Ackley, who is hitting .182, would lose his outfield spot.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 4 months ago

Montero, as expected, was optioned to Triple-A on Friday, the Seattle Times reports.

Montero's focus this spring was more on just saving his career rather than making the Seattle roster. He started well by showing up to camp 40 pounds lighter, but he still needs to fix his swing -- "There's a big loop in his swing," manager Lloyd McClendon said -- and become competent at first base. No longer a catcher, Montero doesn't really have a spot for callup even if he tears up Triple-A. His best chance is an injury to first baseman Logan Morrison.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 4 months ago

Montero, who has three hits in 15 at-bats this spring with six strikeouts, is working on changing his swing, the Seattle Times reports. "There's a big loop in his swing," manager Lloyd McClendon said. "He's going to have to make some changes and we're going to address them. It doesn't happen overnight. ... But these are changes he's going to have to make."

McClendon said he wants Montero to pull the ball less and get back to driving the ball to right-center as he did in 2012 when he had 15 homers and 20 doubles. Montero will begin the year at Triple-A Tacoma. An injury to Logan Morrison is probably the only way he gets a callup. Even if he crushes the ball at Triple-A, the Mariners don't have a spot for him, now that he is no longer a catcher.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 5 months ago

Montero lost 40 pounds this offseason, the Seattle Times reports.Montero angered the Mariners last season when he showed up to spring training 40 pounds overweight. He's nearing the end of his rope with the organization. "He has a lot to prove," general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "And there aren't a lot of expectations there right now." Montero will play first base this year, likely starting the season at Triple-A. If Logan Morrison gets injured, Montero perhaps could be called up -- assuming he's at least competent at first base.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 6 months ago

Montero has already pushed his weight down to 235 pounds, the target that the Mariners set for him to begin spring training, the Seattle Times reports.

The former top prospect been a disappointment since being acquired by the Mariners from the Yankees in the Michael Pineda deal a few seasons back. He'll compete for a roster spot during spring training, and could make for an ideal platoon partner with Logan Morrison at first base if the Mariners can find the flexibility for a player with significant defensive limitations on their 25-man roster. Most likely, he'll have to prove that his physical and mental transformation this offseason is sustainable by hitting at a steady clip against Triple-A pitching to begin the year.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 8 months ago

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that Montero is doing well with his offseason training in Arizona, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Zduriencik said that he wants Montero to focus on first base this spring, a role that is currently assigned to Logan Morrison. The right-handed hitting Montero could work his way into the smaller side of a platoon with Morrison, if he's able to make enough progress defensively to avoid being a liability in the field. Montero hit .286/.350/.489 with 16 homers and 74 RBI in 97 games at Triple-A Tacoma in 2014.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 10 months ago

Montero has been activated from the suspended list and added to the 40-man roster, the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reports.

Montero was suspended for the rest of the season after a bizarre incident with a team scout in late-August. He'll return to the 40-man roster heading into the offseason, and the Mariners cleard space on the 40-man by designating veteran Corey Hart for assignment.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 11 months ago

Montero has been suspended for the remainder of the 2014 season, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

During a recent rehab outing with short-season Everett, Montero was acting as first-base coach when the catcher and a Mariners scout had a disagreement in which the details are currently in question. One thing that is known is Montero confronting and spitting on the scout, resulting in the former's suspension. The 24-year-old reported to spring training this year 40 pounds overweight, which may have been the impetus for the confrontation.