Jesus Montero 1B SEA 6 Months

Jesus Montero smacked a two-run homer in Tuesday's win over the Padres.

The longball was the first in the majors in over a year for the recently-recalled Montero. The former top prospect has started three of six games since being brought back up and has three hits in his first 10 at-bats. He needs to be owned in AL-only formats.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 6 Months

Mariners recalled 1B/DH Jesus Montero from Triple-A Tacoma.

Just in time for a series against his former team, the Yankees. Montero is expected to mainly be used as a designated hitter against left-handed pitching, but he could see a bit of time at first base. The former top prospect is batting .270/.345/.455 with eight home runs and 40 RBI in 59 games at Tacoma this season.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 6 Months

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are calling up Jesus Montero.

The former top prospect has provided reason for mild optimism this season at Triple-A Tacoma, batting .270/.345/.455 with eight home runs and 40 RBI in 59 games. He could see a good amount of playing time between DH and first base while Justin Smoak (quad) is sidelined and may be worth a flier in some deeper mixed fantasy formats.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 8 Months

Mariners first base prospect Jesus Montero is hitting .300/.338/.629 for Triple-A Tacoma.

Montero hit home runs in four of five games last week, and hit .347/.389/.735 over his past 12 games. At age 24, Montero is now a full time 1B/DH, but is still below the average age in the Pacific Coast League. The Mariners are getting little production out of their outfield, so if Corey Hart is healthy enough to return to the outfield, Montero could pick up at bats at DH.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 9 Months

Mariners optioned 1B/DH Jesus Montero and OFs Xavier Avery and James Jones to Triple-A Tacoma; reassigned SS Chris Taylor to minor league camp.

Montero showed up to camp 40 pounds overweight this spring but actually hit the ball well, batting .310/.355/.621 with three doubles and two homers over 12 games. He's probably still not in the team's good graces but has a shot to make it back up to the majors at some point this season.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 10 Months

Jesus Montero continued his torrid Cactus League hitting on Saturday, belting a pair of homers to lead the Mariners to an 8-5 victory over the Dodgers.

Montero finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. He took Josh Beckett deep for a solo shot in the second inning and added a two-run blast off Chris Withrow in the eighth The most impressive thing about his evening may have been that each of his bombs were of the opposite field variety. Perhaps it's too soon to write him off.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 10 Months

Jesus Montero continued his hot-hitting in Friday's Cactus League loss to the Reds, going 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and an RBI.

The former top-prospect caused a bit of a stir when he reported to camp overweight, but has come on strong in the past few contests. There remains untapped potential in his bat, but he will likely have to prove his worth at the Triple-A level before he gets another shot at everyday at-bats with the Mariners.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 10 Months

Jesus Montero finished Thursday afternoon's game against the Cubs 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

Montero is only hitting .214 in the Cactus League thus far. No matter how he fares this spring, good or bad, he'll start in the minor leagues and try to work his way back into the Mariners' good graces. It'll be a tough road to travel.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 10 Months

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said he has "no expectations" for Jesus Montero after the first baseman reported to camp 40 pounds over the weight the team wanted him to come in at.

"It's up to him," Zduriencik said. "I have zero expectations for Jesus Montero. Any expectations I had are gone." Zduriencik added that Montero has "a ton to prove," while manager Lloyd McClendon said the first baseman is "at a crossroads." Montero's future was already looking murky before this spring, as he's struggled since joining the M's, has been moved off of catcher and last year got popped with a 50-game suspension for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal. He'll begin the season in the minors and obviously has a lot of ground to make up before he becomes relevant again.

Jesus Montero 1B SEA 10 Months

Jesus Montero is currently on a weight-loss program.

"I gained a lot of weight in my country," said Montero. "So, now, I'm on a program to lose weight. I'm working really hard to get my weight back. I wasn't doing nothing (after finishing winter ball), just eating." Montero has struggled since coming over to the Yankees and was handed a 50-game suspension last year for his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal, so he's not doing anything to help his standing with the organization.