Back on New Year’s Eve we noted that Mariners “catcher” Jesus Montero had lost some 30-35 pounds. Now it’s apparently 40 pounds, as this more in-depth report from John McGrath of the News-Tribune about Montero’s offseason transformation reveals.
More importantly, it reveals that the Mariners, though they would have every justification to, have not given up on Montero. They have not given up despite his regression as a player, his knuckleheaded antics off-the-field and the fact that, at present, he doesn’t seem to have a position.
He may not play into the Mariners’ big league plans at all this year. But at Triple-A last year an out-of-shape and unfocused Montero hit .286/.350/.489 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI over 97 games. Imagine what a dedicated, in shape Montero might yet do.
This isn’t self-proclaimed, but Ken Rosenthal knows what time it is:
Phil Coke is looking for a job, but he pitches with his left hand, so whether he gained or lost 15 pounds, he should find a landing spot.
Neither he nor his adivisors made the claim, but they will soon, I can assure you:
Good for him. He has been in the process of eating and behaving his way out of the game the past couple of years — remember the ice cream sandwich incident? — but he just turned 25 and is probably still too young to give up on.
At Triple-A last year Montero hit .286/.350/.489 with 16 home runs and 74 RBI over 97 games, and that was with him being out of shape. If this report is true — and if the weight loss is part of on overall attitude adjustment — there is still a chance that he could fulfill at least some portion of the promise he had as a young prospect.