Given that Jorge Posada will be catching A.J. Burnett tonight against Boston, today, Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record offers the following piece titled, “Yankees caught in tough spot with Jorge Posada.” Now, it is a fairly standard “Posada is a poor defender” article – I actually agree that Posada’s age is a cause for defensive concern and have highlighted some game-calling uncertainties just recently, but I think the way Klapisch tackles the concept is sort of overblown – with one note regarding future catcher (hopefully), Jesus Montero, that I found particularly interesting.
According to Klapisch, “The future belongs to Jesus Montero, but he’s currently at Class-AA, at least two years away from the big leagues.” Is it just me or is Klapisch about as wrong as one can get here? Unless I am mistaken, Jesus Montero is slated to start the season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, not Double-A Trenton. Even if an “A” was forgotten – a typo – and Class-AA was supposed to read Class-AAA, to say that Montero is “at least two years away from the big leagues” is seemingly false based on every report we have read. In fact, if Nick Johnson or Jorge Posada suffer an injury this season, Montero’s bat could lead to a premature debut. That’s just how good he is offensively. How Klapisch can be this mistaken is strange. Perhaps he was referring to Austin Romine, rather than Montero.
If there is no mistake here – well all make them – then Klapisch might have some explaining to do.
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