Good and bad news for Batavia's Jesus Montero

The New York-Penn League All-Star catcher will be unable to play in the game due to injury.

In the bottom of the seventh inning of the Batavia Muckdogs' game at Tri-City last Thursday, August 2, the ValleyCats' batter, Preston Tucker, was awarded first base when catcher Jesus Montero was charged with interference.

The ramifications were far worse than that as Montero was immediately removed from the game and essentially from the remainder of the summer as well. The 21-year-old was later diagnosed with a broken bone in either his wrist or forearm, ending his 2012 New York-Penn League campaign.

Since then, Montero was named a NYPL All-Star in recognition of his fine season to that point. The right-handed hitter finished with a line of .308/.377/.453 that included six doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI. The native of Venezuela and younger brother of the Seattle catcher of the same name also spent the first month of the season with Quad Cities.

Prior to his injury and being named an all-star, I spoke with Montero. In the following audio interview, Montero discusses his game, his older brother, his new-found power, his focus for improvement and more.

Note that Montero felt more comfortable answering in Spanish, so the audio includes Batavia pitching coach Dernier Orozco serving as translator.


Other recent Muckdogs interviews
Manager Dann Bilardello
Shortstop Alex Mejia
Pitcher Tim Cooney
All-star second baseman Breyvic Valera (coming soon)

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