Montero Says He Can Do Better

Jesus Montero, the Yankees' prized international signing from a year ago, had a solid professional debut season with the Gulf Coast League Yankees this year despite playing through an ankle injury. But as good as he was at the plate, and as far as he developed defensively behind it, he says he could have done much better.

"I feel good," Jesus Montero said of his season through the help of Manny Barreda translating. "My injury kind of slowed me down, but I feel good and I learned a lot from the Yankees this year. It was definitely a good experience."

Working hard on shedding weight and re-constructing his swing since signing with the Yankees last July, he had his debut delayed for a couple of weeks when he sprained his ankle toward the end of Extended Spring Training, an injury that had lingering effects throughout the season.

"The injury definitely took away some of my aggressiveness when I was hitting," he revealed. "It's hard to hit for power when my ankle was like that. I've had it wrapped the whole season and I definitely noticed a difference hitting-wise from Extended Spring Training to the Gulf Coast League."

Hitting just .261 in his first 14 games upon his return, he upped his average to .295 over the last 19 games before clubbing two home runs to help lead his team to the championship, finishing the year strong and feeling better about his season as a whole, especially with his progress defensively.

"I reached my main goal, which was learn how to catch a little bit better and I feel I've done that," he admitted. "I also learned a lot better batting technique and improved it this year, which was my other goal.

"Batting-wise, I've learned how to get my hands through the zone without going around. Before, most of the time I was coming around with my hands and now I'm going through [the zone]."

He lost ten pounds this year in an effort to gain more athleticism and improve his footwork behind the plate, proving his resolve to move through the system as a catcher and that remains one of his top priorities as the Instructional League began on Thursday.

"I want to work on two things," he said of his goals for Instructs. "I want to get my hands in, work my hands inside more hitting-wise, and better footwork catching-wise."

Calming any doubts about his abilities with a successful season, and dedicated to work on improving his all-around game in preparation for next year, he can't help but think he could have done better.

"I'd give myself a seven," he said on grading his season from one to ten, "because it was hard to give one-hundred percent because of my injury. I feel I can do a lot better."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I feel good,\" Jesus Montero said of his season through the help of Manny Barreda translating. \"My injury kind of slowed me down, but I feel good and I learned a lot from the Yankees this year. It was definitely a good experience.\"
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\r\nWorking hard on shedding weight and re-constructing his swing since signing with the Yankees last July, he had his debut delayed for a couple of weeks when he sprained his ankle toward the end of Extended Spring Training, an injury that had lingering effects throughout the season.
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\r\n\"The injury definitely took away some of my aggressiveness when I was hitting,\" he revealed. \"It's hard to hit for power when my ankle was like that. I've had it wrapped the whole season and I definitely noticed a difference hitting-wise from Extended Spring Training to the Gulf Coast League.\"
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\r\nHitting just .261 in his first 14 games upon his return, he upped his average to .295 over the last 19 games before clubbing two home runs to help lead his team to the championship, finishing the year strong and feeling better about his season as a whole, especially with his progress defensively.
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\r\n\"I reached my main goal, which was learn how to catch a little bit better and I feel I've done that,\" he admitted. \"I also learned a lot better batting technique and improved it this year, which was my other goal.
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\r\n\"Batting-wise, I've learned how to get my hands through the zone without going around. Before, most of the time I was coming around with my hands and now I'm going through [the zone].\"
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\r\nHe lost ten pounds this year in an effort to gain more athleticism and improve his footwork behind the plate, proving his resolve to move through the system as a catcher and that remains one of his top priorities as the Instructional League began on Thursday.
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\r\n\"I want to work on two things,\" he said of his goals for Instructs. \"I want to get my hands in, work my hands inside more hitting-wise, and better footwork catching-wise.\"
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\r\nCalming any doubts about his abilities with a successful season, and dedicated to work on improving his all-around game in preparation for next year, he can't help but think he could have done better.
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\r\n\"I'd give myself a seven,\" he said on grading his season from one to ten, \"because it was hard to give one-hundred percent because of my injury. I feel I can do a lot better.\"
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