Jesus Montero can hit -- but there's a catch

Updated: February 25, 2010, 10:13 AM ET
By Buster Olney
The other day, New York Yankees coach Tony Pena took the team's catchers through some work, first focusing on throwing the ball to second base; Yogi Berra was there, too, and so was Butch Wynegar, offering advice. Jorge Posada, who is easing his way into the throwing drills this spring, participated by taking throws at second base. Francisco Cervelli and others would glove a pitch, pop up and quickly reset both feet and throw to second in the standard throwing mechanics for catchers.

But then Jesus Montero, one of the best catching prospects in all of baseball and the guy who would have been the centerpiece of any Yankees deal for Roy Halladay, took his turn in the drill, and his mechanics were much different.

Instead of popping up onto the front of both feet and firing to second, Montero kept his right foot anchored in place after catching the pitch; he took a short stride with his left foot and threw to second base.

A few things about this: