Commentary

Montero on a tear

News and notes from Thursday in the minor leagues

Updated: July 3, 2009, 12:09 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Let's just call it the Josh Vitters rule

Jesus Montero, C, Yankees (Double-A Trenton)
Thursday's stats: 2-for-5, HR (5), R, 2 RBI, K
Basically, if you go deep in a fourth straight game, you make the Minor League Update, and continue to do so until the streak ends. If you need someone else to keep track, the 19-year-old Venezuelan product is now 8-for-14 in those four games with 24 total bases, upping his season averages to .325/.395/.571 (batting/on-base/slugging). For a teenager in Double-A, that is entering nutsy cuckoo territory.

Same as it ever was …

Brian Matusz, LHP, Orioles (Double-A Bowie)
Thursday's stats: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K
Not just a Talking Heads reference, but also a quote from a scout when asked to give a review of Baltimore's top pick in last year's draft. He's sitting at 88-92 with outstanding movement and location, throws two quality breaking balls and a very good changeup, mixes his pitches extremely well and pounds the strike zone. That scouting report has been the same for Matusz for years now, and he's nearly big league-ready.

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