Posted February 23, 2012 on AP on Fox
(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) At first glance, it's easy to see the potential in Jesus Montero. The Seattle Mariners' prized acquisition in an offseason trade with the New York Yankees is an imposing presence. He's a catcher and designated hitter listed at 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, and the ball jumps off his bat with a crack audible across the Mariners' spring training facility. Montero, 22, went 20 for 61 (.328) in 18 games with the Yankees after a September call-up last season. He hit four home runs and four doubles. When the Mariners - in need of something to jolt their offense after finishing last in the majors in runs (556) and team batting average (.233) - went in search of offense combined with youth and promise, Montero was their target. Montero looks to be slotted in the cleanup or fifth spot in the Mariners' batting order, at DH to start. The team hopes to develop him as a catcher, with veteran Miguel Olivo providing some power and handling the pitching staff...
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