Indians' Top Prospects: No. 82

Joanniel Montero

For each of the past 15 years, Indians Ink Magazine has ranked the top prospects in the Cleveland farm system. It began as a top 10 list and turned into a top 50 early this decade. This is our third year ranking the top 100 Tribe minor-leaguers. The rankings consider a player's potential, accomplishments, how he's moved in the system, and project it to what he could bring to the major-league team.

No. 82 -- Joanniel Montero

The Joanniel Montero File

Born:
Feb. 2, 1986 in Santo Domingo, DR
Position: Pitcher
B/T: R/R
HT/WT: 6-4/200
Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent, June 24, 2004
Strengths: Fine control (90 walks in 353 pro innings). Probably best suited to starting. When he must be used in relief, he is more effective starting an inning.
Weaknesses: Only 131 strikeouts in last 235 1/3 innings. Must learn to pitch out of stretch position – was hammered for a .343 average and 10.61 ERA with runners on base in 2008.
2009 Projection: Used in relief and as a spot starter at Kinston.

2008 & MINOR-LEAGUE CAREER

Team W L ERA G GS IP H BB SO
Lake County 4 7 5.05 24 10 71.3 80 12 54
Kinston 0 0 5.40 3 0 5 6 1 2
Akron 0 0 15.43 1 0 2.3 6 1 1
Minor Totals 19 27 4.44 88 62 353 368 90 214

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