The Joanniel Montero File
Born: Feb. 2, 1986 in Santo Domingo, DR
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