11/5/14

NEWEST MET - C - Johnny Monell

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Happy and excited to get an opportunity with the !

Johnny Monell
Free agent
Catcher
Born: March 4, 1986 (age 28)
Bronx, New York
Bats: LeftThrows: Right

San Francisco Giants[edit]

Monell was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 27th round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of Christopher Columbus High School in Bronx, New York. He did not sign, and instead played at Seminole Community College. The New York Mets then drafted him in the 49th round of the 2006 MLB Draft but he returned to college. Finally he was drafted by the Giants in the 30th round of the 2007 MLB Draft and signed.
Monell was called up to the majors for the first time on September 2, 2013 by the Giants.[1] He flew out to left center field in his debut as a pinch hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 5. His first Major League hit was a single off of Peter Moylan of the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 14. That was his only hit in 8 at-bats for the Giants that September. He was designated for assignment on November 27.

Baltimore Orioles / Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Monell was sold to the Baltimore Orioles on November 30, 2013, who then designated him for assignment again on March 24, 2014. He was outrighted to the AAA Norfolk Tides, where he hit .209 in 30 games.
On May 28, 2014, Monell was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash, and assigned to the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes.[2] In 38 games for the Isotopes, he hit .261.

5 comments:

Ernest Dove said...

What are ur thoughts in this, Mack?
I believe u just recently mentioned that all minor league teams carry 3 catchers. Will he simply compete to be the 3rd catcher in Vegas?

Mack Ade said...

Ernest -

Monell has some decent pop and the Las Vegas staff remembers him well when he hit 20-HRs in 2013 for Fresno.

Slot him immediately into the empty locker left by Centeno and he will compete for the backup slot in Queens

Bronx kid.

Can't hurt

Ernest Dove said...

Its crazy how 'cute' little tweets and hashtags can now quietly remind us that young men like this guy are out there, every day, just trying to live out their dreams. .......... I wish him luck.

Thomas Brennan said...

My brother's reaction? "They (the Mets) better do more than this.". Tired of little steps, wants big ones.

He is a lefty bat with pop. With soon-to-be cozier right field fences. He could easily replace Recker to allow catcher's position to go lefty righty.

Sandy's challenge is to get us to 90+ for real this year. Maybe this move adds a win or two.

Thomas Brennan said...

A little more on Monell - he does not hit lefties well, but over the past 3 years, very solid vs righties. With pop. So one could envision him starting and sitting d'Arnaud vs tough righty pitchers.

How good or bad a catcher he is, I do not know. That could dictate if he supplants Recker, but I think a lefty/righty Monell/d'Arnaud combo offensively would exceed keeping Recker.

Monell has played 85 games at 1B in the minors too, useful in a pinch.

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