Can't-miss Montero can't catch on

Yankees prospect heads back to Triple-A in favor of Gustavo Molina. (Who?)

Updated: March 29, 2011, 2:28 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- It is way too early, of course, to pronounce Jesus Montero a bust, or to declare that the New York Yankees' belief in his potential, expressed early, often and loudly all winter long, was a delusion exposed by the first light of spring.

But there is no other way to look at his demotion on Monday back to Triple-A in favor of Gustavo Molina, who isn't even related to The Molinas, baseball's First Family of Defensive Catchers, as anything but a blown opportunity.

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