Former Yankee stud prospect Jesus Montero is reportedly named in records from a now-shuttered Miami-based anti-aging clinic that is alleged to have provided performance-enhancing drugs to athletes. The Daily News reported early Wednesday morning that Montero, who served as a catcher and designated hitter for the Seattle Mariners in 2012, is mentioned in records from the clinic, Biogenesis, which is now the focus of an MLB investigation.
Montero is the fourth client of agents Seth and Sam Levinson to be linked to the clinic, following former Yankee and current Blue Jay Melky Cabrera, Nationals ace Gio Gonzalez and Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz. The Levinsons are also being investigated by MLB.
The news of Montero's alleged connection to Biogenesis came just hours after current Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli was linked to the clinic. Cervelli is competing to be the Yankees' starting catcher in 2013 and has denied knowingly taking any illegal substances provided by Biogenesis.
Montero, once the crown jewel of the Yankees' farm system, was traded to the Mariners before the 2012 season for pitcher Michael Pineda, who was injured during spring training and has yet to pitch for the Yankees.
Montero had a decent rookie season, but failed to live up to the hype, producing just a .260 average, .298 on-base percentage and 15 home runs. Concerns about his long-term viability behind the plate were also put on display, and he caught just 56 games (55 starts). He appeared in 78 games as the designated hitter.
Biogenesis came to the forefront last week when an alternative Miami weekly revealed clinic records alleging PED distribution to such stars as Gonzalez, Cruz, Cabrera and Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.