In 2000, the Chicago cubs drafted high upside youngster Luis Montanez third overall.
That was the pinnacle of Montanez’s career.
He bounced around the minors for a number of years with marginal success, before being sent packing to where all Cubs prospects go to fade away – Baltimore. There, he actually saw some time in the bigs, but didn’t find any success.
And now he’s back. The Cubs signed Montanez to a minor league deal and invited him to Spring Training, where he’ll theoretically compete for the fifth outfielder spot with Reed Johnson and Fernando Perez. Montanez is still just 29, but if the last two seasons are any indication – .525 OPS in 2009, .296 OPS in 2010 – he just isn’t cut out for the Majors.