Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero is providing the kind of season I think many of us expected to see him have in 2010. After being sidelined very early last season with an ankle injury and missing tow months, it was hard for him to ever get on track. Now, he's providing the kind of stats that all-stars are made of.
After last night's game, Montero is hitting .282 with 8 HR and 36 RBI. The other night in Florida, he has doubles in each of his first three at-bat's. Impressive. Last night at home against the San Francisco Giants, he hit a 3-run homer that brought the Dbacks to within 5-4 at the time.
Montero over the last 7 days is hitting .409. His season OPS is .852. I haven't even touched on his defense yet. I love his aggressiveness. He consistently is keeping an eye on the bases. He likes to throw to first base and try to pick runners off. That to me is a catcher who is keeping his head in the game. He spends a lot of time calming down his pitchers when they start to get wild. All of that to me spells leader. That's what you want your catcher to be, a leader.
Sure, Montero had a gaffe last night in allowing the Giants to score a run they shouldn't have however for him that has become the exception rather than the rule. Having nine hits and nine RBI over the last five games kind of helps you forget some of that stuff, no matter how big or small. I can say this, I am sure happy to have him on the roster and I guarantee you the staff and players all feel the same way. Miggy, as we affectionately call him, is on pace for an outstanding season.