Unfortunately for Yadier Molina, his broken thumb will keep him out for not only the All-Star Game but possibly for the rest of the season. However, one man’s bad news represents an opportunity for another guy. That happens to be Miguel Montero who will take Molina’s spot in the Midsummer Classic. It represents his second All-Star selection, having been named in 2011. The catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks is a worthy selection, having done a complete 180 from his tough 2013 season.
Montero leads all catchers in RBI’s with 52 and is third among all backstops in both on-base percentage (.345) and OPS (.765). He is also back at catching his customary workload, having been the starter behind the plate for 81 of the team’s 94 games. Last year, Montero battled injuries all season and struggled to his worst offensive season since 2008. He batted only .230 with only 11 home runs and 42 RBI’s. He has already surpassed his RBI total from 2013 and has equaled his home run output. This All-Star season could result in Montero being named the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year.
Montero will be joining teammate Paul Goldschmidt in Minneapolis. Here is hoping that both men get the chance to show the rest of the of the country that there are some D’back players that are worth watching.