This is the second from last in a ranking of the eight position players expected to start the season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Here’s the list thus far:
#8 – 3B Ryan Roberts
#7 – 2B Aaron Hill
#6 – LF Gerardo Parra
#5 – 1B Paul Goldschmidt
#4 – SS Stephen Drew
#3 – CF Chris Young
#2 – C Miguel Montero
I’ll admit, I’m a little biased toward catchers. Their overall numbers offense numbers do little to suggest just how valuable they are. Along with the starting pitcher, a catcher has the most control over the game and Miguel Montero is among the best in baseball right now.
Montero set career marks in every offensive number last season en route to a statline of .282/18 hr/86 RBI. OK for the average player, monumental for catchers. Among all MLB catchers, Montero was 2nd in RBI (behind mostly DH Victor Martinez), 3rd in OPS and 4th in average. He’s also a moderately good defensive catcher with a cannon for a throwing arm, gunning down 40% of opposing runners. Montero made the All-Star game and even garnered some MVP votes (OK, only 21st place…but it still counts).
Montero shouldn’t be hitting cleanup for the Diamondbacks so hopefully Paul Goldschmidt will continue to develop and can allow Montero to move to #5 in the lineup, perhaps improving the pitches he sees. Despite his overall mediocre numbers when compared to other position players, Montero‘s value shouldn’t be taken lightly. Catcher is an extremely hard position to fill and the Diamondbacks are sitting in a better position that nearly every other team. That’s why it’s crucial that the D-Backs extend Montero. Catchers are worth every penny and when you have one of the best right in your lap, you don’t let him get away.
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