The last two seasons have seen Miguel Montero become one of the top catchers in all of MLB. With the 2013 season three weeks away, Montero is getting ready for the season by playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. When Montero returns, he should be in midseason form for an Arizona Diamondbacks team that made some changes this off-season, but made sure they kept their catcher around for years to come.
Montero will enter the second year of a six-year contract for Arizona in 2013, and take Arizona back to the brink of the postseason. Montero had 15 home runs last season while hitting .286. Those numbers are impressive coming from the catcher position. I think Montero is going to take the next step this season both at the plate and behind it. Montero made nine errors last season, and I believe he will reduce that number after another year of catching Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill.
Montero is also going to be better at the plate, with the potential of hitting over 20 home runs. Montero has hit 18 before in a season, and there’s no reason why he can’t get to 20 if he plays around 145-150 games.
Arizona may be looking at an uphill climb in the National League West with the talent at the top of the division, but it is players like Montero that will make the Diamondbacks a real threat to finish over .500 and get in the playoff chase.