The Arizona Diamondbacks have a lot of things they should feel positive about: they’re in first place in the tough National League West, they probably have the MVP and Cy Young winner in Paul Goldschmidt and Patrick Corbin respectively, and Heath Bell remembered that getting outs is a good thing.
However, if someone were to ask me who I thought was the best player on the Diamondbacks, I would have said Miguel Montero without hesitation. But through the quarter mark of the season, Montero may just be the worst player on the Diamondbacks.
Entering today’s game, Montero’s slashline of .190/.280/.276 is something you would expect out of an Arizona pitcher, not one of the better catchers in all of baseball. I mean, this is a guy who is coming off a season where he had a .391 on-base percentage and was worth 4.6 fWAR — he was elite.
I guess the Diamondbacks can take some solace in the fact that they are winning without Montero’s production, considering that it’s very likely he will heat up over the summer. Montero’s BABIP is standing at .222, which is about .90 points less than his career average.
As of now, however, that dip in BABIP can be explained by his decreasing line drive percentage and an increase in ground balls hit. However, things tend to even out in baseball, so one should expect a big summer out of Montero. With a typical Montero season, the Diamondbacks should be the odds on favorites to win the competitive NL West.
If not, then it might be another disappointing season in the desert.