Miguel Montero

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Miguel Montero
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Montero with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago Cubs – No. 16
Catcher
Born: (1983-07-09) July 9, 1983 (age 31)
Caracas, Venezuela
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 6, 2006 for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .264
Home runs 97
Runs batted in 448
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Miguel Angel Montero (born July 9, 1983) is a Venezuelan professional baseball catcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Baseball career[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2001, Montero showed an ability to hit for average and power in the minors, hitting .307 with 43 home runs in 2005 and 2006.

He made his major league debut on September 6, 2006, against the Florida Marlins. In that same game, Aníbal Sánchez of the Marlins would throw a no-hitter against the Diamondbacks. Montero would play in a total of 6 games that year, recording a .250 batting average.

In 2007 and 2008, Montero platooned with Chris Snyder at the catching position for the D-Backs and batted a .224 average with 10 home runs in 2007 and batting .255 with 5 home runs in 2008.

Montero began the 2009 season slowly, hitting just three home runs and having just a .200 batting average through the first two months. However, when Snyder was put on the disabled list in June, Montero's playing time increased markedly and he finished the season with a career-high .294 batting average.

Montero caught Edwin Jackson's no-hitter on June 25, 2010.[1] He would finish the season with a .266 batting average and 9 home runs.

In 2011, after hitting .272 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI, Montero was selected to his first All-Star Game. He also threw out 40% of baserunners trying to steal, a career high.

Montero was named to his second All-Star game in July 2014, replacing the injured Yadier Molina for the National League.[2]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

After the 2014 season, the Diamondbacks traded Montero to the Chicago Cubs for Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley. Mejia and Godley are both minor leaguers.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: Arizona Diamondbacks 1, Tampa Bay Rays 0". Retrosheet.org. June 25, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  2. ^ Gilbert, Steve (July 11, 2014). "Montero named to replace Yadier at All-Star Game". Major League Baseball. MLB.com. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Montero traded from Diamondbacks to Cubs". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 

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External links[edit]

  1. ^ Crasnick, Jerry. "Chicago Cubs get Montero from D-Backs". ESPN Chicago. Retrieved 10 December 2014.