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Player Profile #164: Miguel Montero | C | ARI

After excelling in his half of Arizona’s catching timeshare in 2010, Miguel Montero earned the team’s full-time catching gig. He hasn’t disappointed, putting up nearly identical numbers in each of the last two seasons.

Montero is one of the game’s few catchers with premier lineup slots, batting fourth in a fairly potent Diamondbacks lineup that has him surrounded by perennial All-Star candidates like Justin Upton, Paul Goldschmidt, and Aaron Hill.

But while Montero’s numbers last  year are eerily similar to what he posted in 2011, an argument could be made that he really stepped up his game. George wrote this about Montero during our 2012 catcher review back in early November:

Take a couple seconds to look at Miguel Montero‘s last four months of 2012. Done? Color you impressed. For those too lazy to click on links, Montero struggled through the first two months slashing .252/.349/.340 with just 2 HR and 21 RBI. In his final four months Montero slashed .301/.408/.481 with 13 HR and 67 RBI.

Now, should we expect Montero to continue with those trends all throughout 2013, which would make him a .300/20/100 candidate, or will he have similar slow stretches that once again result in the same general .285/18/85 line we’ve grown accustomed to?

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At a Glance

  • Strengths: RBI, OBP, OPS
  • Neutral: R, HR, BA
  • Weaknesses: SB

Player Comparisons

Miguel Montero 2013 Fantasy Projection

Montero is a great catcher to target. He doesn’t have the panache of someone like Buster Posey or Joe Mauer, so he’ll come at a much better price, and he’s extremely safe to bet on. Montero will probably go around pick 100, so even though we have him ranked in the 160s you should feel comfortable reaching that high to get a great player at a shallow position (even though catcher is getting deeper).

He’s a great source of walks and gets a subsequent boost in OBP leagues, and I still believe there’s 100-RBI potential lying in his bat. Given the value he provides, it’ll be tough finding a catcher that will give you better bang for your buck than Montero.

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About the author: Bryan is the co-founder of Baseball Professor and works as a consultant specializing in operational metrics and efficiency analysis. When he’s not working, blogging, or tending to basic human needs, he enjoys pondering the vastness of the universe, rewatching episodes of Breaking Bad, and avoiding snakes. (@BaseballProf)

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