After a nice long vacation, I've returned to continue my blog and the first entry back will be about Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero.
After a banner year in 2011, Montero is off to a slow start in 2012, batting .267 with two homers in 33 games. The worst part is Montero's 36 strikeouts. He's never been that bad of a strikeout hitter, but it's at the root of why Montero is struggling to begin the year. His contact rate is poor.
Montero is swinging and missing at a career-worst 13.9 percent and making contact at 69.6 percent, which is also a career-low. That's significant because Montero has a .366 BABIP, so when he is making contact, then it's been good news for the 28-year-old catcher.
Everyone is expecting a big year from Montero as he's in the final season of his contract. Usually players in walk years have big seasons.
I advised Fantasy owners to search for an unhappy Montero owner and consider trading for Montero. It seems his numbers should rise once he starts making more contact and his average is already on the upswing in May. He's batting .280 this month after hitting .257 in April.