Valuable part of Nolan Arenado trade

Elehuris Montero has a possibility to be significantly much more than a footnote in the Nolan Arenado trade. His Roy Hobbs-like July proved that.

Of study course, the Hartford Property Goats’ 22-12 months-outdated infielder doesn’t believe of his profession in that context. Why would he? He’s much too hectic crushing baseballs, honing his capabilities at third foundation, and striving to determine things out as a prospective Rockies’ initially baseman.

Montero’s July quantities at the Double-A amount have been startlingly very good. He strike .416, launched twelve property runs, drove in 27 runs and posted an OPS of one.298. No-brainer notify: Montero was honored as the Double-A Northeast League’s participant of the month.

His month was encouraging, and it has Montero climbing the Rockies’ slight league charts. According to Chris Forbes, the Rockies’ director of participant progress, Montero has a possibility to transfer up to Triple-A Albuquerque this period.

“In chatting with Darin Everson, our hitting coordinator, we have come to know that this is a person who truly has a passion for hitting,” Forbes reported. “He certainly loves hitting, loves to speak hitting. … Furthermore, he’s a very good listener and extremely coachable.”

Enjoying in the majors is Montero’s lifelong aspiration. His father, Francisco Montero, pitched in the Phillies business from 1996-2000 but by no means created it over Higher-A.

“I don’t know precisely when I started out actively playing, possibly two or 3, but it would seem like I have performed baseball permanently,” Elehuris (el-ee-OO-riss) Montero reported. “But my father was normally actively playing baseball.”

Even though his father by no means created it to the majors, it seems to be a extremely reachable goal for Montero.

“I’ll allow the (Rockies) make that final decision, I’m just acquiring superior by trusting the system,” Montero reported. “I’m operating challenging and acquiring ready for each and every working day and each and every video game. That is all I can do.”

Rockies followers know about remaining-hander Austin Gomber, the centerpiece of the Rockies-Cardinals trade on Feb. one that despatched Arenado — and $51 million — to St. Louis. Montero? He’s not properly acknowledged, typically grouped in with 3 other prospective buyers — proper-handers Tony Locey and RHP Jake Sommers, and infielder Mateo Gil — as aspect of the Arenado package.

The muscular Montero stands 6-foot-3, 230 lbs, but by baseball benchmarks, “he’s continue to a puppy dog,” according to Forbes. And even though Montero continue to has a great deal of tough edges as a corner infielder, his ceiling is sky-significant. In point, on July 29, he grabbed the No. 10 place on ESPN’s “Web Gems” for his barehanded scoop on a groundball towards third in a video game in opposition to the Binghampton Rumble Ponies.