Rockies rookie Elehuris Montero packs power, needs seasoning


Rockies rookie Elehuris Montero is an aggressive hitter, there can be no denying that.

In the fourth inning of the Rockies’ 12-6 loss to Arizona on Sunday, he ambushed Zac Gallen’s first-pitch cutter, driving it into right-center field for a two-run double.

Considering how well Gallen has pitched this season, Montero’s aggressive plan of attack made sense. Gallen, after all, is 12-2 with a 2.50 ERA, and his 0.908 WHIP and 5.9 hits allowed per nine are the best in the National League.

“To do what he did against Gallen, arguably one of the best pitchers presently in the game, driving the ball to right-center on a cutter, is a good sign,” manager Bud Black said. “And it’s a positive that he can take (from that game).”

A number of Rockies players have made their big-league debuts this season, including first baseman/right fielder Michael Toglia and catcher Brian Serven. It’s Montero, however, who’s had the biggest impact. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 235 pounds, Montero is “country strong,” as Black put it.

Entering Tuesday night’s game in Chicago against the White Sox, Montero is hitting .257 (35-for-136) with five home runs, 14 doubles and 17 RBIs. He’s played in 41 games since his May 1 debut, starting 15 games at third base, 11 at first base and 10 as the designated hitter.

He remains a work in progress in the field, as a sloppy throwing error from third base in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game illustrated.


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