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Miguel Montero | Catcher | #47

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (33) / 7/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / UDFA / ARZ
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Miguel Montero walked two but didn't allow a run in an inning of relief during Saturday's blowout loss to the Yankees.
Montero was the best pitcher the Cubs used Saturday, as the other three allowed a combined 11 runs and 14 hits. The 33-year-old backstop is now one of the best relief options in the Cubs' bullpen, in fact. Manager Joe Maddon will likely opt to keep him as the team's backup catcher instead. May 6 - 11:17 PM

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Miguel Montero said that he is not concerned about decreased at-bats due to the presence of fellow backstop Willson Contreras.

"I'm here to do my job, it's as simple as that. Whatever it is, I'm here to do my job," Montero said. Contreras was called up from the minors midseason a year ago and is expected to see the majority of starting at-bats this coming season. Manager Joe Maddon did not seem particularly concerned about Montero's mindset potentially turning negative due to the decreased playing time, saying, "Miggy' is fine and I think he's a very strong contributor. It's just that his role is going to shift right now, theoretically, in the beginning, but you never know."
Source: MLB.com
Feb 15 - 4:08 PM

Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning Saturday in the Cubs' win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Before this game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t concerned about Montero’s back, which has bothered him throughout the season. After watching Montero smack a game-winning grand slam into the stratosphere, neither are we. Holy cow. With the game tied at three in the eighth inning, Joe Blanton walked to load the bases for Aroldis Chapman. Montero pinch-hit for Chapman and instantly became a playoff legend. It was only the third pinch-hit grand slam in postseason history. Blanton’s implosion continued in the next at-bat when he allowed a solo shot to Dexter Fowler. The eighth-inning explosion gave Bill Murray’s favorite team a 1-0 series lead. They’ll need it with Clayton Kershaw going for the Dodgers on Sunday.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 11:55:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he isn't concerned about Miguel Montero's back.

Montero only started one game in the NLDS against San Francisco and has battled back issues throughout the season. He may not be 100 percent but it sounds like Montero will at least be available for the NLCS. David Ross is drawing the start in Game 1 with Jon Lester on the mound.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 05:46:00 PM

Miguel Montero ripped a walk-off home run in the 10th inning of Friday's win over the Brewers.

The Cubs were going to celebrate Friday regardless of the result of their game since they technically clinched the division with the Cardinals' loss Thursday, but it makes it sweeter coming after a win (and a walk-off victory, no less). Montero had one of two homers on the day for the Cubbies, as Albert Almora also went deep.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 05:51:00 PM

Miguel Montero went 2-for-4 with a home run in a loss to the Marlins on Saturday.

The homer, a solo dong, was Montero's fourth of the year. The 32-year-old has been the odd man out in recent days, as phenom Willson Contreras has commanded playing time with his hot hitting and veteran David Ross remains post-dish for Jon Lester starts. Contreras' presence will continue to cut into Montero's at-bats, even if the youngster is finding starts at other positions, and Montero's .207/.322/.347 line doesn't help, either.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 08:44:00 PM

Miguel Montero (knee) returned to the Cubs' lineup Saturday versus the Marlins.

Montero has been dealing with some soreness in his right knee since a play at home plate on Wednesday, but he's feeling good enough to catch John Lackey on Saturday. The hot-hitting Willson Contreras is starting in left field.
Sat, Jun 25, 2016 12:35:00 PM

Miguel Montero (knee) is out of the Cubs' lineup again Friday.

Montero is still dealing with some soreness in his right knee from a play at home plate on Wednesday. The Cubs don't want to push things, but he is available to pinch-hit. Willson Contreras will start behind the plate and bat cleanup Friday versus Miami.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 06:01:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that Miguel Montero (knee) checked out fine in his post-game examination.

Sigh of relief for the Cubs. Montero was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Cardinals after Brandon Moss slid into him on a play at the plate in the sixth inning. Willson Contreras took his place at catcher, but Montero's examination turned up no tangible damage to the right knee and Maddon said that he will be utilized as normal moving forward. Contreras taking over the position might have to wait a little longer.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 06:35:00 PM

Miguel Montero left Wednesday's game against the Cardinals with an apparent leg injury.

Brandon Moss slid into Montero's legs while scoring on a Yadier Molina grounder in the top of the sixth inning. Willson Contreras entered the game at catcher and could suddenly be thrust into an everyday-like role if Montero's injury is at all serious. Look for an update after the game.
Wed, Jun 22, 2016 04:10:00 PM

Miguel Montero is in the Cubs' starting lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.

He'll take a seat against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. David Ross will start behind the plate and catch John Lackey.
Tue, Jun 14, 2016 02:34:00 PM

Miguel Montero went 0-for-3 in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

His batting average was "up" to .227 after a good game Sunday, but with Tuesday's hitless performance Montero is now hitting .218/.347/.359 through 25 games. He remains the Cubs' primary backstop, but veteran David Ross, who is Jon Lester's personal catcher, has earned himself a few more starts with his .260/.360/.479 line this year. There's no indication that the team is contemplating a change, but it could become something closer to a platoon if Montero's offense continues to sag.
Tue, May 31, 2016 11:33:00 PM

Miguel Montero went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk against the Brewers on Thursday.

The triple was his first since 2012 and seventh in 3,422 career at-bats. Montero is hitting just .207, but he has walked 12 times in 18 games. Since his back seems to be holding up fine, the Cubs could shed third catcher Tim Federowicz soon.
Thu, May 19, 2016 04:58:00 PM

Cubs activated C Miguel Montero from the 15-day disabled list.

Montero missed nearly three weeks with a vaguely described back injury. He had two singles in 10 at-bats on a recent minor league rehab assignment, and the 32-year-old is hitting .208/.316/.333 in 13 major league games this season. Montero will bat eighth and catch Cubs ace Jake Arrieta in his return to action Saturday.
Sat, May 14, 2016 10:54:00 AM

Miguel Montero (back) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his rehab debut Tuesday with Triple-A Iowa.

The offensive results aren't really important given that Montero was able to catch six full innings with no apparent issues. He could be ready to go nine innings in his second rehab game and rejoin the Cubs by the end of the week. David Ross and Tim Federowicz have been filling in at catcher for first-place Chicago.
Tue, May 10, 2016 09:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Ian Happ
2Albert Almora
3Jon Jay
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
6Eddie Butler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Mike Montgomery
6Carl Edwards Jr.
7Brian Duensing
8Felix Pena