Luis Montanez: The number three overall selection by the Cubs in the
June 2000 draft, he agreed to a prearranged deal before the draft (bonus
of $2.75 million). He was able to then jump right into pro ball and the
potential to eventually be very productive offense force in the
In 2000, Montanez capped off a standout career at Coral
Park High School in Miami (FL). He finished with a .431 average, seven
home runs and 25 runs batted in during his senior year (33 games). He was
assigned to the Arizona League and continued to hit, ending his time there
with a .344 average, two home runs, 37 runs batted in, 16 doubles,
seven triples, 50 runs scored, 25 walks, and 42 strikeouts in 192 at-bats
(50 games), earning league MVP honors. The biggest negative was his 24
errors, but then that is almost the norm for players his age at that
position, but there is always the chance that Montanez could eventually
slide over to third base.
He only hit two homers, but at 6-foot and
165 pounds, you could project that number to increase as Montanez fills
out. He has a very nice swing and should be a regular hitting .300+ in
every league he plays in. In the field, Montanez has nice hands and a very
strong arm. With the only possible negative being that his range may
eventually come into question as he reaches the upper minors and majors.
If so, you could always slide him over to third base.
finished off the season at Low-A Lansing, batting .138 with one double in
29 at-bats. His late season slump could probably be attributed to just
wearing down from the long haul. Look for him back in Midwest League at
Lansing to open 2001.
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