Modeling mechanics after Kubel helps Montero

Modeling mechanics after Kubel helps Montero

Modeling mechanics after Kubel helps Montero
PHOENIX -- Jason Kubel has made a big difference for the D-backs with his play on the field, but his mechanics at the plate appear to have helped catcher Miguel Montero take off offensively.

While Montero's numbers early in the season were respectable, particularly for a catcher, he maintained that he did not feel good at the plate.

"I couldn't find it," Montero said.

It was suggested by the coaching staff that he look at the amount of weight that Kubel keeps on his back foot when starting his swing. That was something that Montero had done for his whole career, but he had lost a little bit of it this year and was "drifting" forward.

"He loads pretty good with his back foot," Montero said of Kubel. "When they mentioned it, it kind of made sense, so in the cage, I started loading and I felt a little more weight on my back foot, and that made my hands a little more free. That's when I started hitting the ball better."

Since making the adjustment during the last homestand, Montero has hit .410 with four homers and 14 RBIs. His discipline at the plate has improved as well as he's drawn nine walks and fanned just four times.

"I'm not swinging at many bad pitches," Montero said. "And I'm getting in a good count to hit, too."