Colorado Rockies: Elehuris Montero proving that he belongs in the everyday lineup

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 3: Elehuris Montero #44 of the Colorado Rockies looks on during a game against the San Diego Padres August 3, 2022 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kyle Cooper/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 3: Elehuris Montero #44 of the Colorado Rockies looks on during a game against the San Diego Padres August 3, 2022 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kyle Cooper/Colorado Rockies/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Rockies have finally given Elehuris Montero some consistent playing time, as he has been in the starting lineup for the team in each of their last six games. While the club has gone 2-4 in those games, Montero has proven that he needs to continue to be in the lineup every day.

Elehuris Montero is showing he deserves to be an everyday player for the Rockies

In Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rockies corner infielder Elehuris Montero capped off what has been a great week for him. On Sunday, he went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI single, and a walk.

In six games (all starts) since being called up from Triple-A Albuquerque before Tuesday’s doubleheader in San Diego, he has had a phenomenal week. Montero, who is the Rockies’ #6 prospect according to MLB.com and Baseball America’s #99 prospect entering the second half of the 2022 season, went 9-for-21 (.429 average) with four doubles, one home run, and four RBI. It was also his first MLB home run and RBI.

Going forward, the Rockies will have to balance playing Montero and their other infielders in combination with the designated hitter spot. In his six games, Montero has played third base three times, first base twice, and DH once.

As a result, Ryan McMahon saw his first action at second base in 2022 on Thursday. McMahon himself had a great week, as he went 9-for-22 (.409 average) with two home runs, seven RBI, and three walks. He also has stolen seven bases on the season, all since July 2. He now leads the Rockies with that total.

Montero was the key piece in the Rockies trade with the St. Louis Cardinals for Nolan Arenado. After Colorado’s off day on Monday, Arenado and the Cardinals will face the Rockies in six of their next nine games with three at Coors Field on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week and the same at Busch Stadium next week.

It will be very interesting storyline to see if Montero and Arenado (who is a viable NL MVP candidate this year) can show their recent torrid paces at the plate for the Coors Field faithful, that may even be cheering both of them.

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