Montero, Slaten, Choate Join Club

Managing Editor
Posted Sep 1, 2006


With the Tucson Sidewinders in the Pacific Coast League playoffs, the D'Backs elected to expand their rosters in two waves, the first starting today with three prospects poised to help the Diamondbacks right now.

A source inside the Diamondbacks confirmed late Thursday that the three players who will make up the 'first wave' of call ups as rosters expand to 40 players this month are catcher Miguel Montero, and a pair of lefty relievers, Randy Choate and Doug Slaten.

Montero, ranked the #3 catcher in all of the minors by Scout.com, has had a fantastic year, starting at Double-A Tennessee and continuing after his mid July promotion to Triple-A.  As the number one catching prospect in the organization, and after he blossomed in Triple-A, it was no surprise that he was tabbed as one of the first to head north, or more to the point East, where he will join the club in Washington as the D'Backs prepare for a crucial three game set with the struggling Nationals, and then three against the young Florida Marlins

Montero '06

At Bats

Batting Average

Home Runs

RBI

Double-A Tennessee

289

.270

10

46

Triple-A Tucson

134

.321

7

29

Like Montero, Slaten started the season at Double-A Tennessee, and mid-July also moved up to Tennessee.  Though he has not gotten as much publicity as Montero, Slaten is the top lefty relief prospect in the organization, effective against both righties and lefties.  But it was likely his startling .069 batting average against lefties that got him the immediate nod, as the D'Backs bullpen has gone through a string of either ineffective, or absent, left handed relievers all season.

Slaten '06

W-L-S

Average Against (Righties/Lefties)

IP

ERA

HR Allowed

K/BB

Double-A Tennessee

2-3-8

.210/.208

43.0

1.88

1

59/15

Triple-A Tucson

2-1-2

.216/.069

20.0

0.45

0

21/7

One of whom has been Randy Choate.  Choate, who has been up and down between the bigs and Triple-A for most of the last five years, has been as frustrating as any player in the D'Backs organization.  The side-arming lefty has been incredible this season in Tucson, winning six games, and saving eight, without a loss, but in 21 appearances with the D'Backs this season he's allowed 20 baserunners (15 hits, three walks, two hit batsmen) and seven runs (five earned) in 9.2 innings pitched.

Choate '06

W-L-S

Average Against (Righties/Lefties)

IP

ERA

HR Allowed

K/BB

Triple-A

6-0-8

.250/.190

45.2

2.17

0

44/10

Diamondbacks

0-0-0

.727/.388

9.2

3.00

0

8/3



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