This is a day or two old, but keeping with the theme:
“For a guy who has his type of bat, I have a lot of respect for how hard he has worked to improve [defensively] from last year,” [Phil] Hughes said after a 2-0 loss to the Pirates at McKechnie Field. […]
[David] Robertson’s eyes widened when asked about Montero, who went 0-for-3 and is 1-for-6 in two games.
“I first saw him when I signed here and it’s amazing how much better he has gotten,” Robertson said. “He sets up good, blocks balls in the dirt and stays down. He looks good.”
Arm strength has never been a negative with the 21-year-old Montero. Footwork, balance, weight shift and release have required work.
And there’s more, from Marc Carig:
“A lot better,” [Ivan] Nova said. “I see him more down (near) the plate, not too tall, staying low with the pitches, and calling a really good game.…