Former MLB Player Coco Montes Joins Japanese Baseball Team

Former MLB Player Coco Montes Joins Japanese Baseball Team

Coco Montes Heads to Japan to Chase Baseball Dreams

Coco Montes, a 27-year-old former Major League Baseball (MLB) infielder, is taking his talents overseas. After a standout season with the Colorado Rockies’ Triple-A team, he is signing with a team in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) league. Though sources haven’t fully confirmed it yet, it is believed that Montes will join the Saitama Seibu Lions.

A Stellar Triple-A Season

Montes has been a strong performer in the minor leagues. This season with the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Rockies’ Triple-A team, he hit an impressive .335. He also had a .414 on-base percentage and a .551 slugging percentage over 64 games. He tallied 85 hits, 16 doubles, six triples, nine home runs, and 47 RBIs.

In 2023, he played 107 games for Albuquerque, hitting .317 with 26 doubles, five triples, 22 home runs, and 89 RBIs. Despite his success in the minors, Montes only played 18 games for the Rockies, hitting .184 with two doubles and a home run.

Career Beginnings and Versatility

Montes started his professional career in 2021 with the Hartford Yard Goats, the Rockies’ Double-A team. There, he batted .258 with 13 home runs. His ability to play both first base and outfield, along with his consistent hitting, made him a valuable player in the minor leagues.

A New Chapter in Japan

Joining the NPB is a big step for Montes. The NPB is known for its high level of competition, and many former MLB players have succeeded there. Montes hopes to make a big impact and show off his talents on an international stage.

Throughout his minor league career, Montes has maintained a .288 batting average, with 154 doubles, 24 triples, and 85 home runs over 614 games. He has a solid .361 on-base percentage and a .482 slugging percentage.

Future Prospects

Even though Montes has had limited opportunities in the MLB, he has shown potential. Playing in the NPB gives him a fresh chance to prove himself and possibly make a return to the MLB.

As Montes begins this new chapter, fans and scouts will be watching closely to see how he performs in Japan. His journey highlights the challenges many talented players face in securing a stable position in the MLB and shows the global nature of professional baseball, where new opportunities can appear in unexpected places.

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