- Full name Daniel Eduardo Montano
- Born 03/31/1999 in Maracay, Venezuela
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 204 / Bats: L / Throws: R
Organization Prospect Rankings
Track Record: A 16-year-old Montano received the largest international bonus ever given by the Rockies when he signed in 2015: $2 million. He spent two years in the Dominican Summer League, then came to the U.S. in 2018 to play at Rookie-level Grand Junction, where he hit .279 in 62 games.
Scouting Report: The Rockies initially felt Montano would wind up in left field, but he responded well to center field in the Pioneer League. With instruction, he showed an above-average arm and will get stronger as he began to physically mature. Montano gets a good read on the ball off the bat. He has a quick bat and--for his age--a good feel for the strike zone. He forces pitchers to come to him instead of chasing pitches out of the zone. He has the speed to steal bases, but he's learning his jumps and reads.
The Future: Montano has matured on the field to the point he well could find himself in center field, and he has the range to cover the vast territory at Coors Field. He most likely will hit at the top of the lineup or could fit into the seventh slot, where his speed could force pitchers to be more aggressive to the hitter behind him.
Montano established himself as one of Venezuela's top teenaged prospects when he hit .375/.483/.542 at the 15U World Cup in 2014. The Rockies signed him for $2 million in 2015, which was the largest bonus the franchise has given to an international amateur. Montano spent his first two seasons in the Dominican Summer League, in part because the Rockies don't field a Rookie-level Arizona League team, and made noticeable improvements in his second season. Montano features a compact, easy stroke from the left side, a disciplined approach and an advanced pitch recognition for his age. He currently has gap power but projects for possible average power as he fills out. Montano has played center field and right field in his two years in the DSL, but most likely will wind up in left field. He tracks the ball well and gets a good break, but as his physically matures will lose a step or two. He has slightly below average arm strength. Montano will come to the U.S. in 2018, most likely debuting at Rookie-level Grand Junction.