5/21/2013 9:12 P.M. ET
Montero hoping worst of slump is in past
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
DENVER -- Miguel Montero is on a roll.
OK, that might be a stretch, but given how much the D-backs catcher has struggled at the plate this year, he was downright giddy to have two hits in Monday night's series opener against the Rockies.
"It was a good feeling," Montero said. "I forgot what it was like to have two hits. I know it's going to come at some point. Obviously, as a hitter you want everything in one day, but you know it's not going to happen, you know it's going to take time."
May 6 was the last time that Montero had more than one hit in a game, and he entered Tuesday night's game hitting .188.
Digging out of the hole is going to take some time and Montero is aware of that.
"It takes a lot of hits," Montero said. "Even if you go 5-for-5 you're not going to raise your average that much. You've just got to take one at-bat at a time and have a good game today, a good game tomorrow and try to do that consistently."
The struggles at the plate, though, have not taken away from his work behind the plate.
"He's one of the best," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said of Montero's ability to block pitches in the dirt. "This whole season he's battled his tail off."
Gonzalez, Hemond to rep D-backs at Draft
DENVER -- Luis Gonzalez and Roland Hemond will once again represent the D-backs at next month's 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
"It has been an honor to represent the Arizona Diamondbacks alongside former Major Leaguer and D-backs player Luis Gonzalez at the MLB First-Year Player Draft in recent years," said Hemond in an email. "The Draft has gained a great deal of national and international attention since its broadcast on MLB Network. It's always a special moment when we announce our first-round selection."
The 2013 First-Year Player Draft will take place on June 6-8, beginning with the Draft preview show on MLB.com and MLB Network on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m. ET. Live Draft coverage from MLB Network's Studio 42 begins at 7 p.m., with the top 73 picks being streamed on MLB.com and broadcast on MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 7, beginning with a preview show at 12:30 p.m., and Rounds 11-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 8, starting at 1 p.m.
MLB.com's coverage includes Draft Central, the Top 100 Draft Prospects list and Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of Draft-eligible players. You can also keep up to date by following @MLBDraft on Twitter. And get into the Draft conversation by tagging your tweets with #mlbdraft.
The D-backs have the 15th pick in the first round and also hold a pick (No. 36 overall) in the newly-created Competitive Balance Round.
• The D-backs have talked about starting Ian Kennedy and Trevor Cahill in Monday's day-night doubleheader against the Rangers at Chase Field.
"It could change," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.
With an off-day Thursday and another one next Tuesday, the team would not need to add a sixth starter to the rotation for the doubleheader. The D-backs can add a 26th player to their roster for the doubleheader and will likely call up someone who can pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen.
The 26th player must be sent back to the Minors following the second game.
• The 97 pitches Patrick Corbin threw in dispatching the Rockies on Monday night were the fewest in a 10-strikeout complete game since the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter accomplished the feat June 14, 2005.
• Double-A Mobile right-hander Archie Bradley was named Southern League Pitcher of the Week, going 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. Mobile first baseman Nick Evans was named Southern League Hitter of the Week for hitting .455 with four homers.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.