As a youngster in his native Venezuela, Miguel Montero received instruction on fielding grounders from 11-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel.
"I remember him telling us to keep our hands soft," Montero recalled of the clinic. "Keep your glove loose and catch the ball without effort."
Montero remembered those tips as he switched from the infield to catcher before joining the Diamondbacks organization in 2002. His development as a catcher has been enhanced by his ability to frame pitches — thanks in part to applying the knowledge Vizquel gave him.
That art isn't wasn't lost on the Cubs, who acquired Montero and the three years and $40...