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The St. Catharine College Patriot baseball program continues to reach into the west coast and nab quality juco transfers, as the Pats picked up another commit from Southwestern College in San Diego, Calif. The 6-1, 250 pound corner infielder Hector Montes has signed his official letter of intent to play for St. Catharine next year.
“We are very excited to sign Montes,” stated Patriot assistant Terry Davis. “He brings much needed presence to the middle of our lineup. He can play third, first and DH. He’s a big boy and has the ability to drive the ball to all fields and is very athletic for his size. He may even pitch a little for us. He was a closer in high school - touching low 90s.”
Montes led the Jaguars with a .376 average. He had 50 hits, 10 doubles and three round-trippers. Montes knocked in 27 runs and scored 20, while earning 27 free passes. He even swiped three bags. Coming out of high school, Hector was a 47th-round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2010 MLB draft.
He joins fellow Jags Victor Serna and Agustin Lopez, who both signed earlier in the spring. He also follows Southwestern alums Francisco Gonzalez and Juan Moriel, who both wore the Patriot uniform.
Both Montes and Lopez were named 1st Team All Pacific Coast Conference this year.