Years ago in Venezuela, a young Miguel Montero, seemed destined to become a catcher. "I didn't have the body to be a shortstop or outfielder, so that that was the only way I could go," he said.

He chose the right path.

Montero, having a breakout year with the Diamondbacks, has evolved into one of the major league's top catchers. Not only is he firmly beginning to grasp all of the nuances that go with the position, he has matured as a player and is one of the leaders on a team that has been the surprise of baseball.

Montero, who recently had an 18-game hitting streak, is having the best all-around year of any catcher in the National League. He leads in RBIs, hits, extra-base hits, runs, plate appearances, total bases and innings caught and is hitting a second-best .281 He has thrown out almost 36 percent of runners trying to steal, best in the majors among starters.