How did he get here?: Free agent, 2008
Stats: 6'0" 170 lbs, Bats: Right. Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2011: 19
Career (before 2010)
Monzon spent his first professional season in the Dominican Summer League, generally faring poorly, and posting a .586 OPS in 50 games. Coming to the States, he played in fewer games (35, as opposed to 50 in 2009), but saw his OPS increase by 119 points - no small jump.
In 2009, Monzon also stole 14 of 18 bases (77.8%). That dropped sharply in 2010 (9 of 14 - 64.3%). He spent all of his time in the field out in CF, committing three errors, and getting two outfield assists.
What went right?
July and the beginning of August. Monzon opened the season 2x26, and when you're only talking about 146 PAs, that's going to hurt the old average. He hit .272/.352/.395 in July, and was hitting .381/.458/.476 in six games in August before playing his last game on August 7.
He was the Astros GCLer of the Month in July.
What went wrong?
We don't exactly know what happened to Monzon, and why he stopped playing on August 7. There's nothing in the August transactions page to indicate that he was released, injured, or placed on the temporarily inactive list.
Monzon hit far better at home than he did on the road. Home: .279/.380/.443. Away: .224/.297/.299. That's the difference in 227 OPS points.
Given his age, I imagine Monzon will be in Greeneville next year, especially after how strong he came on after getting those first brutal 26 ABs out of the way.