I’m an outspoken advocate for talented triple crown winning left fielders over players that have had trouble hitting at the Major League Level.

There’s no hiding it, I’m a Lou Montanez fan over Felix Pie. While I trust Dave Trembley and Andy MacPhail I think that they are really overlooking their future left fielder.

Images Courtesy of the Baltimore Sun

Images Courtesy of the Baltimore Sun

Prior to last night’s performance, Pie was looking shaky at the plate. Now after a 3 for 4 perfomance against the Rangers he’s hitting .278 with a homerun.

With the Norfolk Tides Lou Montanez came screaming out of the gate, hitting .588 in his first four games.

Understand that the level of play is certainly different, but the numbers for Montanez are astounding. If you’re wondering what Sweet Lou can do in the bigs, just look at his 38 games and 112 at bats from 2008. Montanez finished the year with a .295 batting average, 3 homeruns, and 14 RBIs. The guy can hit.

No doubt, his defense started a little shaky. But with a little experience in left he was fielding just as well as Pie has thus far.

So why isn’t Lou in the majors over Felix?

It’s not petty personal differences between Montanez and Trembley or a great front office conspiracy. I think the O’s want to see what Pie can do in 100 or so at bats.

Pie is a 25 year old former number one prospect from the Chicago Cubs organization. Montanez is a 27 year old former number one prospect from the Chicago Cubs organization.

If Felix can hit at a big league level, just as he did last night, he’s got the edge on Lou. But don’t think he isn’t on a short leash here in Baltimore. The race for left field is a great thing to have in Baltimore, two guys competing for one roster spot can only result in great play.