Player Spotlight: Pirates Catcher Kai Montaño

July 21, 2021

Scoutz Pirates field general swinging a red hot bat entering the season’s final weeks; Interview with Kai Montaño

West Palm Beach, FL. — Ballplayers have joined the CLPB from all over the country but not many have traveled farther for baseball this summer than Kai Montaño of the Scoutz Pirates.

The big-hitting catcher travels from Albuquerque, New Mexico for his college and summer ball. He has enjoyed the smooth transition across the country to follow his dream.  

“Since being in Florida, I’ve enjoyed being able to go to the beach. I really like the weather on the East Coast.”

The Marvel superfan just finished his freshman year at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina studying sports management. After redshirting in his first season, Montaño is determined to be an impact player next year. 

“My focus for this year is to be a starter and help us win a championship.”

With a year under his belt and full collegiate eligibility, Montaño highlights the progress he made in his first year with the Bears.

“I was able to improve my game and learn from the starters at Lenoir Rhyne. It was a humbling experience but super fun to start applying some new tools to my game that I learned and practiced last spring.”

Kai acknowledges his father as his biggest supporter and mentor growing up in a mask and catcher’s gear.

“The biggest person that I can thank for helping me read and succeed at the collegiate level is my dad. He provides me with a lot of support to help me get what I need to be successful.”

This is Kai’s first year in the CLPB playing with the Scoutz Pirates and it has been nothing short of incredible for him utilizing the Eric Cressey Baseball Training Facility. 

“I’ve really enjoyed being able to play so consistently and hit with Max [Rios] and Jean [Cancio] at Cressey.”

A monstrous .352 batting average and a league-leading 22 RBI’s, Montaño has been putting on a laser show this summer. He explains the important piece to his extensive success at the plate.

“I would say that the biggest key to success would be my mental approach at the plate. I’ve been really focusing on my approach this summer.”

With only two weeks left in the CLPB season, the Scoutz Pirates ballclub find themselves 3.5 games back of first place and 2 back of a playoff spot.

The Bucco’s look to break their 4-game skid this week and retake a playoff spot in the South Division!

To watch Kai Montaño and the Scoutz Pirates in action this summer from the CLPB, go to GKlive.tv to stream all the action!

We wish Kai and the Pirates the best of luck heading into the playoffs!