DENVER -- In previous big league stops, Miguel Olivo has shown prowess from the catcher position. Rockies fans are now getting a taste.
Olivo has been dynamite at the plate and behind it, solidifying himself as the club's everyday catcher. In 18 games at Coors Field, he is hitting .455 (30-for-66) with six home runs and 20 RBIs.
"Was he better than he was when he first showed up to us? There's no question," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "A lot of people deserve credit for this in the organization, but a lot of credit has to go to the individual you're talking about, because you can get all the information in the world -- and we're here to give it to him -- but unless you're going to go out and apply it, it becomes useless."
Olivo has caught 13 attempted basestealers, best in the National League. But what has impressed most has been Olivo's speed on the bases. He has tripled in the last two games and has four stolen bases this season.
"I've been playing in the league for a couple years and have been trying to show my speed every day," Olivo said. "I know I can run.
"When I played in Chicago and Florida, people realized I had some speed. When I need to use it, I use it."