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50 Rafael Montero SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/170 | Birthdate: 10/17/1990 | Birthplace: Higuerito, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 10/0 | Average Draft Position: 304.38
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Rafael Montero to open year in Triple-A rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) The Mets announced Tuesday pitcher Rafael Montero, who was competing for a spot in the team's rotation, was reassigned to minor-league camp. Mets manager Terry Collins discussed over the weekend about keeping Montero as a reliever, but he will now open the year in the rotation at Triple-A Las Vegas, per MLB.com.

Rafael Montero having productive spring campaign


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero, who is considered a dark-horse candidate for the final spot in the team's rotation, had another strong outing Tuesday against the Cardinals. Montero pitched in relief of Jonathon Niese, allowing one run on one hit and one walk in two innings, while striking out one.

Montero has allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings this spring (1.50 ERA). He has allowed just two hits and one walk, while striking out four.


Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom impress in spring debuts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Mets pitchers Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom each pitched two perfect innings in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Nationals, with Montero striking out two and deGrom striking out four.

"I only threw two offspeed pitches," deGrom told MLB.com after the game. "I was locating my fastball really well. That was the biggest key to those two innings to me."

Looking to win a rotation spot this spring, deGrom made a quick rise through the minors last season, going 7-7 with a 4.51 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 120:46 K:BB ratio in 147 2/3 innings across three levels.

Montero will likely be a midseason callup for the Mets but could break camp with the team if he impresses this spring. He went 12-7 with a 2.78 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 150:35 K:BB ratio in 155 1/3 innings between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas last season.


Rafael Montero likely to be a midseason callup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) While Mets starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero has his sights set on winning a spot in the rotation this spring, pitching coach Dan Warthen told The Star-Ledger the more likely scenario is Montero joining the rotation in the middle of the season.

"A guy that we look to see in the big leagues very soon," Warthen said.

Montero has developed into one of the team's top pitching prospects, but he is mostly a fastball-slider pitcher and has some areas he needs to improve before joining the major-league rotation.

"He’s moved up so quickly," Triple-A Las Vegas pitching coach Frank Viola said. "He just needs to learn a little bit more consistency out of his breaking ball and his changeup. He’s opened up so many eyes and I think he’s going to get better and better."


Rafael Montero has sights set on winning rotation spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2014) Mets prospect Rafael Montero has his sights set on winning the final spot in the team's rotation this spring.

"The goal is to go and make the team," Montero told The Star-Ledger. "But I don’t control that. (General manager) Sandy Alderson and (manager) Terry Collins control that. I’ll go wherever they send me, to Triple-A or the majors, without a problem."

There's some concern long-term that Montero might not have the frame (6-0, 170 pounds) to handle a starter's workload in the majors. However, he's become one of the team's top pitching prospects, and the Mets seem to think he can develop into a regular in the rotation.

"I think he can handle (being a starter)," Mets' director of Latin American operations Juan Henderson said. "He’s got the build and a few good pitches, plus he’s a strike thrower. I think he can handle it. And he’s got a big heart. He’s a competitor."


Mets trying to add veteran to vie for final spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told MLB.com he would like to sign a veteran pitcher to a minor-league deal, with the intent of pitting him against Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom in the competition for the final spot in the team's rotation.

Bartolo Colon, Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler are expected to fill out the first four spots in the team's rotation.


Mets line up candidates to start Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) As of Monday morning, the Mets still haven't chosen a starter for Friday's game against the Tigers. Manager Terry Collins said it likely won't be Matt Harvey, who will receive extra rest and pitch Saturday.

Collins did list Carlos Torres and the entire Triple-A rotation sans prospect Rafael Montero as candidates to start Friday. Besides Torres, the Mets are considering Jacob deGrom, Giancarlo Alvarado, Matt Fox and Chris Schwinden, according to The Star-Ledger.


Rafael Montero settles into rhythm at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Mets starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero won for the third time in four starts for Triple-A Las Vegas Saturday. Montero allowed one run for the second straight start, while at least going seven innings.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA and .120 opponents' batting average in two August starts. He's now 4-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 12 starts for Las Vegas after having some trouble following his promotion from Double-A.

"At times, you'll see guys shy away from the strike zone a little bit because we're here in Vegas," Las Vegas manager Wally Backman said, per MLB.com. "And really just seeing him grow over the course of the time we've had him, the kid just attacks the strike zone now and he's really good when he does it. At 22 years old, to be able to locate his fastball and throw his secondary stuff for strikes when he has to is pretty impressive."

As far as a promotion to the majors in 2013, it seems unlikely, according to ESPN. Montero is at 131 2/3 innings this season after tossing 122 innings in 2012. The Mets are likely to allow Montero to throw another 20-30 innings before being shut down, ESPN reports.


Rafael Montero unlikely to be promoted for doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson seems hesitant to promote starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero for Friday's doubleheader against the Nationals. 

"[He] was in the conversation, [but] he doesn’t have to be put on the roster until 2015," Alderson said. "He hasn’t pitched exceptionally well at Las Vegas the last two or three times out."


Mets not 'ignoring' Rafael Montero


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday the team isn't "ignoring" starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero, who isn't on the 40-man roster, as an option for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Nationals, according to The Bergen Record. Montero has gone 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in eight starts since being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas.

PCL has been unkind to Rafael Montero


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2013) Mets starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero, who threw a scoreless inning during Sunday's All-Star Futures Game, has seen his numbers take a turn for the worse since being promoted from Double-A Binghamton to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero is 1-2 with a 4.36 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in seven starts for Las Vegas.

Montero has been hit hard since his promotion. After allowing 51 hits in 66 2/3 innings and posting a .204 opponents' batting average with Binghamton, the right-hander has allowed 40 hits in 33 innings and has a .303 opponents' batting average with Las Vegas.

His strikeout-to-walk ratio also has gotten worse since leaving Binghamton. Montero had 72 strikeouts to 10 walks in 11 starts at Double-A and now has 29 strikeouts to 10 walks in seven starts at Triple-A.


Mets promote prospect Rafael Montero to Triple-A


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2013) The Mets have promoted highly touted prospect Rafael Montero to Triple-A, ESPN New York reports. Montero owns a brilliant 2.45 ERA and 77:11 K:BB over 12 starts (73 1/33 innings). The 22-year-old ranked as the Mets' fifth-best prospect according to Baseball America heading into the year, and his brilliant start has done nothing but raise his stock.

Rafael Montero on radar for promotion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2013) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said during a television interview Tuesday starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero is on the radar as a player who could get promoted to the majors this season, according to the New York Post.

Montero, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas from Double-A Binghamton, is 4-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in nine starts. He also has struck out 59 batters and walked just seven in 53 1/3 innings.


Mets' prospect on the move to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2013) Mets starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero has been promoted from Double-A Binghamton to Triple-A Las Vegas, according to ESPN. Montero was 4-3 with a 3.47 ERA and .223 opponents' batting average in eight starts.

Montero also struck out 54 batters and walked just six in 46 2/3 innings.


Rafael Montero pitching well even in losses


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2013) Mets pitching prospect Rafael Montero took his first loss in his last start for Double-A Binghamton, but the right-hander still had a strong performance. Montero allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings, while tying a season-high with eight strikeouts.

Montero is tied for second in the Eastern League with 35 strikeouts. He's also 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA and .188 opponents' batting average in five starts. Montero has walked just three batters and allowed one home run in 27 2/3 innings.


Rafael Montero emerging among Mets' prospects


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2013) Mets minor-league pitcher Rafael Montero isn't labeled among the team's top-five prospects by MLB.com, but the young right-hander is certainly performing like one. Montero, who ranks No. 8 overall on the organization's prospect list behind other pitchers Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia, has shined during the early part of the season with Double-A Binghamton.

With a fastball that can reach the upper-90s and spins with plenty of movement, Montero has racked up an Eastern League-leading 27 strikeouts to just one walk over 22 2/3 innings in his first four starts. The 22-year-old, who was signed as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic before the 2011 season, also owns a 3-0 record and tidy 1.59 ERA.


Rafael Montero looking to make change


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2013) Mets pitching prospect Rafael Montero gave up four hits, three of them singles, over 4 2/3 scoreless innings of a 3-1 victory over Washington in Grapefruit League play Saturday. Montero, who will start the season in the minor leagues, struck out three and walked one during his third exhibition outing.

"I saw much better velocity than I saw early, better command of his breaking balls than I did early," manager Terry Collins said. "I hope he really continues to work hard with his changeup. He's got an outstanding change in the making."


Mets start trimming roster


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2013) The New York Mets made their first round of cuts during spring training Saturday and assigned the following players to their minor-league camp: pitchers Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni and catcher Juan Centeno.

Montero makes spring debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2013) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero made his first start of the spring Thursday against the Nationals, allowing just one run in two innings of work. He allowed three hits and threw 41 pitches, in a 4-4 tie. Montero has been tabbed by the Mets’ management as one of their top pitching prospects, with vice president of player development Paul DePodesta telling MLB.com he thinks Montero could be a big pitcher down the line.

Montero moving quickly


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2013) MLB.com reports Mets vice president of player development and amateur scouting Paul DePodesta considers right-handers Rafael Montero and Domingo Tapia to be under-the-radar prospects. "These guys have a chance to be really good," DePodesta said. "Montero's come around quickly. We signed him in January 2011 in the Dominican, and he's coming to major league camp. He's come through six levels already and hasn't missed a beat in any of them. Tapia's a bigger arm. He's touched 100 [mph] on occasion. He usually tops out at 97-98, with good command, good sinker, good changeup."