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50 Rafael Montero SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/186 | Birthdate: 10/17/1990 | Birthplace: Higuerito, Banica, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 10/1 | Average Draft Position: 289.84
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Rafael Montero demoted to Las Vegas


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) The Mets have disaptched rookie right hander Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Jacob deGrom.

Montero struggled to find consistency in the rotation. He managed three quality starts, but was pounded for 13 runs in 13 innings in his other three starts combined.


Rafael Montero still in search of first win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Mets rookie starting pitcher Rafael Montero had one of the best starts of his young MLB career Sunday against the Cubs. However, he walked away with a no-decision as he got little run support in a 2-1 win for Chicago.

Montero allowed just one run on five hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings. The only run he gave up was on a two-out single to Luis Valbuena in the fourth inning. He finished with six strikeouts.

He was on the hook for the loss until New York tied the game in the eighth inning. Chicago won the game with a solo home run from Starlin Castro in the ninth.

Montero is winless in his first six MLB starts. He's allowed one run twice. As of now, Montero's next start is lined up for for Saturday against the Dodgers. However, he could be skipped due to Thursday's off-day or bumped from the rotation with Jacob deGrom close to coming off the disabled list.


Homers sink Rafael Montero Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero had a tough time with the long ball Tuesday.

Montero allowed five runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked two. The Nationals were able to strike early, picking up a two-run homer from Bryce Harper in the second inning. Montero was able to settle in for a couple innings at that point, but again fell into trouble in the sixth inning. Anthony Rendon hit a solo shot to lead off the inning. After an Adam LaRoche walk, Montero gave up a two-run shot to Ian Desmond. He was pulled before recording an out during the inning.

With the loss, Montero dropped to 0-3 on the year. His next start will come against the Cubs. 


Rafael Montero worth monitoring


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/11/2014) Granted, Rafael Montero's first stint in the big leagues didn't go so well, and he may end up being just a temporary replacement for Jacob deGrom, who went on the DL Monday with rotator cuff tendinitis. But he still has the kind of talent that could translate to immediate Fantasy results, especially with his recent turnaround at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Las Vegas -- or anywhere in the Pacific Coast League, really -- is an especially difficult place to pitch. Though Montero has fared better than most young pitchers there, compiling a 3.28 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 15 starts, the way he's done it isn't anyone's idea of progress. His stellar control put him on the map as a prospect, but instead of attacking hitters in the hitter-friendly environment, he's pitched around them, issuing 3.9 walks per nine innings. And it continued in his first stint in the majors, when he issued 5.0 walks per nine innings.

Over his last seven starts, though, he's issued 2.7 walks per nine innings, and the result was a 2.10 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings. He allowed just one hit over eight innings in his last start, striking out 11 and walking two.

He may have very well righted himself. I'm not rushing to pick him up just yet, but I'm keeping a close eye on Montero in his return Tuesday.


Rafael Montero to temporarily replace Jacob deGrom in rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) With Jacob deGrom on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis, the Mets pitcher Rafael Montero will be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas and make at least two starts, according to ESPN. His first start will come Tuesday at home against the Nationals, followed by Sunday against the Cubs at Citi Field.

Montero posted a 5.40 ERA and owned a 17:11 K:BB ratio in four big-league starts (20 innings) in May.

Report on Rafael Montero start refuted by Terry Collins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) Fuel to the speculation fire has been provided by ESPN, which is claiming through a source that right-hander Rafael Montero is set to start Tuesday for the Mets in place of the injured Jacob deGrom. The team, however, would not announce that decision until deGrom's sore shoulder is examined Monday.

Terry Collins said, however, that Montero would not be promoted if deGrom avoids the disabled list. The Mets would give that start to a pitcher on their current staff instead.


Carlos Torres, Mets prospects in play for Tuesday start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) With Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom scratched from his next start due to shoulder soreness, the team has to decide who will start Tuesday against the Nationals.

Assistant general manager John Ricco said Sunday it's unknown how much time deGrom will miss and that is impacting the team's decision on who starts Tuesday.

If doctors determined deGrom will miss just one start, then Carlos Torres will likely start Tuesday. If deGrom needs a stint on the disabled list, then pitching prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero could be options to join the rotation. 

"The first thing we've got to see is if this is a one-start thing or more than that," Ricco said, per ESPN.


Mets frustrated with Rafael Montero's approach


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2014) The Mets grew frustrated with pitcher Rafael Montero 's approach in the majors, according to the New York Daily News.

Montero was known for his strong command in the minors, but that didn't come out in his brief major-league stint. Some team officials were disappointed he tried to nibble on the corners, which led to his demotion. "We’re trying to figure out what the hell that was all about," one Mets person said. "We were shocked."

Montero posted a 5.40 ERA over 20 innings in the majors prior to his demotion.


Rafael Montero diagnosed with left oblique strain


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) The Mets announced Sunday starting pitcher Rafael Montero left his start Saturday for Triple-A Las Vegas due to a left oblique strain.

Rafael Montero leaves start with injury


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Mets pitching prospect Rafael Montero left Saturday's start for Triple-A Las Vegas with an injury to his left side, reports ESPN. He's 4-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 11 starts at Triple A, with 49 strikeouts in 50 1/3 innings.

Montero, who had to leave Saturday's game after five pitches, went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in four major-league starts earlier this year.


Mets send Rafael Montero to minors


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) The move of Daisuke Matsuzaka to the starting rotation has doomed Friday starter Rafael Montero to a demotion from the Mets to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero gave up three earned runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in Philadelphia. The overuse of the bullpen in that game motivated the promotion of Buddy Carlyle, which in turn pushed Montero back to the minors.


Rafael Montero chased in fourth inning in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2014) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero remains winless in his major-league career, as the Mets fell 6-5 to the Phillies in extra innings Friday.

Montero put a lot of stress on the bullpen in the game, as he couldn't make it through the fourth inning. He was tagged for four runs -- three earned -- in 3 2/3 innings, on seven hits. He also walked two batters without striking one out on 80 pitches, but settled for a no-decision as the game went into extras.

Montero has failed to live up to expectations since getting the call from the minors. He is 0-2 in 20 innings of work, with 11 walks and 17 strikeouts. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Cubs. 


Rafael Montero strikes out 10 in no-decision Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero pitched a gem Sunday but didn't factor into the decision, giving up one earned run on just two hits and three walks in six innings while striking out 10 in his team's 2-1 loss to the Diamondbacks.

Montero was much better than his performance in his first two starts (both losses), but a home run surrendered to the second batter of the game wound up keeping him from having a chance at a win. He owns a 4.96 ERA and 17:9 K:BB ratio in 16 1/3 innings. Montero is scheduled to face the Phillies Friday.


Rafael Montero hit hard in second start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2014) Mets starter pitcher Rafael Montero struggled through his second career start Tuesday, in a 9-4 loss to the Mets.

Montero allowed just one run in the first four innings of his outing, before Dodgers chased in an early exit in the fifth inning. He was charged with five runs on seven hits and four walks, while striking out four batters in 4 1/3 innings of work.

Montero has struggled in his first two major-league starts, allowing eight runs in 10 1/3 innings. He will likely get one more chance to prove himself before the team needs to make a decision on Dillon Gee's rotation spot. Montero is set to make his next start Sunday against the Diamondbacks.


Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero pitching for one spot


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2014) Though both pitched well in their major-league debuts this week, the Mets will only be able to keep one of their rookies in the rotation long term.

Manager Terry Collins told MLB.com Friday only one of Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom will keep his job when Dillon Gee is able to return from the disabled list. That is expected to come May 26, so both pitchers will be fighting for a job in their next few turns in the rotation. 


Rafael Montero worth the investment in deep leagues


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2014) Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero didn't have the lights out MLB debut many of us were hoping for, but he still put in a pretty good effort Wednesday against a good offensive team in the Yankees.

Perhaps the most disappointing stat was the two home runs he allowed in six innings. He allowed all of 19 home runs over 390 innings in the minors. Though, I'm not overly concerned about that after one start. If he continues to give up home runs, then it will be time to worry.

But nothing really surprised me watching Montero pitch Wednesday. He threw strikes and kept the ball low in the strike zone. He also didn't have a problem throwing inside fastballs, which was a reputation he built in the minors. 

Montero only recorded three strikeouts Wednesday, but in his defense the Yankees did a great job fighting off pitches. The Yankees fouled off 39.7 percent of the strikes Montero threw, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

I still believe Montero is a good investment in deep mixed leagues as a back-of-the-rotation arm. Montero has debuted on my starting pitcher rankings at No. 81.


Rafael Montero hurt by longball in debut


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero held his own in his major-league debut Wednesday, a 4-0 loss to the Yankees.

Montero tossed a quality start in his first time out, though he struggled keeping the ball down. He gave up five hits in six innings of work, four of them going for extra bases en route to three earned runs. He struck out three batters and walked just one, while throwing 68 of 108 pitches for strikes.  

Montero took the loss as the Mets' offense provided little support in his debut. He will hope for better things in his next start, set for Tuesday against the Dodgers. 


Rafael Montero could surprise people


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/12/2014) So the Mets are calling up Rafael Montero to start Wednesday's game against the Yankees, which of course has Fantasy owners racing to see what he was doing at Triple-A.

It's even better than it looks.

Not that there's anything wrong with a 3.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP or 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings, but keep in mind he achieved those numbers despite pitching at Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League, one of the most hitter-friendly leagues in the minors. Zack Wheeler had a 3.93 ERA in the Pacific Coast League before his promotion last year. Shelby Miller had a 4.74 ERA before his promotion in 2012. James Paxton had a 4.45 ERA in his final stint there, and Tyler Thornburg had a 5.79 ERA.

In terms of pure upside, Montero is probably closer to Paxton and Thornburg than Wheeler and Miller, but one advantage he has over Wheeler and Miller is command. Again, he didn't show it in his latest stint because pitching in the PCL discourages pitchers from pitching to contact, but over four minor-league seasons, he has issued just 2.0 walks per nine innings.

Already 23, he could be an instant success at the big-league level, yet he won't generate near the buzz Noah Syndergaard will when he gets the call later this year. If you have a roster spot to play with, you might still have a shot at him in your league.


Rafael Montero making big-league debut on big stage


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Mets prospect Rafael Montero will make his major-league debut Wednesday against the Yankees in the Subway Series. "We understand it's a debut on a big stage," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We think he's ready now."

Montero is the No. 2 prospect in the Mets' system.


Rafael Montero to start Wednesday versus Yanks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson confirmed prospect Rafael Montero is on his way to the majors to start Wednesday against the Yankees. Montero, the Mets' No. 2 prospect, went 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in eight starts for Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero is taking Jenrry Mejia's spot in the rotation.


Mets ready to promote Rafael Montero?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Mets starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero is on his way to New York, according to ESPN. Montero is a candidate to start Wednesday against the Yankees, if the Mets choose to remove Jenrry Mejia from the rotation.

Montero, who is considered the Mets' second-best prospect by MLB.com, is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in eight starts for Triple-A Las Vegas. He also has 41 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings.


Mets still pondering options with rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said he planned to speak Sunday with general manager Sandy Alderson about the final spot in the team's rotation, which is currently occupied by Jenrry Mejia

Collins has avoided questions in recent days about his future plans for Mejia. Whether or not he makes his next start Wednesday against the Yankees could come down to the team feeling comfortable enough with one of its pitching prospects making his first start against a tough opponent.

Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom are considered the leading candidates to join the rotation, if Mejia loses his spot. Reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka could also be an option to pitch Wednesday.

"The answer to me is yes, it will have something to do with it," Collins said of the Subway Series. "It's going to be against Masahiro Tanaka. It's going to be here. So I think you've certainly go to take it into consideration."


Mets pondering options if Jenrry Mejia moved to bullpen


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) If the Mets choose to move Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen, then it doesn't mean Daisuke Matsuzaka, who lost out on the fifth spot in the rotation this spring, would move into the rotation, per The Star-Ledger.

"We haven’t even talked about the first part seriously yet, but what happens after, it wouldn’t necessarily be Daisuke gets it," Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said.

Ricco said it is more like the Mets would turn to Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom, who are both in the rotation at Triple-A Las Vegas, over Matsuzaka.


Mets ready to make changes to pitching staff?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) The Mets are not inclined to make a roster move to bolster their bullpen on Thursday's off-day, a source told the New York Daily News. However, future decisions this weekend could hinge on Jenrry Mejia's start Friday against the Phillies.

If Mejia struggles again, Daisuke Matsuzaka could be moved to the rotation and pitcher prospect Rafael Montero could be promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to join the bullpen, Daily News writer Andy Martino speculates. Martino also feels if the Mets dip into the rotation at Las Vegas for bullpen help, then Montero would get the call over Jacob deGrom.


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.