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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%: 9/0 | Average Draft Position: 297.32
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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.

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.