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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%: 9/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Mets prospect Rafael Montero may be headed to bullpen


(3/25/2015) Mets pitching prospect Rafael Montero most likely punched his ticket to make the big club Wednesday with a solid four-inning start against the Yankees.

In his first start of the spring, Montero allowed one earned run, three hits and struck out four.

Montero officially remains in competition with Dillon Gee for the rotation's fifth spot, but it appears he'll be added to the Mets bullpen when the season begins.

When asked where Montero fits into the Mets' pitching staff, manager Terry Collins said "On the team - somewhere."

Montero suggested he is fine with any role.

"[In the] minor leagues I was a starting pitcher," Montero said through an interpreter. "Now, in the big leagues, I'm ready to pitch ... In the minor leagues, I want to start. That's in the minor leagues. But here in the big leagues that's their decision."

Montero has pitched nine innings in the spring so far, posting a 4.00 ERA with nine hits and eight strike outs.

Report: Mets still considering Rafael Montero for final spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) While Dillon Gee is considered the favorite to take Zack Wheeler's spot in the Mets' rotation, starting pitcher prospect Rafael Montero still remains in the mix, team insiders told the New York Daily News.

Montero's high ceiling has led some in the organization to hold off in anointing Gee as Wheeler's replacement. Montero, who has a 5.40 ERA through two relief outings, will get his first spring start Wednesday against the Yankees.


Mets' Dan Warthen: Final spot down to Dillon Gee, Rafael Montero


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Though it appears as if Dillon Gee is destined to take Zack Wheeler's spot in the starting rotation, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen told reporters the final spot is still up for grabs between Gee and Rafael Montero, according to NJ.com.

"I think it's still a competition between Montero and Gee," Warthen said. "They're both quality pitchers, I don't think we're going to hamstrung by either one of them."

Gee threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings in a split-squad game against the Astros. He has a 3.38 ERA through four spring outings (two starts). Montero allowed one run on two hits over 3 2/3 innings of work against Houston on Thursday. He has a 5.40 ERA through two outings (five innings) this spring.


Alderson: Rafael Montero very likely to be in Mets bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson  said Tuesday that pitcher Rafael Montero will very likely make the team as a reliever, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

"From my standpoint, to the extent that we can keep him and avoid sending him back to Vegas, that would be a good thing," Alderson said about Montero. "He’s done very well over almost two seasons at Vegas. I’d hate to overcook a guy by sending him back again. But if it’s necessary, it is. Anyway, the numbers do suggest he has a better opportunity now than he did before."

It was reported Monday that the team had considered Montero a candidate to fill the rotation spot of the injured Zack Wheeler, but Dillon Gee is the favorite to join the rotation instead. Montero has pitched almost exclusively as a starter in his professional career, but he made two relief appearances as well as eight starts during his first major-league season in 2014. He allowed two earned runs in 1 1/3 innings in his only spring appearance to date.


Report: Dillon Gee likely candidate to replace Zack Wheeler in rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) With Zack Wheeler likely headed for Tommy John surgery, the Mets have considered Rafael Montero as a possible candidate for his rotation spot. However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Dillon Gee has shown signs of displeasure with his role in the bullpen, and appears the most likely candidate to replace Wheeler, though general manager Sandy Alderson refused to name one in a phone conference with media members on Monday.

Montero went 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA over 10 appearances (eight starts) in his first major-league season. Gee went 7-8, with a 4.00 ERA in 22 starts for the Mets last year. He has gone 40-34 with a 3.91 ERA in his five MLB seasons, all with the Mets.


Mets' Collins: I don't know where Rafael Montero is going to fit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero may have an uphill battle to make the roster. When asked about the right-hander's role this upcoming season, manager Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday that he's unsure where the 24-year-old will fit on the team, per NJ.com.

"I don't have any idea where Montero is going to fit," Collins said. "Again, you're asking somebody to do something at the major league level that he hasn't done very much of.

"It's important that we get out of the gate. Knowing that Bobby is going to be ready, probably in the first part of May, I'm not sure where Raffy would fit in that bullpen coming out of spring training. If Dillon is there we only have one more spot left and we might go with a little more experienced guy at the beginning of the season."

Montero went 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA over 10 appearances (eight starts) in his first major-league season.


Rafael Montero gets first career win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero tossed a strong start Wednesday against the Rockies. 

Montero allowed three hits over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out seven and walked four during the outing. Walks were clearly an issue for Montero, and kept him from pitching deep into the game. He was pulled after throwing 106 pitches during the sixth inning. Though he departed with two men on base, the Mets were able to get out of the jam, keeping Montero’s stat line clean.

With the win, Montero improved to 1-3. He’ll take on the Marlins in his next start. 


Rafael Montero spot start set for Wednesday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/8/2014) Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero, who was expected to make a spot start following his promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier this month, is scheduled to make it Wednesday against the Rockies, pushing everyone else back a day. He's not expected to join the rotation full time.

Montero, a rookie, has a 5.24 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in seven appearances, including six starts.


Rafael Montero called up; will get a spot start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Mets pitcher Rafael Montero has been promoted for the final few weeks of the season, after ending his campaign at Triple-A Las Vegas.

The Mets recalled Montero Saturday, and manager Terry Collins told ESPN.com he expects to get him at least one spot start, though Montero is not expected to join the rotation full time at any point.

Montero posted a 5.23 ERA in 32 2/3 innings of work over seven appearances earlier in the season. He finished the Triple-A season with a 3.60 ERA in 80 innings, with 80 strikeouts. 


Rafael Montero expected to make a start this month


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that pitcher Rafael Montero will likely make a start with the big-league club at some point this month, ESPN New York reports. Montero made six starts this season already with the Mets. He owns a 5.23 ERA over 32 2/3 innings of work in the majors.

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.