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Rafael Montero | Starting Pitcher | #50

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (27) / 10/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 186
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / UDFA / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Mets placed RHP Rafael Montero on the 60-day disabled list with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
Montero is set to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. He'll miss the entire 2018 season and will likely be a bit behind at the start of next season, as well. Mar 27 - 8:44 AM

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Rafael Montero (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

Montero suffered a full tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during a recent Grapefruit League appearance. He's slated to miss the entire 2018 season and will likely get a late start on 2019, as well. The 27-year-old was once a top pitching prospect for the Mets, but things haven't worked out as hoped.
Mar 26 - 11:08 AM's Anthony DiComo confirms that Rafael Montero will undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

The surgery was termed as "likely" in a previous report. Montero felt some discomfort after his latest Grapefruit League appearance and was diagnosed Thursday morning with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow. The former top pitching prospect will probably be sidelined through the first half of the 2019 season. He was battling for a spot in the Mets' bullpen this spring.
Mar 22 - 12:29 PM

Rafael Montero has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his right elbow and is likely to undergo Tommy John surgery.

HMontero once ranked among the top pitching prospects in all of baseball, but the 27-year-old right-hander owns a disappointing 5.38 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 189/111 K/BB ratio in 192 1/3 career major league innings and was struggling mightily this spring in Grapefruit League play. He'll miss the entire 2018 season and the early part of the 2019 season if he indeed goes under the knife.
Mar 22 - 12:18 PM

A source tells Matt Ehalt of the North Jersey Record that the Mets have begun trade preparations, with Rafael Montero a candidate to be dealt.

The team is not close to a deal, of Montero or otherwise, but it's a numbers game and Montero is out of options, making him a prime candidate to be traded. The 27-year-old's ceiling has always been higher than his on-field production, but there's certain to be teams willing to take a shot on the potential. With no shortage of pitching available on the open market and in trades, the Mets likely won't get much back for Montero if they do deal him, but it would be better than losing him to waivers for nothing.
Mar 17 - 6:51 PM

Rafael Montero got just one out and allowed five runs -- two earned -- in relief Wednesday against the Yankees.

Montero had allowed one run and struck out six in four innings coming into this one, so one bad day won't do too much harm. He doesn't have a lot to pitch for this spring anyway; he's not going to make the Mets rotation, but since he's out of options, he's pretty much a lock for the roster (or at least some team's roster).
Mar 7 - 5:18 PM

Rafael Montero allowed three runs over six innings Tuesday in a no-decision against the Mets.

Montero (likely) finishes a decent second half with a 4.79 ERA in 14 starts. It's not going to be enough to convince the Mets to pencil him into their 2018 rotation, but serviceable stopgap is still more than what was expected from him going into this year.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:06:00 PM

Rafael Montero yielded five earned runs over four innings Wednesday in a loss to the Marlins.

Montero issued two walks and gave up seven hits, including a two-run homer to Justin Bour in the bottom of the third. The 26-year-old right-hander is now 5-11 on the season with a 5.30 ERA and 1.72 WHIP in 110 1/3 innings.
Wed, Sep 20, 2017 04:09:00 PM

Rafael Montero was chased after allowing three runs over 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Braves.

Montero allowed one run over his first four innings before running out of gas in the fifth inning. His final line could have been worse, but Chasen Bradford managed to get Dansby Swanson to fly out to center field to end the threat. Montero fanned six and walked two (one of them intentional), suffering his first loss since August 24. He’ll bring a 5.08 ERA into a start against the Marlins next week.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 11:27:00 PM

Rafael Montero earned a 6-1 win over the Reds by allowing one run in five innings on Saturday.

He let in a run on a sacrifice fly in the second inning and that was it. He struggled to throw strikes, walking five batters and burning 97 pitches just to get through five frames. Montero surrendered only four hits and punched out five batters while improving to 5-9 on the season. He has a 5.05 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 30 appearances, including 15 starts.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 11:13:00 PM

Rafael Montero was charged with four runs over 5 1/3 innings in Monday’s 11-7 win over the Phillies.

Montero looked locked in early on, but he wasn’t the same after the Mets had a marathon six-run bottom of the fourth inning. He gave up one run in the fifth before fading in the sixth. Montero struck out three and walked five in the ugly victory. He’s now 4-9 with a 5.21 ERA on the year. Despite the uneven outing Monday, there’s some deeper league appeal here with the Reds and Braves coming up.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 05:08:00 PM

Rafael Montero hurled 8 1/3 shutout frames to guide his team to a 2-0 win over the Reds on Wednesday.

He struck out eight batters and took a one-hitter into the ninth inning in the dominant outing against one of the better offenses in the league. He made it look easy for eight innings before running out of gas in the final frame. He was relieved after loading the bases on two hits and a walk. Closer A.J. Ramos then stranded Montero's runners by striking out the final two batters to preserve the shutout. Tonight's great game was out of character for Montero, who improves to 3-9 with a 5.12 ERA in 28 games, including 13 starts. He generates a lot of strikeouts but walks too many batters as shown by his 92:47 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 91 1/3 innings.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 10:42:00 PM

Rafael Montero gave up three runs over 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Montero came up two outs shy of a third straight quality start. We still wouldn't trust him in NL-only leagues, but this rates as his most encouraging stretch in a couple of years. He's struck out 16 and allowed just one homer in 17 1/3 innings in his last three outings.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 04:08:00 PM

Rafael Montero held the Marlins to one run over six innings in a win Saturday.

Montero allowed six hits and walked three, but he danced around most of the potential danger thanks in part to inducing 12 ground balls. The win was the first for Montero since June 25, leaving him at 2-8 on the year. He owns a 5.47 ERA and 1.73 WHIP through 77 1/3 innings. Montero's next start will come Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 11:15:00 PM

Rafael Montero allowed two earned runs over six innings Monday in a no-decision versus the Yankees.

Montero pitched well for the most part, racking up six strikeouts, but Gary Sanchez hit a run-scoring sac fly against the 26-year-old right-hander in the bottom of the fourth inning and Aaron Judge belted a game-tying solo homer off him in the bottom of the sixth. Montero has a 5.80 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in 10 starts and 14 relief appearances this season with the Mets.
Mon, Aug 14, 2017 10:36:00 PM

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