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Rafael Montero | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Rafael Montero tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Mets' win over the Astros.
Montero allowed three doubles and three singles while also walking two, but he operated well in situations that required damage control, tallying six strikeouts on the evening. The 23-year-old right-hander should be in the running for an Opening Day rotation spot next spring, though it'll be stiff competition. Sep 27 - 10:14 PM

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Rafael Montero will start on Saturday versus the Astros.

He's taking the rotation spot of Jacob deGrom, who has been shut down due to his innings workload. Montero has largely been hit-or-miss with the Mets but pitched well the last two times he started for them. He's not a bad streaming option for this weekend if you're digging deep.
Sep 24 - 9:57 AM

Rafael Montero has been moved to the bullpen.

The Mets don't want to overwork the 23-year-old right-hander, so he'll pitch in relief for the remaining couple of weeks. Montero held the Rockies scoreless over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in his final start of 2014. He will be in the running for an Opening Day rotation spot next spring.
Sep 13 - 4:09 PM

Rafael Montero needed 106 pitches, but held the Rockies scoreless over 5 1/3 innings in a win on Wednesday.

Montero made his first start since August 17. He wasn't exactly sharp, but the Rockies couldn't get much of anything going against him despite building up his pitch count. Montero gave up three hits and four walks while striking out seven batters. It's not yet known if Montero will get another start. He's carrying a 4.50 ERA and a 35/20 K/BB ratio over seven starts and one relief appearance this season.
Sep 10 - 10:14 PM

Rafael Montero is expected to start for the Mets on Wednesday against the Rockies.

The 23-year-old owns a 5.23 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 28/16 K/BB ratio over 32 2/3 innings with the Mets this season. It's unclear at the moment if it will just be a spot start, or if Montero will get a couple of turns through the rotation. He could be worth a look for fantasy owners looking to stream starts down the stretch.
Sep 7 - 5:06 PM

Mets recall RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero will be used primarily out of the bullpen over the season's final month, but Mets manager Terry Collins also indicated that he would make at least one spot start somewhere along the way.
Sep 6 - 1:14 PM

Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Jacob deGrom returned from the disabled list Saturday to fill the Mets' vacant rotation spot. Montero owns a 5.23 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 32 2/3 innings this season at the major league level. The 23-year-old should get another shot next month, either as a starter or long reliever.
Aug 23 - 9:34 PM

Rafael Montero held the Cubs to one run over 7 1/3 innings on Sunday but took a no-decision.

Montero got lit up by the Nationals last week but was much steadier in this outing, scattering five hits and two walks while striking out five. Unfortunately the Mets only gave him one run of support. The 23-year-old is a legitimate talent and should be a decent matchup-to-matchup play for desperate fantasy owners down the stretch. Next week's outing against the Dodgers is one to avoid.
Aug 17 - 4:18 PM

Rafael Montero was hit hard in a loss against the Nationals on Tuesday, giving up five runs in five innings.

All five runs scored on three home runs: a two-run home run to Bryce Harper, a solo shot to Anthony Rendon, and a two-run blast to Ian Desmond. It was Montero's first start in the big leagues since May 30, but he earned the call-up following some dominating outings at Triple-A and when Jacob deGrom's shoulder acted up. In five starts this year, Montero has a 6.12 ERA with a 21/13 K/BB ratio. He'll try to bounce back against the Cubs at home on Sunday.
Aug 12 - 10:50 PM

Mets recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero will replace Jacob deGrom (shoulder) in the Mets' rotation and start Tuesday against the Nationals. The 23-year-old struggled in his first taste of the majors earlier this year, but he owns a 3.15 ERA and 82/33 K/BB ratio over 80 innings this season in Triple-A and has been dynamite over his last two starts. He's mostly a matchup play in mixed leagues, but should be relevant in NL-only leagues for as long as he has a rotation spot.
Aug 12 - 8:46 AM

The Mets will call up Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Tuesday against the Nationals.

He'll replace the injured Jacob deGrom in the starting rotation. Montero posted a 5.40 ERA over four starts with the Mets earlier this season, but he has been really solid of late in Triple-A. He's a wait-and-see option in mixed leagues, but should be relevant in NL-only formats as long as he holds a rotation spot.
Aug 11 - 4:06 PM

Rafael Montero is expected to take Jacob deGrom's spot in the Mets' rotation on Tuesday.

Montero posted a disappointing 5.40 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and 17/11 K/BB ratio in 20 innings (four starts) with the Mets earlier this season, but he's a highly-regarded pitching prospect and could be worth a try in some mixed fantasy leagues if deGrom's shoulder injury turns out to be serious. Montero isn't a good bet in his first start Tuesday against the Nationals, but there may be some good matchups down the stretch.
Aug 11 - 8:25 AM

Mets prospect RHP Rafael Montero allowed one hit over eight shutout innings Tuesday for Triple-A Las Vegas, walking two and striking out 11.

Montero has been dominant over his last two starts, allowing just four hits in 14 2/3 scoreless frames to go along with an excellent 17-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. In general, the right-hander has looked sharp since coming off the disabled list (strained left oblique), with a 2.28 ERA, .176 BAA and 26 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings. Montero struggled earlier this season over four starts in the major leagues, posting a 5.40 ERA and 17-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 innings, but he’s still seemingly in line to rejoin the Mets in September.
Aug 6 - 3:26 PM

Mets right-handed pitching prospect Rafael Montero threw four shutout innings in his second rehab appearance, striking out for batters and scattering two hits and one walk for High-A on Monday.

This was Montero's second rehab appearance, and he could be back with Triple-A Las Vegas shortly. He projects as a mid-rotation option, and could see more time with the Mets this season, particularly if they trade Bartolo Colon and don't promote Noah Syndergaard.
Jul 15 - 11:15 AM

Mets right-handed pitching prospect Rafael Montero has been diagnosed with a strained left oblique.

There has been no word as to whether Montero will be placed on the disabled list, but it seems likely. Montero was inconsistent in his time with the Mets, and struggled in his first two starts back in Triple-A before exiting his third start after just one batter.
Jun 16 - 8:01 AM

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3B1Daniel Murphy
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LF1Kirk Nieuwenhuis
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RF1Curtis Granderson
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7Buddy Carlyle
8Daisuke Matsuzaka
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