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Rafael Montero | Relief Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 10/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 186
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Rafael Montero will be recalled to start on April 28 in Miami.
Montero was optioned to Triple-A on Friday in order to get stretched out after beginning the season in the Mets' bullpen. The club plans to use six men for one turn through the rotation, so it could be just be a spot start for the young righty. However, if he pitches well it's possible he could bump Dillon Gee. Apr 17 - 4:18 PM

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

The Mets decided to carry Montero as a reliever, but they'll now likely stretch him back out as a starter at Triple-A. He allowed three runs -- two earned -- while striking out seven across 4 1/3 relief innings.
Apr 17 - 3:03 PM

Rafael Montero kept the game close for the Mets on Wednesday, pitching two scoreless innings while down one run to the Nationals.

Montero is going to have to wait his turn before a rotation spot comes, but he could still contribute in NL-only leagues in the meantime. He's a strong candidate to pick up wins in middle relief.
Apr 8 - 11:06 PM

Rafael Montero blanked the Marlins for six innings, striking out six, in a win Monday.

No wonder the Mets are thinking about trading Dillon Gee. Montero probably won't be in the rotation if Gee sticks around, but he is the more interesting of the two in NL-only leagues. If Gee does get traded, Montero might even be a mixed-league sleeper.
Mar 30 - 4:17 PM

Rafael Montero allowed one run over four innings and struck out four against the Yankees on Wednesday.

The Mets are still treating Montero as a starter and there's talk about him joining the rotation, even though Terry Collins essentially named Dillon Gee the fifth starter after Zach Wheeler went down. It might be another one of those cases where the front office (Montero) and Collins (Gee) don't see eye to eye. Montero is expected to be on the roster, probably as a middle reliever.
Mar 25 - 5:22 PM

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hears that there's "still conversation" about Rafael Montero earning the fifth starter job.

With Zack Wheeler (elbow) out for the year, Dillon Gee is the heavy favorite for the fifth starter job and certainly didn't hurt his case by tossing four scoreless innings Tuesday, but the Mets are intrigued by Montero's ceiling and he could keep his name in the conversation with a strong performance Wednesday. Still, we expect Gee to begin the year in the rotation and Montero to be in the bullpen.
Mar 25 - 9:52 AM

Rafael Montero allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings out of the pen against the Astros on Thursday.

The Mets have already said Montero is likely to be carried as a reliever, but they're keeping him stretched out just in case he's needed in the rotation instead. He allowed two hits, walked none and struck out two today.
Mar 19 - 4:33 PM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Tuesday that Rafael Montero is likely to make the Mets' Opening Day roster as a reliever.

Montero would also serve as insurance for the starting rotation now that Zack Wheeler (elbow) is sidelined and Dillon Gee will take his place. The 24-year-old posted a 4.06 ERA and 42/23 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings as a rookie last season.
Mar 17 - 12:24 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that right-hander Rafael Montero is under consideration for a bullpen spot.

Collins is considering all options, as Josh Edgin (elbow) is injured and no left-handers are standing out so far in Mets' camp. He might now go with an all right-handed bullpen, which potentially opens up a spot for Montero, who was expected to begin the year as a starter with Triple-A Las Vegas. The 24-year-old posted a 4.06 ERA and 42/23 K/BB ratio over 44 1/3 innings as a rookie last season.
Mar 12 - 4:35 PM

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.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 10:14:00 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 09:57:00 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.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 04:09:00 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.
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 10:14:00 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.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 05:06:00 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.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 01:14:00 PM

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2B1Daniel Murphy
2Danny Muno
SS1Wilmer Flores
2Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
2Eric Campbell
LF1Michael Cuddyer
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
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CF1Juan Lagares
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S1Matt Harvey
2Jacob deGrom
3Jon Niese
4Bartolo Colon
5Dillon Gee
6Zack Wheeler
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5Alex Torres
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