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Rafael Montero | Relief Pitcher | #50

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 10/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 186
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / UDFA / NYM
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Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Montero was knocked around in a spot start Thursday and has been ineffective both as a starter and reliever for the Mets. It could be a while before we see him again. May 26 - 3:43 PM

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Rafael Montero struggled in three innings of work Thursday, allowing three runs on five hits in a loss to the Padres.

Montero also walked three while striking out four. Anyone looking at the final score might not expect that the Mets' starter was so bad -- in relief of Montero, the Mets bullpen allowed just one run over the next six innings to hold it to a 4-3 game. He's now struggled in two of three starts on the year, and Montero has failed to get out of the fourth inning in any of them. That's what an 8.24 ERA and 2.54 WHIP look like, but unfortunately for the Mets, it's not like they're flush with better options right now. Still, they can probably do better than the 26-year-old their next time out.
May 25 - 10:43 PM

Rafael Montero will make a spot start Thursday against the Padres.

Montero is starting in place of Jacob deGrom, who had his start pushed back to Friday due to weather concerns. The right-hander fared poorly in his first start this year, scattering seven hits, five runs and three walks over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Marlins on May 5. Even against a weak Padres lineup, Montero won't be a recommended streaming option.
May 25 - 4:17 PM

Rafael Montero struggled in his start Friday against the Marlins, giving up five runs over 3 2/3 innings.

Four of the five runs scored in the fourth inning. Montero gave up seven hits and walked three. He piled up 90 pitches before being pulled. The Mets staged a late comeback to take him off the hook for the loss, but they are really going to miss Noah Syndergaard.
May 5 - 10:44 PM

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

Montero will start Friday against the Nationals, taking the rotation spot vacated by Noah Syndergaard (lat). He'll be in line to make multiple starts if he pitches well. Montero has pitched well in the minors this year but has struggled in his big league chances and isn't an appealing streaming option.
May 5 - 4:47 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed that Rafael Montero will start in place of Noah Syndergaard (lat) on Friday.

Syndergaard was pulled from a Saturday start against the Nationals due to a partial tear in his right lat. He is in line to miss multiple turns through the rotation. Montero will be first up to fill in for him and will take the ball against the Marlins on Friday. In 6 2/3 innings with the big league club this season, the 26-year-old right-hander owns an unsightly 9.45 ERA and 3.60 WHIP. There is little fantasy intrigue here.
May 3 - 4:49 PM

Rafael Montero is expected to start for the Mets on Friday in place of the injured Noah Syndergaard.

Syndergaard left Sunday's start due to a lat injury and is presumably heading to the disabled list. Montero has struggled in his limited time with the big league club this season, registering a 9.45 ERA and 3.60 WHIP in 6 2/3 innings.
Apr 30 - 4:40 PM

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

Montero is getting the boot after yielding four runs (three earned) in only 1/3 of an inning Wednesday in a loss to Philadelphia. That brought his ERA all the way up from 5.68 to 9.45. Clearly the 26-year-old needs more seasoning in the minor leagues.
Apr 20 - 4:30 PM

Rafael Montero took the loss for the Mets after giving up four runs in the 10th inning Tuesday against the Phillies.

Montero has made himself the obvious choice to get dumped to make room for Jeurys Familia in the Mets' bullpen. He's given up eight runs (seven earned) and walked eight in 6 2/3 innings.
Apr 19 - 12:34 AM

Rafael Montero is expected to earn a spot in the Mets' Opening Day bullpen.

Seth Lugo would have been the long reliever heading north with the club, but he'll begin the season on the disabled list instead. Montero pitched very well in Grapefruit League action, posting a 1.77 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 23/8 K/BB ratio across 20 1/3 innings.
Apr 1 - 4:01 PM

Rafael Montero fired five innings of shutout baseball against the Braves on Saturday as the Mets won 3-0.

He allowed four hits and a walk while striking out one. He has been excellent this spring, now rocking a 1.96 ERA with 21 punchouts in 18 1/3 innings. He would seem to be a good candidate for the fifth slot in the Mets rotation but this was actually his first start in Grapefruit League action. Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo have been considered the frontrunners for the final rotation slot but Montero is making a very strong case that he should get the nod. He saw limited major-league action last season, struggling with his control as shown by his 16 walks (against 20 strikeouts) in 19 innings that led to an 8.05 ERA.
Mar 25 - 4:03 PM

Rafael Montero was very sharp in his spring debut, striking out four in two perfect innings against the Astros.

Montero isn't getting any play for the fifth spot in the Mets' rotation, but he's still an interesting arm, just maybe not quite as interesting as the alternatives. His best hope of making the Mets is as a middle reliever, and his chances there probably hinge on Zack Wheeler landing on the disabled list.
Feb 27 - 5:08 PM

Rafael Montero struggled miserably Monday against the Nationals, allowing six runs over just 1 2/3 innings.

Montero gave up two hits and walked three in the first inning, but somehow managed to escape with just two runs scoring. Mets manager Terry Collins allowed him to have a second inning for some reason and the decision backfired in a big way, as Montero gave up a leadoff homer to Mat Latos — yes, Mat Latos — before eventually serving up a long three-run homer to Anthony Rendon. Mets manager Terry Collins said after Monday's game that Montero won't make his next start, though it's unclear who his replacement will be. Gabriel Ynoa and Sean Gilmartin are among the possibilities.
Mon, Sep 12, 2016 10:29:00 PM

Rafael Montero will start Monday against the Nationals.

He's been filling in for Jacob deGrom, who is still sidelined with forearm soreness. Montero has struggled with walks, surrendering 10 free passes over his last two starts. The 25-year-old is off the fantasy radar.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 04:33:00 PM

Rafael Montero struggled in a spot start Tuesday, allowing three runs over 4 1/3 frames but taking a no-decision in a 5-3 win over the Reds.

Montero permitted just three hits, but one of them was a two-run homer and he also got himself in trouble with four walks. Depending on Jacob deGrom's (forearm) status, it's possible Montero will be needed for another start. That would likely come next week against the Nationals.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 12:35:00 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Rene Rivera
1B1Lucas Duda
2Wilmer Flores
2B1Neil Walker
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Matt Reynolds
3B1David Wright
2Jose Reyes
3T.J. Rivera
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Curtis Granderson
2Juan Lagares
RF1Jay Bruce
2Michael Conforto
3Brandon Nimmo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jeurys Familia
2Addison Reed
3Fernando Salas
4Jerry Blevins
5Josh Edgin
6Paul Sewald
7Seth Lugo
8Neil Ramirez
9Tyler Pill