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Rafael Montero | Starting 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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Mets recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Double-A Binghamton.

Montero had an abbreviated start in Double-A on Saturday and will make his return to the rotation Tuesday night against the Reds. He's filling in with some of the Mets' starters banged up.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 07:27:00 PM

Rafael Montero is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Reds.

He'll be filling in for Jacob deGrom, who is being skipped because of elbow soreness. To conserve him for Tuesday, Montero will make an abbreviated start for Double-A Binghamton on Saturday. Montero pitched reasonably well in a spot start against the Marlins last week, though he did yield six walks in only five innings of work.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 04:28:00 PM

Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Double-A Binghamton.

Montero did a respectable job in a spot-start on Monday, tossing five scoreless innings against the Marlins despite issuing six walks. He could be back in September.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 02:43:00 PM

Making a spot-start in place of Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero struggled with his control though six scoreless innings as part of a no-decision Monday against the Marlins.

Montero walked six batters and gave up a pair of hits while throwing just 54 out of 100 pitches for strikes, but he managed to keep the Marlins off the board. It wasn’t pretty, but the Mets will happily take it under the circumstances. He’ll likely head back down to the minors from here.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 11:16:00 PM

Mets recalled RHP Rafael Montero from Double-A Binghamton.

The Mets are skipping Jacob deGrom in the rotation, so Montero will make a spot-start Monday against the Marlins. The 25-year-old was a mess with Triple-A Las Vegas this season, but he has posted a 1.70 ERA and 38/18 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings over eight starts since his demotion to Double-A. Still, he doesn't come recommended in fantasy leagues.
Mon, Aug 29, 2016 05:50:00 PM

Rafael Montero will start Monday against the Marlins.

Montero was scratched from his start on Saturday in Double-A, so he was the obvious choice for the assignment. He'll be filling in for Jacob deGrom, who is being skipped for one turn in the rotation. Montero really struggled while pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League this season, but he owns a 1.70 ERA and 38/18 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings over eight starts in Double-A.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 10:35:00 PM

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

Montero had been with the club as an extra arm while Jacob deGrom was tending to an emergency family matter. He appeared in two games during his time with the big league club, allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings of work. He'll get another opportunity with the Mets before long.
Sat, Apr 23, 2016 12:13:00 AM

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

Montero has been on the taxi squad as the Mets have tried to sort out their roster and pitching staff in the absence of Jacob deGrom (lat tightness, wife having baby). The former top-100 prospect will pitch in long relief.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 11:10:00 PM

The Mets will not activate Rafael Montero for Tuesday's game against the Marlins.

The Mets' bullpen got worked hard in Monday's blowout, but they are taking the chance that Noah Syndergaard will have better luck Tuesday. Montero is on the taxi squad, so there's a chance he could start Wednesday if Logan Verrett is needed in relief Tuesday.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 03:14:00 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that the Mets are likely to call up right-hander Rafael Montero after their bullpen was taxed during Monday's blowout loss.

The speculation was that Sean Gilmartin would get the call, but it appears that Montero will get the nod instead. It's unclear what the corresponding roster move will be, but it could involve Jacob deGrom, who is away for the team for the birth of his child and was already being skipped this week due to lat soreness.
Tue, Apr 12, 2016 12:57:00 PM

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Starting Pitcher
S1Noah Syndergaard
2Jacob deGrom
3Matt Harvey
4Steven Matz
5Zack Wheeler
6Robert Gsellman
7Seth Lugo
8Rafael Montero
9Chris Flexen
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3Fernando Salas
4Jerry Blevins
5Hansel Robles
6Josh Smoker
7Erik Goeddel
8Josh Edgin
9Sean Gilmartin
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