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Rafael Montero | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/17/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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

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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

Mets right-handed pitching prospect Rafael Montero left his start on Saturday after five pitches with an injury to his left side.

Injuries in that area tend to be related to a rib cage or an oblique, but the team has released no further information.
Jun 15 - 10:00 AM

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

If the Mets didn't need an extra pitcher after their 14-inning game, then perhaps Montero would have stuck around. He might fit best as a middle reliever right now anyway. However, since the Mets do need the fresh arm in the form of Buddy Carlyle, Montero was the obvious candidate to go. Daisuke Matsuzaka will move into the rotation in his place.
May 31 - 12:55 PM

Rafael Montero was chased after giving up four runs (three earned) over 3 2/3 innings against the Phillies on Friday.

Montero got into a mess of trouble in the fourth inning -- including a three-run homer from Domonic Brown -- before being pulled. All told, he allowed seven hits and two walks while failing to notch a strikeout. Through his first four starts in the majors, Montero has a 5.40 ERA and 17/11 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He'll need to show more consistency in order to be an option in fantasy leagues.
May 31 - 1:13 AM

Rafael Montero struck out 10 and allowed just two hits over six innings but had to settle for a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Montero issued three free passes, but he was pretty much in control after a solo blast from Chris Owings two batters into the game. An elevated pitch count (113) meant a relatively short outing despite a strong performance. It was easily Montero's best showing in his first three starts. He'll try to keep it going next weekend in Philly.
May 25 - 4:42 PM

Rafael Montero took his second loss of the season after allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Montero allowed seven hits, including a home run to Adrian Gonzalez, while walking four and striking out four. The rookie right-hander hasn't been terribly effective at generating swings and misses, getting only five of them in his start last Wednesday and seven against the Dodgers. Montero will look to get off the schneid in his next start against the Diamondbacks.
May 20 - 11:41 PM

Rafael Montero took a loss after allowing three runs in six innings against the Yankees in his major league debut.

Montero was solid despite allowing two homers, but solid wasn't nearly good enough with Masahiro Tanaka also on the mound tonight. Expectations are that the 23-year-old will get home starts against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks next week, making him a pretty good play in mixed leagues.
May 14 - 10:29 PM

Mets purchased the contract of RHP Rafael Montero from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero earned the promotion after putting up a 3.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings for Las Vegas. He'll make his major league debut on Wednesday versus the Yankees and will be given a chance to stick in the rotation for the long haul. Montero is worth a flier in all fantasy formats.
May 14 - 3:07 PM

Rafael Montero will make his major league debut Wednesday against the Yankees.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has confirmed that Montero will come up from Triple-A Las Vegas and take Jenrry Mejia's spot in the starting rotation. It's a tough first matchup, but Montero is worth a flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
May 12 - 4:31 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that the Mets are calling up Rafael Montero.

No official word from the team yet, but this presumably means that he'll take the rotation spot of Jenrry Mejia and make his major league debut on Wednesday. In turn, Mejia would be moved to the bullpen. Montero, 23, has posted a 3.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 48/18 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season with Triple-A Las Vegas while playing in the pitcher-friendly Pacific Coast League. He should be worth using in deeper mixed leagues and NL-only formats right away.
May 12 - 4:10 PM

The Mets might add pitching prospect Rafael Montero to their starting rotation next week.

Jenrry Mejia could be bumped to the bullpen, opening a rotation spot for the 23-year-old Montero, who has posted a 3.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 41/18 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Las Vegas. Montero is worth stashing in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
May 10 - 6:20 PM

Mets right-handed pitching prospect Rafael Montero threw five no-hit innings for Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday.

Montero needed 98 pitches to get through five shutout innings while walking three batters. He has struggled as of late, and his ERA currently sits at 3.67 with a 1.152 WHIP. Opposing batters are hitting just .203/.284/.324, though Montero has seen a spike in his walk rate. Las Vegas is one of the toughest places to pitch in organized baseball, and Montero could see time in Queens if an injury arises. He is squarely behind Noah Syndergaard on the Mets pitching depth chart, but he could be a solid #3 pitcher in the major leagues.
May 10 - 10:39 AM

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the Mets are considering carring Rafael Montero in their Opening Day bullpen.

The 23-year-old has impressed in Grapefruit League play, posting a 1.42 ERA, 0.47 WHIP and 4/1 K/BB ratio over his 6 1/3 innings. While he's still seen as a starter long-term, he is not currently being considered as a replacement for Jon Niese in the Mets rotation.
Mar 16 - 8:37 PM

Rafael Montero went six up, six down in his start versus the Nationals on Friday.

Montero struck out two in a quick and impressive spring debut. He opened camp likely fourth in line for the fifth spot in the Mets rotation, trailing Jenrry Mejia, John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Now that there's potentially two openings with Jon Niese going down could open the door for the prospect. Still, the Mets would likely prefer he spend a month or two in Triple-A.
Feb 28 - 4:46 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Travis d'Arnaud
2Anthony Recker
3Taylor Teagarden
1B1Lucas Duda
2B1Daniel Murphy
SS1Ruben Tejada
3B1David Wright
LF1Chris Young
2Eric Young Jr.
3Bobby Abreu
CF1Juan Lagares
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
RF1Curtis Granderson
2Bobby Abreu
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Niese
2Bartolo Colon
3Dillon Gee
4Zack Wheeler
5Jacob deGrom
6Matt Harvey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jenrry Mejia
2Jeurys Familia
3Carlos Torres
4Vic Black
5Josh Edgin
6Dana Eveland
7Buddy Carlyle
8Daisuke Matsuzaka
9Bobby Parnell