Mets Top 5 Prospects #4 Rafael Montero

Posted: October 20, 2012 in Future Mets
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By Steven Inman

BrokeMets has talked a lot about how important prospects are for the Mets over the last few weeks or so and how the Mets farm system would probably rank near the bottom third in baseball. While behind Zack Wheeler, there isn’t much star power, the Mets do have some nice depth with their top prospects. Here would be my top five Mets prospects. Any player with more than 130 at bats or 50 innings is not eligible for this list, must be considered rookies. Mets fans should learn this list as many of these guys will make an impact for the Mets, whether it’s in a trade or playing at Citi Field. Here’s #4 on our list

4. Rafael Montero: Montero came into the 2012 season as a complete unknown but his stock may have increased more than any other Met prospect. The right hander has a good three-pitch mix with his fastball, curve and changeup, though the secondary pitches need work behind his fastball. He is advanced in that he commands all of his pitches and can throw all of them for strikes despite turning just 22  last Wednesday.

I got to go see Montero with Single A St. Lucie during his last start of the season over the summer. Montero was taken out of a no hitter in the 8th inning after hitting his pitch count and innings limit for the season. He was extemely impressive, and didnt look like he was being challenged much. The only negative I saw was his dlievery was a little violent and might make him more injury prone but that i just my speculation. Montero will go to spring training compete for a spot in the double AA Binghamton rotation. He has some of the best control despite throwing as hard as he does. Montero looks like a solid mid rotation starter and every team could use some of those waiting for an opportunity in the minor leagues. Estimated Time of Arrival: 2014

  1. […] ranked Montero as the Mets 4th best prospect last offseason and wrote a short bio on him here. Keep in mind that was before the Travis d’Arnaud […]

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