Rafael Montero has been awesome in Binghamton

Posted: April 23, 2013 in Future Mets, News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

Mets pitching prospect Rafael Montero has been lights out at double AA Binghamton early on this season.  Montero has been on the Mets radar for a while with his pin point control at such a young age. Montero, 22, has gone 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts this season. Montero has allowed just one walk with 27 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.

I got to see Montero last August for Single A St. Lucie in his final start of the year in 2012. He wasn’t too bad, only pitching 7 2/3rds hitless innings before being taken out for a pitch count.

I 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 trade.

Terry Collins raved about Montero when he got a big league invite to spring training camp this year.imagesCADQ3WP8

If I was ranking these guys again I would probably put him 3rd or 4th behind Zack Wheeler and d’Arnaud. Montero probably won’t be an ace but his pin point control and decent velocity will make him a good three in a rotation.

Montero appears to be on the fast track and could be in line for a promotion to Las Vegas soon.

If I’m the Mets I keep Montero in double AA as long as I can, trying to limit his time in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. Montero could be in line for a September call up and an opportunity to earn a starting spot in next year’s Mets rotation.

The Mets continue to develop some impressive young arms, now they just need a bat or two.

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Comments
  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – In my opinion these young guys can’t get here fast enough. If I have a choice, I choose two more productive bats in the Mets line up over one. Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Well Mike, Montero has been nearly perfect in double AA this year and when you think of next years POTENTIAL starting rotation. Harvey, Niese, Wheeler, Montero and Gee. Thats a young rotation with a ton of upside. It makes it very exciting to think about the future. Thanks for the comment Mike!

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