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May 13, 2014

The Call-Up

Rafael Montero

by Mark Anderson and Craig Goldstein


The Situation: With the Mets sliding down the National League East standings, Jenrry Mejia moves from the rotation to the bullpen, clearing the way for BP’s no. 4-ranked Mets prospect, Rafael Montero. Montero will make his MLB debut at home against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Background: Signed out of the Dominican Republic as a 20-year old in 2011, Montero has breezed through the minor leagues. In his debut season in 2011 he chopped through four short-season leagues, compiling a combined 2.15 ERA in 71 innings. He followed that up by flying through both A-ball leagues in 2012 with a combined 2.36 ERA in 20 starts (122 innings). Montero didn’t miss a beat in 2013 when he hit the upper levels of the minor leagues, posting a 2.43 ERA and nearly 10 strikeouts per nine innings at Double-A and then pitching very well in 16 starts in the high-octane Pacific Coast League. So far this season, Montero has notched a 3.67 ERA in eight starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing just 30 hits and 18 walks in 41 2/3 innings while striking out 41 batters.

Scouting Report: Montero doesn’t look the part of a mid-rotation starter, standing just six feet and weighing 170 pounds. He is lean and lacks physical projection but is a quality athlete who repeats his easy delivery well. His arm action is clean, and the ball comes out of his hand with ease.

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