AA Opening Night: Rafael Montero Throws A Crazy Quantity of Strikes

AA: Binghamton Mets 2, @ Akron Aeros (CLE) 1

Rafael Montero ST 13 (Baron)Well, hot damn Rafael Montero: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.

He threw 75% (!) of his pitches (63 of 84) for strikes. That’s just nuts. Cliff Lee led qualified MLB starters in 2012 at 70% and there were only five pitchers above 66%. The too numbers are not identical, as Montero’s strike percentage would probably decline against MLB’s more disciplined hitters, but that does not minimize his remarkable command now.

Where the OF are:
CF Alonzo Harris (1-4, 2B)
DH Darrell Ceciliani (0-4)
LF Cory Vaughn (0-3, BB, K)
RF Cesar Puello (1-3, BB).

I think it’s fascinating that Harris started in center over Puello and Ceciliani. It’s only one game, but it is the season’s first game which seems like it carries a smidge of extra weight.