Rafael Montero promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas

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I had Montero ranked as my #9 Mets’ prospect in my pre-season rankings.

The pitchers I ranked ahead of Montero were Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Michael Fulmer and Jacob deGrom. Wheeler is on the cusp of a big league debut. Syndergaard has performed very well (3.11 ERA, 64 K, 16 BB in 63.2 innings) in advanced-A. Fulmer has been on laid up all season recovering from a torn mesiscus. deGrom is still looking for a reliable off-speed pitch to throw with his power sinker. And then there’s Montero, who has been lights out.

Since making a spot start in AAA on May 21, Montero has not allowed a run in AA. His three-start line: 20 IP, 11 H, 4 BB, 18 K.

Montero is a three-pitch guy who lives off of his fastball command while his changeup and slider aspire to consistently MLB average.

If fans want to look ahead, the Mets had Zack Wheeler make 13 AAA starts before determining that he was ready and Matt Harvey 20. It seems unlikely that the Mets would have Montero make fewer AAA starts than either Wheeler or Harvey. Thus, expect him to spend, at the very least, the vast majority of the remainder of the minor league season in Las Vegas. However, a September look after the 51s season is certainly within the range of possible outcomes for Montero given continued health and success.



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