The Holiday in AA: Rafael Montero Shoves. A Kind Bounce for the B-Mets

Sunday: @ Binghamton Mets 5, Portland Sea Dogs 0 
Monday: @ Binghamton Mets 6, Portland Sea Dogs 5 

Montero B-Mets HeadSunday, Rafael Montero, fresh off a fine AAA debut in a spot start, returned to AA and rolled: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. I thought Montero (pictured) could earn his spot in the Las Vegas rotation with a strong performance last week against Iowa. I was wrong. Again, the Las Vegas rotation still includes D.J. Mitchell, Chris Schwinden and Carlos Torres. What’s important is where the Mets feel Montero is best served developmentally and if the answer is that his slider will benefit most from the buses of the Eastern League so be it.

Monday, the B-Mets won on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth to pull into a tie for first place with Portland (although the B-Mets, with two games in hand, and one loss, are percentage points behind the ‘Dogs).

In the win, RHP Jacob deGrom (1-5, 5.29) turned in one of his better outings of the year: 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. That’s a solid way to bounceback off his worst outing of the year, when he allowed seven runs in 4.2 inning in New Britain in his previous starts. 

1B Allan Dykstra homered in both B-Mets games this weekend to push his season line to .298/.440/.519 with five homers in 41 games. Dykstra, who turned 26 last week, was acquired in a trade for Eddie Kunz before the 2011 season. He walks a lot – 33 times  (20%) and strikes out more 45 times (28%). I’ve had both questions over twitter and email about Dykstra. He’s not the Mets’ first baseman of the future. At 26, he’s already in his prime years, and still in AA. He strikes out way too much. He has size and strength and patience, but he’s slow. His swing is slow, with slow feet in the field and on the base paths. The bottom line is that Major League pitchers would exploit his strikeout tendencies to the point that it would kill any offensive value.

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