Upper Levels Wednesday: Rafael Montero Roughed Up

AAA: Las Vegas 51s 14, @ Reno Aces (AZ) 8 

The 51s rapped out 20 hits in this one in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

C Juan Centeno was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a walk to lead the way. He had two hits in his first four games in AAA.

Carlos Torres gave the 51s 5.1 solid innings (3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K).

 

AA: Erie Seasolves (DET) 11, @ Binghamton Mets 4 

Montero B-Mets HeadRafael Montero had his roughest outing to the year: 6.2 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR. He threw 72% strikes (66 of 92) but was hurt in the zone as his ERA rose from 1.95 to 3.41 after six starts in AA. Guess he’s not ready for the big leagues yet.

Hudson Belinsky, who writes at Prospect Insider, (and other places) noted that Montero did not throw his slider much. His tweet: “Montero only showed the slider a handful of times early. Definitely a weapon. Interesting arm, not sure the ceiling is huge.”

Offensively, the “catchers” combined for five of the B-Mets’ 10 hits. C Francisco Pena was 3-4 with two doubles and 2 RBI. He’s been in the system for six years now, and is still only 23 and hitting a little – .311/.360/.422 in 13 games in AA with four walks and one strikeout.  DH Blake Forsythe was 2-for-4 with another double and a strikeout to push his season line ot .347/.411/.653 in 14 games. Ten of his 17 hits have gone for extra bases.

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