Thursday, May 15, 2014

What To Expect From Mets Rafael Montero Tonight

Rafael MonteroThe New York Mets have called up Rafael Montero, their top prospect still in the minor leagues, to make the start tonight against the New York Yankees instead of Jenrry Mejia. The Yankees probably don't know what to expect from this kid tonight but I didn't want you to feel that way so I did some research.

Montero signed as a 20 year old out of the Dominican Republic and wasted no time getting acclimated to the big leagues. Montero pitched his way from the Dominican Summer League in 2011 to Triple-A Las Vegas in just two seasons, an absolutely amazing feat.

Montero signed for just $80,000 because he was generally considered to be four years older than most players that sign out of the Dominican Republic giving the Mets an absolute steal.  Montero is now 24 years old and was pitching in one of the most hitter friendly leagues in the Pacific Coast League sporting a 3.18 ERA and a 2.5 BB/9 and 8.6 K/9 ratio in 13 home starts.

Montero does not sport a "plus" pitch but can throw three pitches with above average control and command to make him a solid all around pitcher. Montero throws a fastball that has some cut and some sinking action along with a changeup and a slider that is developing.

Montero is either going to come in and completely dominate this Yankees squad or the Yankees are going to bomb him, there will be no in between tonight at Citi Field. Enjoy the game Yankees family.

1 comment:

  1. Well I guess I had this scheduled to post on the wrong day.... whoops


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