Has pretty good stuff, and even better demeanor when on the hill. Is pretty deceptive due to his long arms and three-quarters delivery. Sets up hitters very well.
Doesn't have ideal size for a pitcher, so injuries are always a concern here. Also, he could stand to improve his so-so slider in order to maximize his starting upside.
Solid right-hander with some upside.
Movements & Injuries
Optioned to Las Vegas (AAA).
Recalled from Las Vegas (AAA).
Optioned to Las Vegas (AAA).
Contract purchased from Las Vegas (AAA).
Assigned by the New York Mets to their minor league camp.
Invited to spring training by the New York Mets.
Assigned to minor league camp.
Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the New York Mets.
Mets RHP prospect Montero makes 2nd rehab | 07/15/2014 11:15 AM
Mets right-handed pitching prospect Rafael Montero threw four shutout innings in his second rehab appearance, striking out for batters and scattering two hits and one walk for High-A on Monday.
This was Montero's second rehab appearance, and he could be back with Triple-A Las Vegas shortly. He projects as a mid-rotation option, and could see more time with the Mets this season, particularly if they trade Bartolo Colon and don't promote Noah Syndergaard.
Mets prospect Montero has strained oblique | 06/16/2014 8:01 AM
Mets right-handed pitching prospect Rafael Montero has been diagnosed with a strained left oblique. There has been no word as to whether Montero will be placed on the disabled list.
Montero was inconsistent in his time with the Mets, and struggled in his first two starts back in Triple-A before leaving his third start after just one batter. He could see more time in Queens before the end of the season, and is a solid rotation option for the Mets in the future.
Mets RHP Montero leaves start with injury | 06/15/2014 10:00 AM
Mets right-handed pitching prospect Rafael Montero left his start on Saturday after five pitches with an injury to his left side.
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Injuries in that area tend to be related to a rib cage or an oblique, but the team has released no further information.
Rafael Montero on way to Triple-A | 05/31/2014 12:55 PM
The Mets have decided to send Rafael Montero back to Triple-A following his poor performance Friday.
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If the Mets didn't need an extra pitcher after their 14-inning game, then perhaps Montero would have stuck around. He might fit best as a middle reliever right now anyway. However, since the Mets do need the fresh arm in the form of Buddy Carlyle, Montero was the obvious candidate to go. Daisuke Matsuzaka could move into the rotation in his place.
Montero struggles Friday vs. Phillies | 05/31/2014 1:13 AM
Rafael Montero was chased after giving up four runs (three earned) over 3 2/3 innings against the Phillies on Friday.
Montero got into a mess of trouble in the fourth inning -- including a three-run homer from Domonic Brown -- before being pulled. All told, he allowed seven hits and two walks while failing to notch a strikeout. Through his first four starts in the majors, Montero has a 5.40 ERA and 17/11 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He'll need to show more consistency in order to be an option in fantasy leagues.
Rafael Montero whiffs 10 in no-decision | 05/25/2014 4:42 PM
Rafael Montero struck out 10 and allowed just two hits over six innings but had to settle for a no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.
Montero issued three free passes, but he was pretty much in control after a solo blast from Chris Owings two batters into the game. An elevated pitch count (113) meant a relatively short outing despite a strong performance. It was easily Montero's best showing in his first three starts. He'll try to keep it going next weekend in Philly.
Montero falls to 0-2 with 5 ER in 4 1/3 IP | 05/20/2014 11:41 PM
Rafael Montero took his second loss of the season after allowing five runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Dodgers on Tuesday.
Montero allowed seven hits, including a home run to Adrian Gonzalez, while walking four and striking out four. The rookie right-hander hasn't been terribly effective at generating swings and misses, getting only five of them in his start last Wednesday and seven against the Dodgers. Montero will look to get off the schneid in his next start against the Diamondbacks.
Rafael Montero takes loss in MLB debut | 05/14/2014 10:29 PM
Rafael Montero took a loss after allowing three runs in six innings against the Yankees in his major league debut.
Montero was solid despite allowing two homers, but solid wasn't nearly good enough with Masahiro Tanaka also on the mound tonight. Expectations are that the 23-year-old will get home starts against the Dodgers and Diamondbacks next week, making him a pretty good play in mixed leagues.