Rafael Montero, one of the Mets top pitching prospects, may be on track to make his major league debut on Wednesday at Citi Field against the Yankees.
Mar 7, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in spring training action at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Prior to Saturday’s loss at Citi Field, Terry Collins would not commit to Jenrry Mejia making his start on Wednesday, and intimated that it would be someone from Las Vegas – most likely Montero – taking Mejia’s spot in the rotation.
While Montero’s debut may come at the expense of Jenrry Mejia being shifted to the bullpen, that’s a debate for a different space.
So far in 2014 for Triple-A Las Vegas, Montero has a 3.67 ERA and 1.15 WHIP while pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He’s allowed 30 hits and walked 18 batters in 41.2 innings pitched over eight starts.
During his last start, Montero didn’t allow a hit in 5.1 innings of work.
Rafael Montero is major league ready.
It was thought that the Mets would wait until after the Super Two date passes (which will likely be in the second week of June) to promote Montero, but it appears that they’re willing to make the call earlier.
Most view Montero as a potential number three starter, and it’s easy to see why.
He has a fastball that sits in the low-90s and touches the mid-90s, workable secondary offerings, and impeccable control.
After Montero debuts, the countdown to Noah Syndergaard‘s debut will begin. However, Montero is exciting in his own right.