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Rafael Montero to make five starts in winter ball

By Danny Abriano

Rafael Montero, who posted a 4.06 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 44.1 innings pitched (eight starts), for the Mets in 2014 during his rookie campaign, will make five starts in winter ball in the Dominican Republic.

In 80 innings pitched for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2014, Montero put up a 3.60 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

Montero, who turns 24 on Friday, tossed a combined 130.1 innings between the minors and the majors in 2014.

In 2013, Montero threw 154.4 innings, meaning he’s roughly 55 innings below this year’s cap.


Unless he throws five complete games in winter ball, Montero will not hit his innings cap. Translation: he’s not going to hit it.

Still, Montero can use this time in winter ball to hopefully regain the pinpoint control that was absent during large stretches of his 2014 campaign.

At present, Montero is likely on the outside looking in as far as a spot in the 2015 rotation is concerned.

With Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Jon Niese, Bartolo Colon, and Dillon Gee, the Mets simply don’t have room for Montero on the roster.

However, the likelihood of a trade is strong. Aside from Montero, Noah Syndergaard, and the quickly rising Steven Matz, the Mets have six major league starters for five spots. One – or perhaps two – pitchers will have to be dealt.

For now, Montero will work on his game in the Dominican Republic while the Mets figure out what to do with their plethora of staring pitching options.