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Mets 101 Seven in Seven Series: Top New York Mets Prospects #2 – Rafael Montero

February 16th, 2014 at 10:09 PM
By Steve Popoloski

Mets 101's Seven in Seven series returns in time for 2014. Each week, the Mets 101 staff will begin a countdown of something related to the New York Mets (i.e. best third baseman, worst defeat, etc.). We will begin our countdown from number seven and work our way to number one over the course of a week. This week marks our final countdown of the offseason as the Mets begin spring training on Saturday, and we will continue our annual tradition by ranking the top seven Mets' prospects in the farm system. We continue our countdown today with a look at the second best prospect in the Mets' farm system, starting pitcher Rafael Montero.

2) SP Rafael Montero

Acquired: Signed as an international free agent, January 20, 2011

History: In just three seasons, Rafael Montero has gone from an unknown to one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. Signed by the Mets as a 20-year old out of the Dominican Republic prior to the 2011 season, Montero has moved rapidly through the Mets farm system, from Rookie ball all the way to AAA and could debut in the major leagues as soon as 2014.

Montero split the 2013 season between AA Binghamton and AAA Las Vegas, posting a combined record of 12-7 with a 2.78 ERA in 27 starts (155.1 innings pitched). He also struck out 150 batters with a 4.29 K/BB ratio, although his strikeout totals dipped a bit in AAA.

Pros: Ability to hit mid-90's with his fastball, injury free as a pro so far

Cons: Lacks a repitoire of dominant "out" pitches, has a fairly small frame at 6'0", 170 lbs.

Major League ETA: 2014

2014 Outlook: Montero will be in the mix for the fifth starter job in Spring Training, although the Mets would most certainly prefer to fill that spot with a veteran arm and let him continue to develop. Look for Montero to pick up where he left off in 2013, starting games for the AAA Las Vegas 51's although he'll most likely see some time in New York, perhaps later in the season.

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Just because the Super Bowl left NY/NJ it doesn't mean the NFL action is over. Come see the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Liberty Science Center see jerseys worn by legends, make the tough call under the hood, try on equipment and get immersed into football like never before.

Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Rafael Montero, Seven in Seven

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