September 9, 2013

Prospect Profile: Rafael Montero

Bio: 6'0" 170 lbs from the Dominican Republic. Age 22.
Drafted: Undrafted.
Acquired: Signed as an international free agent in January 2011. 

Scouting Report:
The word on Montero is 'control'. His primary pitch is his fastball which usually registers 92-94 mph, but features late movement that makes it his best offering. His secondary pitches include both a slider and a change-up that comes in at 81-84 mph. Both pitches grade as average. In reality it is Montero's control that makes up for his weak secondary pitches, as he is likely to pitch to contact without a true 'strikeout pitch'.

2013 Stats (to date):
Binghamton (AA): 7-3, 2.43 ERA, 51 H, 18 ER, 72 K, 10 BB (11 starts)
Las Vegas (AAA): 5-4, 3.05 ERA, 85 H 30 ER, 78 K, 25 BB (16 starts)

Due to a lack of above average secondary pitches, Montero projects as a middle of he rotation starter. His control figures to be his best quality, and as a result he is well regarded amongst scouts. 

What's Next:
Montero's future with the Mets is in some question. If the organization explores the trade market this winter, he figures to be much discussed in any package the Mets put together, especially if the Mets are sincere about their unwillingness to trade Noah Snydergaard. If he does survive the winter, expect Montero to compete for a spot in the 2014 starting rotation.

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