Tuesday, August 07, 2012
St. Lucie's Rafael Montero Pulled after 7.2 innings of No-Hit Baseball
by Jason Frank
Rafael Montero of the St Lucie Mets was having himself an outstanding game against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Montero pitches for the Class A Advanced Port.St Lucie Mets, and on Tuesday night, he was pulled from the game with two outs in the 7th, without allowing a hit. Why manager Ryan Ellis took him out, I have no idea, but it better have been a good reason. Montero's overall stats for the game include only 3 walks, five strikeouts, while throwing 110 pitches over 7.2 innings. For the year, Rafael is 4-2 with a 2.51 ERA and 51 strikeouts. He is considered a top 10-15 prospect in the organization, and is having a very solid year.
Montero was dominant in this game, and made that clear from the get-go. The St.Lucie Mets were flirting with a team no-hitter, but that ended in the bottom of the ninth when pitcher Kyle Allen gave up a double. It will be very interesting to hear the explanation after the game for pulling Montero. Even though he didn't finish the game, it is still encouraging to know the Mets have another live arm in their farm system. He has been very consistent this season, and this just goes to show that the Mets have another pitcher that is a big part of their future. I am sure this is a performance Rafael Montero will never forget.