Showing posts with label Rafael Montero. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rafael Montero. Show all posts

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/20: Montero shaky for Vegas, Flores continues to Hit in loss

Rafael Montero

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/20:

Mets AAA - SALT LAKE 3, LAS VEGAS 0: Caleb Clay went the distance in a three-hit shutout for the Bees. Rafael Montero allowed one run on five hits and three walks in four innings in his first Triple-A appearance since June 14. Montero had been dealing with a strained left oblique. Wilmer Flores went 1-for-4 with a seventh-inning single to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. That is the longest streak by a Las Vegas player since J.P. Arencibia had a 21-game streak in 2010 while Vegas was affiliated with the Blue Jays. The Vegas record is 37 games by Joey Cora in 1989. Erik Goeddel allowed two runs in the sixth. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 2: Brian Burgamy belted a pair of two-run homers and Dustin Lawley contributed his team-leading 18th long ball. With Kyle Johnson on second base, Burgamy launched the first pitch he saw from Dan Camarena in the first inning into the rail yard beyond the left-field wall. Burgamy snapped an 0-for-18 drought with the shot. Lawley followed by lining an 0-1 pitch just over the left-field fence, giving Binghamton a 3-0 lead. Burgamy struck again in the fifth. After Dilson Herrera ripped his first triple as a B-Met, Burgamy blistered the first pitch he saw off the message board in left field for his 17th homer and a 5-0 lead. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey retired the first five Thunder batters he faced before surrendering a double to Tyler Austin. Peavey responded by retiring 13 of the next 14 batters he faced. Trenton threatened in the seventh, putting the first two aboard via a hit batter and a single. Peavey rebounded with consecutive strikeouts before Francisco Arcia looped a single to shallow left. Rob Segedin scampered home from second with Trenton’s first run before Gary Sanchez was nabbed at third on the play. The Thunder pulled within three runs in the eighth against reliever Jack Leathersich. After Casey Stevenson advanced to third on a double play, Ben Gamel lined an RBI single. Cody Satterwhite worked around a two-out single in a scoreless ninth to secure his eighth save. Peavey (7-1) allowed one run on four hits while collecting seven strikeouts over seven innings. Box

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/14: Montero comes back strong with St.Lucie

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/14:

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 11, ERIE 4: Darrell Ceciliani homered twice and Brandon Nimmo also went deep and the B-Mets head into the Eastern League All-Star break a season-high 20 games over .500. Starter Gabriel Ynoa (2-0) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. With the B-Mets trailing 1-0 in the second, Ceciliani sent Jeff Ferrell’s first pitch over the right-center wall for his first homer since June 10. Binghamton took a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Jayce Boyd ripped a two-out double that plated T.J. Rivera from first base. Binghamton ended Ferrell’s night in the fifth. Dilson Herrera doubled to score Kyle Johnson from first. Two batters later, Travis Taijeron singled to collect his 46th RBI of the season. Following a single from Rivera, Ceciliani delivered a first-pitch three-run homer inside the right-field pole. Nimmo had a two-run homer against Bryan Augenstein in the sixth. Binghamton tacked on two more runs against Will Startup in the seventh. After laboring through the first inning, Ynoa chewed through the next four frames without allowing a run. Ramon Cabrera ended the streak with a leadoff homer in the sixth, which became Ynoa’s final frame. Three B-Mets relievers combined to take the game to the finish line, allowing two runs on three hits over 3 1/3 innings. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 3, LAKELAND 2
ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 1: In Game 1, Rafael Montero dominated in what essentially was a rehab start as he works back from a left oblique strain. He blanked the Flying Tigers over four innings, allowing two singles and one walk while striking out four. He threw 64 pitches (40 strikes). Maikis De La Cruz gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the second with a sac fly that plated Aderlin Rodriguez. Phillip Evans put the Mets up 2-0 with a solo homer against Yorfrank Lopez in the fourth. It was the second straight game with a long ball for Evans, who now has four this season. The Flying Tigers cut the Mets' lead to 2-1 in the sixth when Andy Dirks scored from third on a passed ball by Cam Maron. However, Maron doubled to lead off the bottom half and scored on Rodriguez’s single. Austin Green blasted a solo homer against Paul Sewald in the seventh to complete the scoring. Sewald settled down to strike out James Robbins and Jared Reaves. Lance Durham grounded out to end the game. Jake Kuebler allowed one run in 1 2/3 relief innings and earned the win. Sewald notched his sixth save.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mets News: Rafael Montero has Oblique Strain

Mets News:

Right-hander Rafael Montero, who left Saturday's start for Triple-A Las Vegas after five pitches, officially has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain.

He joins Noah Syndergaard on the shelf with the Pacific Coast League club. Syndergaard is recovering from a sprained A/C joint in his left, non-throwing shoulder, which he suffered covering home plate.

UPDATE: Syndergaard is listed to come off the DL and start Monday for Las Vegas.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/14: Rafael Montero Injured, Gorski Picks Up Win, d'Arnaud hits HR

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/14:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 7, OKLAHOMA CITY 1: Rafael Montero departed after only five pitches after a visit from the trainer with an injury to his left side. Travis d'Arnaud produced a two-run homer in the third inning that staked Vegas to a 2-1 lead. D'Arnaud finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He now has four homers in 24 at-bats since his demotion and is hitting .417. Darin Gorski took over for Montero in the first and limited the RedHawks to one run on five hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. Ryan Reid completed the game with two scoreless relief innings. The ex-Pirate Reid, an offseason waiver claim by the Mets, upped his streak without allowing an earned run to 22 2/3 innings. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 4, ERIE 2 - BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 0: Hansel Robles tossed a seven-inning shutout in the nightcap. He limited Erie to three hits and one walk while striking out five. Brian Burgamy, Matt Reynolds, Matt Clark and Travis Taijeron all homered for the B-Mets in Game 2. Burgamy finished the doubleheader 5-for-6. In Game 1, Binghamton overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run fourth. Taijeron had a go-ahead two-run single and Kyle Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly. Adam Kolarek recorded the final four outs for his second save. Starter Tyler Pill (4-5) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Box 1, Box 2

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/3: Montero a little shaky in Vegas

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/3:

Mets AAA - RENO 6 LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings in his return to Vegas. He threw 99 pitches (63 strikes) and got the no-decision. Kai Gronauer's sac fly in the bottom of the ninth pulled Vegas within a run, but the tying run was stranded on first base when Zach Lutz flied out. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 15, ALTOONA 6: Matt Clark and Kevin Plawecki had four hits apiece as the B-Mets hammered out a season-high 19 hits and snapped an eight-game road losing streak. Plawecki launched his sixth homer and collected four RBIs. The Curve did tag Tyler Pill for three first-inning runs. Meanwhile, Altoona starter Zack Dodson kept the B-Mets in check before unraveling in the fifth. A throwing error by third baseman Jarek Cunningham started the frame. Darrell Ceciliani followed by launching his second homer of the season, cutting Altoona’s lead to 3-2. Two batters later, Matt Reynolds -- returning from a five-game absence for a back issue -- started a hit barrage. Reynolds singled and Plawecki, Dustin Lawley and Cory Vaughn followed with consecutive run-producing hits. Vaughn’s RBI single ended Dodson’s night. Joan Montero took over and allowed both inherited runners to score. Pill put his rocky first inning in the rearview mirror and cruised through his final five innings. Following his two-out walk in the opening frame, he retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced, including 11 straight at one point. Clark and Plawecki collected RBI singles against Montero in the sixth. Brian Burgamy added a run-scoring single in the seventh against Matt Benedict. Vaughn had an RBI double in the eighth. After Pill departed, Hamilton Bennett tossed a scoreless seventh. The lefty surrendered a three-run homer in the eighth following an inning-extending error by Reynolds at shortstop. The B-Mets teed off against outfielder Andy Vasquez in the ninth after the he was summoned to pitch. Plawecki launched a two-run homer and Vaughn crushed his third homer of the season. Pill (3-5) allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. It was the most runs the B-Mets have scored since they plated 15 against New Hampshire on April 21, 2013. Lawley had been activated from the DL before the game. Box

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mets News: Mets Call Up Buddy Carlyle for Insurance to Bullpen, Montero Might be Sent down??

Mets News:

Veteran reliever Buddy Carlyle is headed to Philly to aid an overworked Mets relief corps.

The reinforcement was needed after Rafael Montero lasted only 3 2/3 innings and Terry Collins exhausted his bullpen in a 14-inning loss to the Phillies on Friday.

The corresponding move was not yet clear, but a source suggested Montero could be optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to open the spot, which would presumably mean Daisuke Matsuzaka stepping into the rotation, potentially until Dillon Gee returns from the disabled list.

Carlyle is 1-1 with a 1.27 ERA and one save in 21 1/3 innings with Vegas spanning 18 relief appearances. The 36-year-old right-hander has appeared in the majors during parts of seven seasons, with the Padres, Dodgers, Braves and Yankees.

Carlyle will have to travel from El Paso, Texas, where the 51s are currently playing.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Preview: Game 54 - Mets at Phillies - Montero (0-2) vs Burnett (3-4)

Preview: Game 54
New York Mets (25-28) at Philadelphia Phillies (23-28)

Probable Pitchers:
Rafael Montero (0-2) 4.96 ERA vs A.J. Burnett (3-4) 3.51 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:05 PM


Rookie Rafael Montero will try to keep up the pace as he seeks his first career victory.

The Mets try to win four straight for the first time since July when they take on the host Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.

New York (25-28) has gotten a 1.61 ERA from its starters in the past seven games and 7 2/3 scoreless innings from the bullpen during the winning streak. Zack Wheeler struck out nine and walked none in 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball to beat the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday, the Mets' fourth win in five contests.

Combining on the final seven outs, relievers Vic Black and Jenrry Mejia struck out six.

Montero (0-2, 4.96 ERA) has played a part in the strong recent pitching performances with solid efforts in two of his first three career starts, but he's received two total runs of support. He turned in his best game Sunday, giving up two hits in six innings and allowing one run on a homer in a 2-1 loss to Arizona.

The right-hander, who didn't get the decision, will be facing Philadelphia for the first time as he tries to lead New York to its first four-game run since July 7-10.

Chris Young hit a two-run homer Thursday for the Mets, who got an 11-game road trip off to a strong start. Young entered with three hits in his last 35 at-bats.

The Phillies (23-28) will send struggling A.J. Burnett (3-4, 3.51) to the mound. The right-hander has gone 1/3 with a 6.26 ERA in his last four games, giving up six runs -- four earned -- and a season-high 11 hits in seven innings of 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

However, Burnett has had success against the Mets, posting a 3.39 ERA in 20 career starts despite a 5-6 record. He's been dominant against them in his last five matchups, going 3-0 with 1.59 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 34 innings.

Philadelphia has been wildly inconsistent offensively, scoring two or fewer runs in four of its last seven games and 20 in the other three. It's alternated wins and losses in the last six contests.

One night after scoring four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Colorado, the Phillies mustered four hits Thursday.

The club avoided being shut out for the sixth time in 14 home games Thursday but fell into last place in the NL East.

Veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu is 23 for 70 (.329) with eight doubles and two homers against Burnett, though he has also struck out 20 times in their matchups. He's expected to start Friday.

Abreu had gone 5 for 11 in his previous three games before making a pinch-hitting appearance Thursday.

Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud returned from the seven-day concussion list and went 0 for 4.

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Preview: Game 48/49 Doubleheader - D'Backs at Mets - Arroyo/Montero - Spruill/Dice-K

Preview: Game 48/49 Doubleheader
Arizona Diamondbacks (19-31) (13-13 Road) at New York Mets (21-26) (10-15 Home)

Pitching Probables: 
Game 1 - Bronson Arroyo (4-3) 4.45 ERA vs Rafael Montero (0-2) 6.97 ERA
Game 2 - Zeke Spruill  (0-0) 0.00 ERA vs Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0) 2.14 ERA

Game 1 - TV - SNY - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 1:10 PM
Game 2 - TV - WPIX 11 - Radio - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch - 4:10 PM


The New York Mets are struggling to score runs at Citi Field, and Lucas Duda took responsibility for the latest effort.

They'll have plenty of chances to begin changing that in Sunday's single-admission doubleheader against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

New York (21-26) is among baseball's worst offensive teams at home, hitting .213 and averaging 3.1 runs. The Mets are hitting .197 with runners in scoring position during a 2-7 stretch in Queens.

They stranded eight runners in Saturday's 3-2 loss to Arizona (19-31) -- with Duda being responsible for seven while going 0 for 4 and striking out with the bases loaded.

A doubleheader, scheduled after Friday's rainout, offers Duda and the Mets a chance at redemption.

Rafael Montero (0-2, 6.97 ERA) certainly needs some offensive help. The right-hander has received one run of support in his first two career starts as he continues to battle fellow rookie Jacob deGrom for a spot in the rotation.

Montero's didn't help himself Tuesday, giving up five runs and seven hits while issuing four walks in 4 1/3 innings of a 9-4 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Bronson Arroyo (4-3, 4.45) is scheduled to start opposite Montero, and he allowed five runs -- all with two outs -- and two homers in seven innings of a 5-0 loss at St. Louis on Tuesday. He had won his three previous outings while yielding one earned run in 23 1/3 innings.

The right-hander has gone 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA over his last five road games against the Mets, with his most recent visit to Citi Field coming June 15, 2012. He was hammered for nine runs and 10 hits while being pulled with one out in the fourth inning of a 9-0 defeat to New York on April 15.

The Diamondbacks are expected to turn to Zeke Spruill in the second game of the doubleheader.

The right-hander went 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA in six games with Arizona last year, and he lost both of his starts. One of them was a 9-5 defeat to the Mets on Aug. 11 in which he allowed five runs in three innings.

Spruill, though, allowed two unearned runs in 13 1/3 innings while winning his last two starts for Triple-A Reno.

Spruill will try to cool off David Wright, who is 13 for 29 (.448) during a seven-game hitting streak after coming within a triple of the cycle Saturday. The third baseman also owns a .385 average with seven RBIs over his past nine meetings with Arizona.

The Mets are expected to counter Spruill by giving Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0, 2.14) his first start of the

The right-hander's most extensive outing of 2013 came May 13, when he allowed one run while tossing 56 pitches in 3 2/3 innings of a 12-7 win over the Yankees. He's totaled that many innings and 59 pitches over three relief appearances since.

Matsuzaka went 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts with the Mets last year after spending his first six with Boston.

He's facing the Diamondbacks for the first time since June 10, 2007.

Predicted Game 1 Mets Lineup:

  1. Eric Young - LF
  2. Daniel Murphy - 2B
  3. David Wright - 3B
  4. Curtis Granderson - RF
  5. Chris Young - CF
  6. Eric Campbell - 1B
  7. Juan Centeno - C
  8. Ruben Tejada - SS
  9. Rafael Montero - RHP

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Preview: Game 44 - Dodgers (23-22) at Mets (20-23) - Beckett (1-1) vs Montero (0-1) - Granderson Likes Hitting Beckett

Preview: Game 44
Dodgers (23-22) at Mets (20-23)
Probable Pitchers - Josh Beckett (1-1) 2.38 ERA vs Rafael Montero (0-1) 4.50 ERA
TV - SNY - Radio  - WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10PM


Dodger starter Josh Beckett will look to win his second in a row and he will be opposed by Mets Prospect Rafael Montero, who is hoping for a strong outing to preserve his spot in the rotation as Dillon Gee works his way toward a return.

Montero, one of the Mets' top pitching prospects, lost 4-0 to the New York Yankees in his major league debut Wednesday. The right-hander surrendered three runs on five hits in six innings and was stung by a pair of home runs.

Prior to last Tuesday's 7-1 Dodger home win over Miami in which he allowed an unearned run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings, Beckett (1-1, 2.38 ERA) hadn't won in 14 starts since Sept. 30, 2012. He has a 1.67 ERA in his last six outings, and he's crediting that success to catcher A.J. Ellis urging him to mix in his curveball more frequently.

He hasn't faced the Mets since 2009 and is 6-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 14 matchups. David Wright is 1 for 18 against him. Curtis Granderson is the opposite batting .297 (11 for 37) with a 2B,  2 3B, 3 HR's and 5 RBi's vs Beckett. Chris Young has 3 hits in 10 AB's off Beckett...

The Dodgers (23-22) have won nine of 10 against New York (20-23), a trend that could continue if the Mets don't pick it up offensively. They've hit .188 and scored 10 runs while losing four of five, and they're 5-12 in May.

In addition to the struggling offense, the Mets made a pair of errors in Sunday's 6-3 loss in Washington, one of which resulted in a two-run third inning for the Nationals.

The Dodgers have also struggled lately, dropping six of their last eight series, including a three-game set in Arizona after Sunday's 5-3 defeat.

Adrian Gonzalez went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer as the Dodgers continued to produce offensively. They've averaged 5.4 runs and gotten on base at a .369 clip in their last eight games, but it's resulted in a 4-4 record partly because of a 5.58 ERA. Los Angeles' 37 errors are among the most in the majors.

Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. is 2 for 24 in his last six games, while second baseman Daniel Murphy has a 10-game hitting streak.

Mets need to start hitting and Montero has to shut down a very dangerous lineup. LGM!

Batter/Pitcher Splits:

Monday, May 19, 2014

What's on Deck - Dodgers at Mets (3 Game Series) - Pitching Matchups - Dodgers News and Notes

What's on Deck - Mets at Dodgers (3 Game Series)


Pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Josh Beckett (1-1, 2.38) VS. RHP Rafael Montero (0-1, 4.50), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday:  LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-2, 3.00) VS. RHP Jacob deGrom (0-1, 1.29) , 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Greinke (7-1, 2.03) VS. LHP Jon Niese (2-3, 2.54), 7:10 p.m. ET

Dodgers News and Notes:

The Mets will have Rafael Montero going for his first win and his second start of the season. Jacob deGrom will pitch in the second game and will hopefully have a better offensive showing than last time as he lost 1-0 in his first MLB game. And Jon Niese will pitch the finale, who imploded a little bit in his last start going only 4 innings, giving up 8 hits, 3 runs and will look to bounce back.

Josh Beckett on Tuesday earned his first win since Sept. 30, 2012. He had been 0-6 in 14 starts. Beckett did not pitch after mid-May last season and ultimately underwent surgery to remove a rib. That procedure attempted to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome -- a pinched nerve affecting his right arm. For the season, the 34-year-old Beckett leads the L.A. rotation in WHIP (1.056) and hits per nine innings (6.3). Beckett is throwing his fastball a career-low 35.5 percent of the time. He now throws a curveball a career-high 30.1 percent.

Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a four-inning simulated game Friday and will reenter the rotation Wednesday, officially pushing originally listed starter Paul Maholm to the bullpen. That also could push reliever Chris Withrow to the minors despite a 2.77 ERA, because Withrow is not out of options. Ryu landed on the DL with left-shoulder inflammation.

Maholm (1-4, 5.40 ERA) enters the series off a start against the Miami Marlins in which he allowed 10 runs (five earned) on 11 hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Reed Johnson homered against him on a 62 mph curveball, the slowest pitch resulting in a long ball in the majors since Jose Bautista sent a 61.7 mph offering also from Maholm over the outfield wall on May 28, 2013, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Maholm made three relief appearances in March/April, including during the club’s season-opening trip to Australia.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Preview: Game 39 - Yankees (19-19) at Mets (19-19) - Tanaka (5-0) 2.57 ERA vs Montero (Debut)

Preview: Game 39
New York Yankees (19-19) at New York Mets (19-19)

Pitching Probables - Masahiro Tanaka (5-0) 2.57 ERA vs Rafael Montero (MLB Debut)
TV - SNY/ESPN - Radio -  WOR 710 AM - First Pitch 7:10 PM


The Undefeated Masahiro Tanaka (5-0) has been one of the bright spots in a depleted Yankee Rotation. He has been exactly as advertised and maybe more to the Yanks.

While Mets top prospect Rafael Montero doesn't have nearly the same pedigree Tanaka has, but the club is hoping he can provide a similar impact.

Tanaka will oppose Montero, who is set to make his big league debut as the Subway Series shifts to Citi Field on Wednesday night.

After going 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2013, Tanaka (5-0, 2.57 ERA) has baffled big league hitters with his nasty arsenal of pitches. The right-hander has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his first seven starts, and his 8.29 strikeout-to-walk ratio is the third-best mark in baseball.

Tanaka was at it again Friday, yielding two runs over 6 1/3 innings in a 5-3 victory at Milwaukee.

Tanaka struck out seven and walked one, throwing 71 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

Tanaka will get his first look at the crosstown Mets (19-19), who are eager to see what they have in Montero. The 23-year-old right-hander went 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA while striking out 41 over eight starts spanning 41 2/3 innings at Triple-A Las Vegas.

The future appears to be now for the Mets, who also recalled highly-touted Jacob deGrom on Tuesday.

The Mets (19-19) return home seeking a season-best fourth straight win after sweeping a two-game set at Yankee Stadium. Curtis Granderson went a combined 4 for 8 against his former team, belting a two-run homer in Monday's 9-7 victory and a three-run shot in Tuesday's 12-7 win.

The Mets are 6-0 against the Yankees since the start of last season, outscoring them 37-21 during the second-longest winning streak between these teams. The Yankees put together seven straight victories in the series spanning the 2002 and '03 seasons.

The Yankees (19-19) have surrendered 32 runs during a season-worst four-game skid.

Yankees third baseman Yangervis Solarte is 14 for 28 with two homers and nine RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.

David Wright has hit safely in 11 straight, going 20 for 51 (.392) with eight extra-base hits and 10 RBIs. He's batting .364 with two homers and eight RBIs in his last 11 against the Yankees.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Mets News: Mets Resculpting Pitching Staff (Updated) - Montero, deGrom, Mejia to get new roles..

Mets News:

Rafael Montero is due to join the Mets for the Subway Series and will start Wednesday, Sandy Alderson told ESPN NY.

This year, he is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA in eight starts for the 51s. He tossed 5 1/3 no-hit innings in his last Triple-A start.

Jenrry Mejia will move to the bullpen.

Also, Jacob deGrom was scratched from Monday's Las Vegas start. He will be called up Tuesday and Gonzalez Germen was placed on the 15 day DL with a virus. DeGrom will work out of the bullpen.

DeGrom, 25, is 4-0 with a 2.58 ERA in seven Triple-A starts this season. His fastball typically sits at 91-94 mph. The sinker is complemented by a slider and a changeup.

Mets will probably make another move on Wednesday, as speculated the casualty could be Jose Valverde.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mets Rumors: Rafael Montero to get start in Subway Series?

Mets Rumors:

Jenrry Mejia's spot in the New York Mets' rotation is in serious jeopardy, and the team could call up 23-year-old Rafael Montero to make his major-league debut next week in the Subway Series against the New York Yankees.

According to reports, Mejia met briefly Saturday afternoon with manager Terry Collins, who told him only that the Mets have yet to make a decision on whether he'll make his next start, scheduled for Wednesday night at Citi Field against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka. Mejia is 3-0 with a 5.06 ERA, but he's coming off three consecutive subpar starts.

While reports say Collins didn't use Montero's name, he admitted calling up someone from Triple-A Las Vegas is a real possibility, rather than giving a start to Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Montero pitched 5 1/3 hitless innings in a Friday night start for Las Vegas, and while he needed 98 pitches to get 16 outs, the Mets believe he's a strike-thrower who won't have command trouble in the big leagues.

Montero is one of the Mets' top pitching prospects, and there was always a thought that he could come to the big leagues at some point this season. The original speculation was that it wouldn't be this soon.

Montero, who finished last season at Triple-A, is 4-1 with a 3.67 ERA in eight starts for the 51s this season.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/9: Montero pitches 5+ hitless innings in Vegas win

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/9:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 3: Rafael Montero pitched 5 1/3 hitless innings for the 51s, before leaving the game because he had already thrown 98 pitches. Montero walked three and struck out five. Reliever Buddy Carlyle gave up a double to Taylor Lindsey, the first Salt Lake batter he faced in the sixth. Daniel Muno and Andrew Brown homered for Las Vegas. Brown has six home runs in just 15 Triple-A games this season, along with the one homer he hit for the Mets on Opening Day. Zach Lutz had two hits and drove in two runs. Josh Edgin pitched the ninth for his second save. Box

Friday, May 09, 2014

Mets Rumors: The Bullpen Plan - Montero to get called up?

Mets Rumors:

According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, the plan for the Mets bullpen revolves on tonight's start for Jenrry Mejia. If he performs, he will stay in the Mets rotation otherwise he could be in the bullpen. The Mets believe Mejia could benefit from working out of the pen. They have him on a undetermined innings limit and could help him.

That could have Daisuke Matsuzaka back in the rotation and could draw a call from Triple-A Vegas and bring up Rafael Montero. At first, it was much believed that Jacob deGrom could've been the first call up, but Andy Martino debunked that rumor that in his report.

The plan is to have Montero work some innings out of the pen for Vegas and call him up for Major League action.. If Montero got called up, that would leave veterans Kyle Farnsworth or Jose Valverde on the chopping block.

Mets insiders say if Mejia or Dice-K can't hold down 5th spot there is also a option to put Montero in there.

The plan all starts tonight to see if Mejia is the answer in either the Mets rotation or bullpen, more to follow...

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Mets News: Next Step - deGrom, Montero to get bullpen work in Triple-A Vegas


Mets News:

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told on Friday that Jacob deGrom and/or Rafael Montero may soon begin relief work at Triple-A Las Vegas.

"I think we're at the point where anything is possible," Alderson said.

DeGrom, 25, is 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA in six starts. Rafael Montero, 23, is 3-1 with a 4.31 ERA in six starts.

Alderson said the bullpen work at Vegas will be a "first step, but not a necessary step" toward introducing deGrom and/or Montero to the majors in the bullpen this season.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/29: Montero allows 3 earned runs in loss for Vegas

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/29:

Mets AAA - RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 5: Starter Rafael Montero allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits and four walks in four innings. He threw 93 pitches (54 strikes). Vegas committed four errors as Reno took a 7-1 lead. Juan Lagares had a pinch-hit double. He is due to start Wednesday for the 51s, then be activated from the disabled list on Thursday in Denver. Wilmer Flores, who jammed a finger Sunday, returned to the lineup but started at first base rather than shorstop. The 51s pulled within two runs in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Cesar Puello and Eric Campbell's RBI single. Box

Mets AA - AKRON 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Hansel Robles surrendered a game-tying two-run homer to Giovanny Urshela in the sixth and the RubberDucks took the decisive lead an inning later against Jack Leathersich. Binghamton had raced to a 3-1 lead. Kyle Johnson opened the game by getting hit by Kyle Davies’ 1-2 pitch. Johnson moved into scoring position when Dustin Lawley walked. Matt Clark brought him home with a single. Tyler Naquin used his speed to tie the score in the bottom half. The Akron leadoff hitter singled, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Francisco Lindor's groundout. With Xorge Carrillo on second base in the second inning, Wilfredo Tovar launched a 2-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his first homer of the season. Robles got into trouble in the sixth. Naquin capped an eight-pitch at-bat with a leadoff double. Two batters later, Urshela lifted an 0-2 pitch over the left-field fence, tying the score at 3. Akron then chased Robles with back-to-back two-out singles. Leathersich (1-1) entered and struck out Tony Wolters to prevent further damage. Akron grabbed its first lead an inning later. Justin Toole singled and moved into scoring position on Naquin’s bunt. With two outs,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/18: Nimmo has four hits in St.Lucie win, Montero goes 4 innings in Vegas Loss

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/18:

Mets AAA - RENO 10, LAS VEGAS 7 (11): Rafael Montero started and went four innings, giving up four runs on six hits (including one home run), with six strikeouts and three walks. Vic Black pitched a scoreless eighth, ninth and 10th innings, but Jeff Walters surrendered a three-run homer to Didi Gregorious in the bottom of the 11th to end the ballgame. Eric Campbell went 3-for-5 and Taylor Teagarden and Anthony Seratelli hit home runs for the 51s. Bobby Abreu went 1-for-5 with a double and a walk. Box

Mets AA - NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 3: The Fisher Cats broke open a 3-3 tie with three runs in the top of the ninth off B-Mets relief pitcher Jon Velasquez, who took the loss. Darin Gorski started for Binghamton and went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits (including three home runs), with six strikeouts and one walk. Kevin Plawecki had a team-high two hits for the B-Mets. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 15, FORT MYERS 9: Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera had four hits apiece for St. Lucie, and Maikis De La Cruz hit a home run. Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits. Seth Lugo, who came in and gave up just one run on three hits in five innings of work, picked up the win. Box

Mets A - GREENVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a May 15 doubleheader.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have to figure if either Franklin, Gregorius, or Drew is worth the price at shortstop

Mets Rumors:

The Mets are looking into several alternatives at shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada. Tejada has looked mediocre at best, only having 3 hits in 25 AB's this spring with lackluster defense.. Yeah, he went to a special clinic in the winter, but it has not translated on the field as the Mets had hoped.

The problem is, at what price do the Mets get another shortstop?

Do the Mets forfeit another draft pick and cave in to the demands of Scott Boras to sign Stephen Drew?
The Mets have been willing only to go 1 year at this point, but Drew and Boras want more. The Mets are only offering $9.5 Million, but Boras has indicated that they could look towards the $14 Million mark.

For this to work, the Mets would have to give Drew a multiyear deal. The problem is the Mets most likely will go shopping for a shortstop via free agency in 2015. The big names will be J.J. Hardy, Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Second Scenario: The Mets can go out and try to trade for a shortstop. The Mariners and D'Backs have shortstops available, but the Mets have to find out if the price is right.

The Mariners have infielder Nick Franklin available, who has been on the Mets radar for some time. The Mets have sent scouts to see if Franklin can handle the position at short. The Rays and Orioles have reported some interest, but see him as a logical fit at second base. Franklin hit 12 HR's a year ago and definitely give the Mets some much added pop to the lineup. Franklin is batting .235 this spring.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mets News: Mets send Syndergaard, Montero, and others to minor league camp

Mets News:

If you did not know, the Mets made some more cuts on Tuesday, Noah Syndergaard headlined the list of players.... The others: right-handers Rafael Montero, Cory Mazzoni, Ryan Reid, Joel CarreƱo and Miguel Socolovich, catcher Juan Centeno and first basemen Brandon Allen and Matt Clark. Allen is in a walking boot because of a calf injury.

The Mets Big League camp Roster is down to 38 with Jeremy Hefner and Matt Harvey on the shelf because of injuries.
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