New York Mets Rafael Montero To Make Debut In Subway Series
The “Subway Series” is poised to get even more interesting as New York Mets rookie Rafael Montero is slated to make his MLB debut on Wednesday against Masahiro Tanaka and company. Montero was promoted on the heels of the Mets assigning struggling starter Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen.
Montero will be thrown directly into the fire as he toes the rubber opposite Tanaka. The Japanese hurler has yet to lose at the MLB level posting a 5-0 record with a 2.57 earned run average fanning 58 batters in 49 innings pitched.
The 23-year old Montero is the first of the Mets blue chip pitching prospects to get the call to the show after Montero dominated in Triple “A”. The young hurler posted a 4-1 record with a tidy 3.67 earned run average in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League in 8 starts this season. In 4 minor league seasons Montero owns a career 2.63 earned run average and 1.031 WHIP in 67 professional starts.
Montero tossed a 5 1/3 inning scoreless no-hit gem in his last start before the call-up prompting Las Vegas pitching coach Tom Signore to say this about the young hurler. “He was repeating his delivery really well. That’s something we’ve been working on, and he did a very good job of that. “Occasionally, he gets rotational in the windup with his shoulder and he doesn’t keep his front side closed. This start, he was much better. He kept it closed about 85 percent of the time.”
The native of the Dominican Republic is ranked the second best Mets prospect and tabbed to have the best control in the farm system by Baseball America. In addition to Montero, the Mets also promoted Las Vegas 51’s teammate Jacob deGrom who was assigned to the bullpen. deGrom projects to be a starter but will get his feet wet in the majors working out of the bullpen for the time being.
The upstart Mets are one-game under .500 and could see Montero stick with the big club if he enjoys immediate success at the big league level. Mets fans are still frothing at the mouth the see Noah Syndergaard make his debut later this season which will undoubtedly form an exciting young trio in the Mets rotation for years to come.