Rafael Montero by MMO Contributor and Photographer Gordon Donovan.
Updated by Joe D. on 4/24
It’s almost word for word from what Mitch wrote yesterday, but here is what VP of Player Development Paul DePodesta had to say about Rafael Montero:
“His fastball is very advanced right now, but the secondary pitches need to continue to get better,” DePodesta says.
“He just needs to face better hitters, and he needs to face some adversity. And I think he will… We’ve already sped the development of the player up quite a bit, and he has responded to it very well.”
Can a pitcher make the jump from Double-A to the majors?
“It all depends on the individual,” DePodesta says. “There are guys who can make that jump from Double A to the big leagues with little or no time at Triple-A, and there are guys who need some or even significant time at Triple-A.”
By the way, we are actually chasing down Paul DePodesta at Citi Field. Got off the phone with John and told him to seek him out and emailed him 4-5 ...