Originally posted on MetsMinor.net  |  Last updated 8/20/13
Ever since Rafael Montero signed with the Mets in 2011 as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic, he has rocketed up the Mets system. In 2011, he dominated rookie ball, going 5-4 with a 2.15 ERA. The following season, he was 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA and 0.94 WHIP for Savannah and St. Lucie. For the Mets in 2013, Montero’s success continued as he owns a 12-6 record with a 2.86 ERA, 134 strikeouts and a 1.08 WHIP in 138 innings pitched between AA and AAA. In his last few starts for Las Vegas, Montero has been fantastic and he had another brilliant outing on Thursday. Rafael Montero fired seven shutout innings in Las Vegas’ 3-2 over the New Orleans Zephyrs. The Zephyrs didn’t have many opportunities to score against Montero since he held them to only 4 hits and walked none. The win was Montero’s 12th of the season, and this was his third consecutive start where he pitched at least 7 innings and yielded one run or less. Even though he doesn’t have the immense upside that ...
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