Intrasquad and Grapefruit League Pitching Assignments

The Mets will have an intrasquad game on Tuesday before beginning their Grapefruit League games on Wednesday. Here’s the pitchers slated to go for Tuesday’s noon intrasquad game: Team Blue Jonathon Niese Rafael Montero Sean Gilmartin Carlos Torres Vic Black Team Orange Zack Wheeler Jenrry Mejia Buddy Carlyle Jeurys Familia The Mets also announced the pitching assignments for...
Via Mets Merized Online
3 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets pitchers impress during indoor sessions

A torrential rain this morning halted outdoor workouts for New York Mets players on picture day. Pitchers briefly made their way to Practice Field 2 shortly after 10:00 a.m. to warm-up before Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon and Rafael Montero threw indoor bullpen sessions. “Whoa, baby, I liked that one,” exclaimed Mets manager Terry Collins after watching a Zack Wheeler...
Via Around Citi
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Mets Notes: Rafael Montero Odd Man Out, Collins Misses Eric Young Jr.

Terry Collins pretty much ruled out any chance of Rafael Montero winning a job in the bullpen if Dillon Gee goes untraded. “I’m not sure where Raffy would fit in that bullpen coming out of spring training. If Dillon is there, we’ve only got one more spot left, and you might go with a little more experienced guy at the start of the season.” As it stands now, Jenrry Mejia...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Which New York Mets Starting Pitcher is Likely be Traded?

Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins on September 17, 2014 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Mandatory Credit: Alex Goodlett/Getty Spring training is upon us and the New York Mets enter the spring without having traded any of their starting pitchers. For the entire offseason, we heard...
Via The Sports Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will Be This Year’s Spring Training Surprise?

There are a number of young prospects and fringe players who will be fighting for recognition this spring.  Every year, there’s usually one surprise performance that puts a previously unheralded name on the radar.  After all the action wraps up in the Grapefruit League, who will be the player to leave a lingering impression on the minds of Mets brass and fans? Pitchers and catchers...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Several Mets Bullpen Decisions To Be Sorted Out This Spring

Anthony DiComo of MLB.com recently wrote that of all the top prospects in camp including Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Kevin Plawecki, right-hander Rafael Montero is the only one with big league experience and the best bet to make New York’s Opening Day roster. Though the Mets’ rotation is currently full, he says, the bullpen has a couple of spots up for grabs. “Montero...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball-America’s Top Ten Mets’ Prospects

As it does every year, Baseball-America has come up with its top ten prospects list. The following is the New York Mets’ list: Noah Syndergaard, rhp Steve Matz, lhp Brandon Nimmo, of Dilson Herrera, 2b/ss Kevin Plawecki, c Amed Rosario, ss Michael Conforto, of Rafael Montero, rhp Marcos Molina, rhp Gavin Cecchini, ss It’s not a surprise Syndergaard tops the list, and we should...
Via New York Mets Report
25 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets’ Amed Rosario Could Be The Next Jose Reyes

We’ve all heard about the New York Mets. They’ve been in a rebuild since 2008, as they have an abundance of prospects, predominantly pitching. However, some know little about the 19-year old shortstop from the Dominican Republic named Amed Rosario. Rosario signed with the Mets two years ago. He received the highest signing bonus the Mets have ever given to an international prospect...
Via Baseball Essential
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Is the Mets’ bullpen finally turning it around?

Over the past three seasons, the Mets bullpen has the eighth highest ERA among Major League teams and forth among National League teams. The National League teams that have had a worse bullpen ERA, the Phillies, Rockies, and Cubs, all play in notorious hitters parks. Based on innings pitched per appearance by reliever the Mets rank very poorly, but they are not in bad company at...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

What is Rafael Montero’s role in 2015?

As the New York Mets start approaching the beginning of Spring Training, players will be excited to be back, and eager to know their role in the upcoming season. Bloggers and reporters who follow the team have been writing about possible position battles that will take place in Spring Training, but there has not been much talk or curiosity about Rafael Montero’s role on the ball...
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Don’t Count Out Rafael Montero

I remember the game because it was on my birthday, September 27. A meaningless game but as the season was almost over I felt the need to absorb what precious little baseball was left. I wanted to watch Rafael Montero’s outing because I’d noticed a change in him over his previous few starts. He was challenging hitters more and looking like the prospect we were led to believe...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets 2015 Top 10 prospects

Earlier this offseason, four writers at various points collaborated on a prospect list for the Mets that went 50 deep. Click here if you’re curious about those rankings. My participation was on the lower part of the list, knowing that this top 10 list you’re about to read would be coming out. This list is the work of just one writer – me. This is neither a regurgitation...
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January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Will Rafael Montero be on the roster in 2015?

Rafael Montero signed very late compared to most players out of the Dominican Republic. Most kids sign around the age of 16 or 17, but Montero did not sign with the Mets until he was 20 years old. In his first year with the Mets organization he posted a 5-4 record to a tune of a 2.15 ERA. After 2011 he was on a few top prospect lists, but was not many, partially due to how late...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets360 2014 Projection Review: Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard

We’re winding down our projection review series. Today, we’ll look to the future – a future we all thought was closer than it turned out to be. Met fans were pretty lucky in 2012 and 2013 – all evidence to the contrary. In 2012, we got to witness Matt Harvey’s bursting arrival. From his very first start, we all recognized a talent that could not be contained, would not...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Rafael Montero The One The Mets Trade?

The Mets are highly reluctant to trade any of their young pitchers this winter, despite an urgent need to upgrade the offense, writes Andy Martino of the Daily News. However it’s not impossible to imagine Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and to some extent Rafael Montero playing for different teams next year, he says. This offseason will be filled with lots of Mets...
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October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball America: Syndergaard, Montero, Plawecki Make PCL Top 20

Today Baseball America completed their league-by-league Top 20 Prospect lists by posting both the International and Pacific Coast League. In the Pacific Coast League, three Mets prospects made the grade with Noah Syndergaard ranking 5th, Rafael Montero ranking 14th, and catcher Kevin Plawecki coming in at 16th. This is what they had to say: 5. Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Las Vegas...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Will Allow Montero To Pitch In Dominican League

The Mets have granted permission for Rafael Montero to pitch for his native Escondido in the Dominican League this winter. According to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, Montero spoke to Dominican reporter Héctor Gómez. “I’m eager to throw in my country. This will be a dream come true…I am sure Daniel Cabrera, Jorge Sosa, Edward Valdez, Carlos Pimentel and I will form a solid starting...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero succeeds despite a flawed game plan

Making his first start, and just his second appearance in 17 days, Rafael Montero was surprisingly sharp Saturday night versus the Astros. Despite having pitched just one inning in the long layoff, Montero came out and for the most part threw strikes and he allowed just one run. After getting hit hard in his first five starts in the majors, Montero closed the year with a grand...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero earns the right to keep pitching as a starter

Earlier this month, Terry Collins announced that Rafael Montero would get at least one more start in the majors this year. True to his word, Collins gave the rookie a start Wednesday night and Montero rewarded his manager with 5.1 scoreless innings and he picked up the win as the Mets swept the Rockies with a 2-0 triumph in the series finale. In his last two starts, Montero has...
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September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Montero gets 1st career win, Mets beat Rockies 2-0

NEW YORK (AP) Rafael Montero earned his first major league win, Eric Young Jr. went 3 for 3 with an RBI triple and the suddenly surging New York Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 2-0 Wednesday night for their fourth consecutive victory. Montero (1-3) returned from the minors and allowed three hits over 5 1-3 innings in his seventh big league start. Juan Lagares had a sacrifice fly...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Jacob deGrom and the Rookie of the Year

When the season began, if I told you that a Mets starting pitcher was in the Rookie of the Year hunt, who would you have guessed? The obvious answers are Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard. Well, Montero hasn’t had a good start to his big league career and we will have to wait until next year for a Syndergaard sighting. Jacob deGrom emerged out of nowhere to take Mets fans...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero To Start Wednesday vs. Colorado

Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed this afternoon that righthander Rafael Montero will get a spot start on Wednesday versus the Colorado Rockies in order to give the rest of the rotation an extra day’s rest. Montero, 23, is currently in his third stint with New York this season after being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. In seven games for the Mets this season, Montero...
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September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Rafael Montero Recalled From AAA

After last nights victory over the Reds, the Mets recalled Rafael Montero from AAA Las Vegas. Montero pitched in the opening game of the Pacific Coast League playoffs on Wednesday, where he was ineffective. He went just 4 1/3, allowing 3 runs, 4 walks and 7 hits. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN, Mets officials say there is no injury to a current member of the rotation. Terry Collins...
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September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Notes: Montero Optioned, DeGrom Returns To The Hill, A Six-Man Rotation

The Mets optioned RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas following last night’s game to make room for Jacob deGrom who will be activated in time for his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight. DeGrom says he is pain-free and is looking forward to pitching through the end of the season. He was 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA when he was shut down with discomfort in his right shoulder...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Montero and Germen Likely To Be Demoted To Make Room For Colon and deGrom

Adam Rubin surmises that the Mets will likely demote Gonzalez Germen and Rafael Montero when the Mets activate Jacob deGrom on Saturday and Bartolo Colon on Sunday. There is also the possibility that the Mets could simply find a candidate who they could place on the DL, perhaps Jenrry Mejia who in addition to a knee and hernia issue is now dealing with a sore back. August 20 Terry...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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