Rafael Montero Is Just Scary Good At This Point

By Satish Ram

May 26, 2013 2 Comments

Montero3Rafael Montero took the hill for Binghamton today on a wonderful Sunday afternoon preluding Memorial Day and continued to build on his entire season of success to date. At this point, as I mentioned in the title, he is just scary good. Either bring him up to AAA or have him skip Las Vegas all together and toss him onto the big stage with the Mets.

Montero was absolutely dominant through six innings today – allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. He allowed no earned runs and dropped his ERA in AA down to 3.08. He was mixing his pitches beautifully and pitched the confidence and poise that a real major league pitcher should have. Montero embodies what I like to call the bulldog mentality on the mound and he’s in control mentally every time he steps on the mound.

He touched 95 on the gun with ease throughout the game. After he allowed the first two batters to reach base, he retired the next nine batters in a row – including striking out the side in the third inning. He allowed two hits in the fourth but did not even seem fazed as he navigated through the inning on cruise control. He was removed from the game after tossing 100 pitches – 64 of them for strikes. Binghamton went on to win the game, 5-0, on the strength of a home run each from Allan Dykstra and Darrell Ceciliani. You can check out the box score here.

It’s amazing to think that Montero has impressed almost more than Wheeler has this year and has vaulted himself to a level of play that is impossible to ignore. Opposing hitters are batting just .219 against him to this point in the year as he continues his path to what is almost undeniably a major league appearance at some point in 2013.

  • 3doza33

    If he was really hitting 95 with ease through out the game, that is amazing! I thought he worked in the low 90′s? I love syndergard but if this is true then Montero should be one of the top pitching prospects in ALL of basebal and not just the mets! Love this kid!

  • http://first2third.com Kirk C.

    I’m okay with leaving him in Double-A if the plan is to keep him out of the PCL. He should, however, be the next guy called up if a starter gets hurt or is simply ineffective (looking at you, Gee).