My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
#9 – RHSP – Rafael Montero – 24-years old – 6-0, 185 – R/R
International free agent 2011 – Dominican Republic
2011 – 4 teams 17-G, 12-starts, 2.15, 0.96, 71-IP, 66-K
2012 – St. L/Sav – 20-starts, 2.36, 0.94, 71.1-IP, 66-K
2013 – B-Mets/Vegas – 27-starts, 2.78, 1.10, 155.1-IP, 150-K
2014 – 3 teams – 18 starts, 3.45, 1.27, 86-IP, 87-K
2014 – Mets - 10-G, 8-starts, 4.06, 1.51, 44.1-IP, 42-K
We sort of take Montero for granted. He seems have been around for ages and he’s very often forgotten when writers talk about all the great young pitching in this organization.
What we tend to forget is Montero has, in four minor league seasons, a 1.07 WHIP in 434.1 innings.
He really hasn’t had a bad season and he’s held his own in Vegas (2013: 3.50… 2014: 3,60… total of 32 AAA starts) more than all the other so-called starter prospects in the system can say.
This is Montero’s last year on the prospect list because he will turn 25 next October.
Actually, I can’t see the Mets clearing enough slots for Montero to start in Queens this year. It would take two of Colon, Gee, and Niese to disappear and I just don’t see that happening. One, yes, but not two.
The Mets then have to decide if they return him to Vegas and wait for the phone to ring when someone gets hurt.
You know my position on this… make him the ‘long man’ reliever that would better fit the team. Remember, Syndergaard and Matz are right around the corner and I can’t imagine a more talented 3-man combo than Montero, Familia, and Mejia (add in Parnell when he gets back).