I noticed yesterday that Matt Bowman is pitching quite nicely for the St Louis Cardinals this year since he was snatched from the Mets in the offseason.
Matt was an awful 7-16, 5.53 and 1.68 WHIP with the Vegas 51s in 2015.
In the majors with the Cards in 2016, a vastly better 1-2, 3.12, 0.95 in 28 relief outings.
Brandon Nimmo may have been torching Vegas, but last night got "Scherzered", with 3 Ks.
Kevin Plawecki and Michael Conforto in 91 combined at bats in Vegas since being sent down by the Mets are hitting .330 with 6 homers and 26 RBIs, and a .600+ slug %. Making it look REAL easy.
With the Mets, they had 330 at bats and combined to hit about .210 with 11 homers and 40 RBIs and about a .350 slug %. Inflated #s actually, due to Conforto's great April with the Mets.
Virtually every hitter in 2015 that the Mets promoted from Vegas, except Conforto, collapsed in a heap when facing big league pitching once removed from Vegas Hitters' Heaven.
So how do you project how a AAA guy will do when he joins the Mets? Heck if I know, but if you are a hitter, generally "much worse" and if you are a pitcher, often "much better."
So we need pitching in Queens, and Rafael Montero is getting pounded in Vegas and has a 7.20 ERA. Based on the above, he's probably ready for a call up. Probably has a no hitter up his sleeve too.