Mets prospect Rafael Montero has electrifying stuff

Michael Baron , Contributor

This morning on the ten-pack at Tradition Field, 22-year-old Mets prospect RHP Rafael Montero threw a simulated bullpen session…

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From what I could see, he primarily threw a four-seem fastball as well as a breaking pitch, although he mixed in a change-up on occasion…

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He worked counts and the pitch situations that come with that, such as coming back with fastballs down 2-0, and using his breaking pitch on the corners when ahead in the count. He didn’t seem to fall behind too much…

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Montero’s stuff looks electrifying, but he’s still quite raw, which is to be expected at this stage of his development. He throws very hard, and his breaking pitch has very heavy movement down through the strike zone. He is very lanky, kind of like Pedro Martinez when he was younger.

Montero only made eight starts after being promoted to Single-A St. Lucie in 2012, and so I expect him to spend some more time there before heading up to Binghamton. He only just started to throw his breaking ball consistently, and he will need a little more command of that pitch before moving forward. But this is yet another exciting arm in the Mets’ system who could prove valuable, should he continue on this path…


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