Michael Baron, Contributor
Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com says Mets RHP prospect Rafael Montero is the most underrated prospect in MLB.com’s top 100 prospects list.
“Any talk about Montero, who owns a plus fastball with an improving breaking ball and changeup, starts with his control,” Dykstra said. “I’m not saying Montero deserves a top-50 spot, but I’d take him over [Brewers' Jimmy] Nelson and [Cleveland's] Trevor Bauer at this point.”
Montero is ranked as MLB.com’s 85th best prospect for 2014.
The organization has been particularly impressed with Montero’s command over the last couple of seasons. They’ve generally felt Montero has been ahead of the curve in the developmental process, as he’s showed impressive command of not only his fastball, but his secondary pitches as well. While his off-speed looked electric, it was still a little raw when I saw him pitch in camp last year, but it greatly improved over the course of the season.
Montero has accumulated enough innings above Double-A to qualify for a promotion. In fact, I’ve heard over the course of the offseason he had been considered for a spot in the rotation on Opening Day, as they feel he is big league ready right now. However, since they’ve signed John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka, it appears that’s a long shot (and might’ve been anyway considering the “Super Two” issue), but that could be a good thing. Montero only came to the organization in 2011, so he does lack years of experience in the minor leagues. Another few months at Las Vegas, with the possibility of enjoying more success before getting here, can only serve as a benefit in the final stages of his development.
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