Rafael Montero heading to Triple-A Las Vegas for a spot start

Rafael Montero 2 polaroidThe Mets have promoted RHP Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas, according to the team’s beat reporters on Twitter.

According to Lynn Worthy of the Binghamton News, Montero is making a spot start for Las Vegas, and is expected to return to Binghamton afterwards.

In eight starts with Double-A Binghamton, Montero, 22, is 4-3 with a 3.47 ERA, having allowed 18 runs on 40 hits with just six walks and 54 strikeouts in 46 2/3 innings.

Michael Baron, Contributor

This is exciting news, even if it’s only for one start. Who knows? Maybe he sticks with Las Vegas, much like Collin McHugh stuck with Triple-A Buffalo a couple of years ago after making a spot start.

Montero has had only one bad outing but has been otherwise brilliant in the Eastern League this year. The organization has been so impressed with Montero’s command – especially that of his secondary pitches over the last year – and he really has put on a show while with Binghamton over the first two months of the season. He’s going to the Pacific Coast League where he will have to adjust to both better hitters and difficult elements, but if he sticks and continues along this path while in Vegas, there will be a lot of buzz about him getting a cup of coffee with the Mets come September.