The New York Mets won the rubber match game against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday afternoon and capped off the day by promoting one of their top pitching prospects, 22-year-old Rafael Montero, to Triple-A Las Vegas.
According to Lynn Worthy, who covers the Double-A Binghamton Mets for the Press & Sun-Bulletin newspaper, the promotion may just be a short term arrangement.
Montero was 4-3 with a 3.47 ERA for the Binghamton Mets, with 54 strikeouts and just 6 walks in 46 2/3 innings of work.
Toss out a horrendous outing on May 1st in which he allowed 7 ER over 6 2/3 innings and his ERA would be a full point lower, making his overall numbers look nearly as dominant as his strikeout total.
There’s no doubt that Montero’s been turning heads ever since this Spring but it seems unlikely that this regime would rush any of their prospects and I’d be surprised if they didn’t approach this situation as they have others in the past.
In any case, it would be exciting to see the youngster get a call up in September as the future of the Mets pitching staff could be in very good shape should he make good on the attention he’s drawn throughout this season.