Should Rafael Montero start over Dillon Gee?

It's almost a forgone conclusion that Dillon Gee will get the nod from Terry Collins for the fifth and final starting spot in the Mets rotation, but Amazin' Clubhouse's Brian Yuran thinks the coaching staff should give extra consideration to the super talented but inexperienced Rafael Montero.

While it’s true that Rafael Montero did not have the most impressive statistical rookie season, he showed glimmers of talent and potential major league success. After a tumultuous five games, Montero grew comfortable and demonstrated why he’s considered a top prospect. In his final five games, he put up a 1.40 ERA through 19.1 innings. He didn’t let up any homeruns in his last stretch of the season. He also improved his strikeout rate from 7.56 to 9.78.

Dillon Gee had a very solid 2013 season, but 2014 was not as positive. His FIP went up from 3.71 to 4.52 in a span on only three seasons and his ERA also sat at 4.00, up about 40 points from the previous season.

Terry Collins has unofficially named Gee the fifth starter, but Alderson does not seem 100 percent confident. He said that Montero has already accomplished his minor league goals and is definitely major league ready. In Triple-A Las Vegas, Montero has a career 11-8 record and 3.31 ERA.

"I think it's still a competition between Montero and Gee," noted Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen. “I think they're both quality pitchers. I don't think we're going to be hamstrung by either one of them. I think they'll both do a good job for us."

Let’s not forget about Montero’s two dominant performances last season in which he held both the Colorado Rockies and Houston Astros to just one run in 10 2/3 innings. The upside with Montero is so much more than with Gee. He is younger, has more command at the mound, and the ability to be a top-op-the-line starter. Gee is a good back of the rotation man, but nothing more. He won’t hurt you, but doesn’t have the ability to be a reckoning force like Montero does.

Montero’s fastball hovers around 92-93 mph, but he has an excellent breaking ball. On top of that, he has control at the mound that most pitchers don’t acquire until their late 20s. He did walk more batters than his track record shows last season with the Mets, but that could have been a result of a possible injury or plain old nerves. It’s not fair to completely judge Montero on ten games when he really had five good games and five not-so-great games. The Mets need to evaluate him more and give him a chance to prove himself.

Gee is not the future of the Mets organization. Montero may not be Syndergaard or the electric Steven Matz, but he definitely can be a respectable major league starter on a team already filled with an abundant amount of pitching talent.

Like Montero said, “It’s just been getting mentally ready.”

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