Binghamton Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero has been named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. In two starts, Montero managed to strike out 15 batters over 13 and 1/3 innings while maintaining a 1.35 ERA. On July 25th, his first start with the B-Mets after being sent down from the Las Vegas 51s, Montero gave up one run on two hits in seven innings against Reading, while striking out a career-high nine Portland batters in 6 and a third innings on July 30th.
The Dominican-born Montero is making a strong case for a call-up with a 2.19 ERA and 2-1 record in 4 appearances with Binghamton, but is running out of time to prove that he deserves a spot on the 40-man roster come September.
There’s no doubt that he possesses the necessary skills to succeed in the majors, but he has yet to become as consistent as a Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom. Still, with the Mets (54-50) falling 6.5 games back of Washington in the NL East and 2.5 back of a spot in the wild card playoff game, Montero, who at least has some MLB experience under his belt, remains a solid option to have in the in the dugout or bullpen at Citi Field as August winds down. Anything and all options remain open during a playoff push.