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Rafael Montero earns Pitcher of Week honors

Rafael Montero is making his case to get a call-up from the Big League Club.

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. 


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