Mets Minors: Montero Shines Again, Vaughn To DL With Elbow Strain

An article by posted on June 8, 2013

Rafael Montero was absolutely amazing today as he continued his stretch of dominance over the entire Eastern League. Montero breezed through his start against the Altoona Curve with seven more shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk over that span. He struck out six and dazzled anyone watching as he spun a gem.

Over his last three starts in AA, Montero has pitched a combined 20.o innings, allowed just eleven hits and four walks, and struck out eighteen. The most impressive thing, however, is that he has not allowed a single run over those twenty innings. Yes, Montero has not allowed a run since his May 21st start with the 51s and is basically knocking on the door for a promotion.

By the way, Cesar Puello continued his ridiculously hot play today — 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs, two runs — and is honestly starting to impress every person on the planet at this point.

Whether the Mets want him to skip Vegas or not is up to them, but Montero is just scary good at this point. He improved to 7-3 with the win today and lowered his AA ERA to 2.43. Montero is likely a candidate to replace Wheeler in the AAA rotation when he gets called up next week, so keep an eye on that one, folks…

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OF Cory Vaughn was placed on the DL today with what Lynn Worthy has called a “right elbow strain.” Not much has been made about it, so I can only hope that the injury isn’t too serious and we will see him back in AA soon. In 192 ABs this season, Vaughn posted a .288/.370/.447 slash line with six home runs, seven doubles, one triple, and 31 RBI. He had also stolen eight bases.

To take his place on the roster, OF Travis Taijeron was called up from Single-A. Taijeron was rocking a .303/.396/.564 line in St. Lucie with 20 2Bs, nine homers, and a triple in 188 ABs. Taijeron enjoyed a very successful debut in AA today, going 3-for-5 with a double, home run, two RBI and three runs scored.

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