Mets Farm Report: Rafael Montero Fires 5.1 No-Hit Innings



The Las Vegas 51′s used six pitchers to complete the series sweep against the Salt Lake Bees 6-3.  Rafael Montero started the game and fired 5.1 innings of no-hit ball, walking three and striking out five. Montero carried the no-hitter into the sixth before his high pitch count caught up to him and manager Wally Backman pulled him with one out in the inning and the team up 4-0 at the time. Montero improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3.67 ERA, 41 strikeouts and 18 walks in 41.2 innings. The Bees would get to the 51′s bullpen, but would come up a bit short.  Andrew Brown would go yard again hitting his sixth home run in fourteen games with Las Vegas which brings his average to .386.  All but two Las Vegas batters would record a hit in this game.  The 51′s return to Cashman Field for a four-game set against the Tacoma Rainiers.  Noah Syndergaard looks to pick up his fifth win of the season on Saturday.


Kevin Plawecki goes deep and drives in three, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Binghamton Mets lose to the Harrisburg Senators 4-3.  Matthew Bowman started for the Mets lasting six innings giving up three runs on seven hits.  Cody Satterwhite and Adam Kolarek kept Binghamton in this one each throwing a perfect innings.  Plawecki would tie the game on a two-run single in the bottom half of the eighth.  Chase Bradford was called upon to keep the game tied in the ninth but couldn’t, allowing the Senators to score one run on three hits.  Warner Madrigal came in for Harrisburg and secured their eleventh win of the season forcing the Mets to go three up and three down.  Both teams are back at it on Saturday as Binghamton sends Rainy Lara to the bump.


The St. Lucie Mets had a relentless offensive attack on the Palm Beach Cardinals, defeating them 9-1 on Friday.  Every Mets starter recorded at least one hit, six of them had two or more hits, and each of those six drove in at least one run.  They would tally 19 hits in this one with four doubles.  Less confusing would be St. Lucie’s pitching as Luis Cessa went a dominate eight innings giving up one run on four hits and Paul Sewald would finish it off.  With three hits on Friday, T.J. Rivera would bring his season average to .397.  Brandon Nimmo also continues to hit, and his three on Friday brought his average to .344.  Hopefully the Mets saved some for Saturday as Matt Koch looks for his fourth win of the season.


Miller Diaz improved to 3-0, thanks to a 5-run fourth inning as the  Sand Gnats improve to 23-9, with a 5-1 win over West Virginia.  Diaz went 5.2 innings giving up the only Power run in the second inning.  Akeel Morris came in for some work and only went 2.1 innings giving up two hits while striking out five.  Morris has yet to give up a run of any kind this season and has 30 strikeouts in 18.2 innings.  Opponents are hitting just .117 against him.  Four Sand Gnats would record an RBI in this one, and Jorge Rivero would have the only extra-base hit which was a RBI triple on the fourth.  After sweeping West Virginia, Savannah will look to make it five in a row as they continue their road trip with a four-game series against Charleston starting on Saturday.  John Gant is scheduled to start the game.


As is the case every night when you have to choose one player to take this honor, several fit the bill.  There are a couple of players in the Mets organization that are hitting close to .400 a month into the season, three of which I mentioned on Friday.  There are several pitchers that saw action on Friday that also could be up for the award.  In the end I couldn’t look past Rafael Montero’s no-hit appearance over his outing, picking up his fourth win in the process.  Montero is the MMN Player of the Night.

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  • BadBadLeroyBrown

    Why wasnt my boy Cecchini starting today???
    Thats all I want to know


  • MikeyT

    Left Thursdays game with a knee injury. Haven’t seen an update

  • When I saw the initial tweets about Montero being pulled while pitching a no-no I was concerned it was due to an injury. I quickly realized and was put at ease that he was fine and was just removed due to his pitch count.

  • Mejia closing, Montero to the rotation. Needs to happen.

  • reality check


  • gary s.

    I thought Montero had really good control..18 walks in 41 innings not too good

  • Metfan9876

    I know you aren’t a fan of him, most aren’t, but the guy was playing well and it’s a shame he got injured.

  • Captain America

    Can Colon mentor Montero?

    Interesting article …
    Colon is well overweight, and it would seem that his lack of athleticism and conditioning should harm him on the mound. Montero is seen as too small, a pitcher who puts his entire body into his pitches and who therefore could wear down under a starter’s workload as a result.

    Both Colon and Montero also have flawed mechanics, as both use high-effort deliveries causing them to max out on all their pitches—another trait that can lead to injuries given a starter’s workload. Colon puts an unnecessary amount of strain on his arm during his delivery, failing to capitalize on the force he could generate from his large body.

    Montero’s delivery is quite different than Colon’s. Like Colon, Montero puts plenty of strain on his arm, but unlike Colon, he has poor balance while approaching the plate.

    Doug Thorburn of Baseball Prospectus specializes in pitcher mechanics when evaluating prospects, and he explained his displeasure with Montero’s mechanics in a chat in November:

    I think that Montero’s mechanics are a big problem. The blatant over-the-top might overcome the height restrictions of his size, but his delivery is definitely not built for a big workload. Besides, I would prefer that a pitcher have extension at release point rather than downhill plane (which is often overrated) – and such egregious spine-tilt actually robs him of that extension.

    As explained above, there is a reason Montero is not among the best prospects in the game despite his high level of performance. However, there once was also plenty to dislike about Colon, who probably generated the same concerns in his earlier days.

  • Captain America

    Bleacher report continued….

    The Mets would love for Colon to repeat his 2013 performance for the next two years. But they will also be pleased if Montero can pick Colon’s brain and utilize his best asset (pitchability) on the way to becoming one of the best control pitchers in the league if he can avoid injury.

    Montero is generally overrated by Mets fans because of his numbers at the minor league level, since his success is due in large part to his ability to not only hit spots, but also his knack for generating weak contact.

    While prospects such as Zack Wheeler are hyped because of their natural ability and easy mid-90s heat, Montero is much more advanced in the nuances of getting hitters out. However, getting outs at the minor league level is a much easier task than it is in the big leagues, where hitters are much harder to get off-balance.

    With Bartolo Colon’s advice, Montero can potentially take the next step in terms of learning how to pitch to big league hitters while getting away with his flat slider and fringe-average changeup. As evidenced in the below video, Colon has mastered the ability to get the ball over the plate and to force hitters to beat him.

    Throwing strikes should not be an issue for Montero, as he has exhibited throughout his career the ability to put the ball wherever he wants to.

    There is a difference, however, between the ability to throw strikes and the ability to get hitters out, with which Colon can help Montero. This is especially an issue specific to both Colon and Montero, who are both fastball-heavy pitchers with smaller statures.

    Shorter pitchers often have trouble with giving up home runs as their fastballs lack the downward plane of taller pitchers, making it easier for hitters to lift pitches they square up.

    Colon had the benefit of pitching in a massive ballpark in Oakland but took full advantage of the expansive outfield by pitching to weak, fly-ball contact. Citi Field is smaller, although still sizeable, and Colon will need to adapt his strategy slightly in the coming years.

    It is this type of nuance that Montero can learn from Colon, being able to adjust to the ballpark, hitter and situation in order to generate the desired contact from the hitter.

    Even if Montero is able to paint the corners of the plate with his fastball consistently, he will still need to win the chess match against the hitter to avoid long balls and short outings.

    What do you think Rafael Montero’s future role will be?
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    Montero may always be held back by health problems and forced to the bullpen due to his size and mechanics, but up to this point in his career, he has proven his doubters wrong at every level. If Montero continues to work hard and to master the art of pitching under the tutelage of Bartolo Colon, he could be a very good pitcher for a long time.

    I wouldn’t bet on Montero ever becoming a front-line starter, but based on his track record and feel for pitching, I wouldn’t bet against him either.

    If Montero truly wants to be successful at the major league level, he should listen to every word Bartolo Colon says about pitching.

  • Captain America
  • Knee injury, should be back in the lineup for for ya, badbadcecchinibrown