The New York Mets are going to give the ball to one of their top prospects on Wednesday, Rafael Montero, the right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic. Montero will be pitching against the New York Yankees in the Subway Series. The Mets made a spot for Montero by moving Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen.
Montero is following the footsteps of Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey who are homegrown out of the Mets farm system. Montero's fastball is good in the low 90s, at times reaching 95-mph. Montero also has a slider and a decent changeup which he mixes in nicely.
The Mets also have Noah Syndergaard in the minors, who came over in the R.A. Dickey deal in 2012. Syndergaard, out of Texas, is a power right-handed pitcher with an excellent fastball reaching 98-mph. Montero and Syndergaard both started the Futures Game for their respective sides at Citi Field in 2013.
Montero is 2nd on the Mets top 20 prospect list only behind Syndergaard and ranked 78th on the top 100 prospect list in all of baseball according to MLB.com.
Montero will be facing Masahiro Tanaka, who made news this offseason coming over from Japan as a free agent and signing with the New York Yankees for $155 million over seven years. Tanaka is 5-0 in seven games with a 2.57 ERA and 58 strikeouts.
Montero is 4-1 in eight games with a 3.67 ERA and 41 strikeouts at AAA Las Vegas.