Rafael Montero
Rafael Montero
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Texas Rangers
Out
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 5/15/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Rafael Montero in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers in December of 2018.
Signs MiLB deal with Texas
PTexas Rangers  AAA
Elbow
December 4, 2018
Montero (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
ANALYSIS
Montero missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. The 28-year-old is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, though a return date in May or June remains possible. Montero appeared in 34 games for the Mets in 2017 and posted a 5.52 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 114:67 K:BB over 119 innings.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-52%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .316 311 55 38 84 16 2 5
Since 2016vs Right .294 332 79 45 80 12 0 11
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .300 271 49 31 70 14 0 5
2017vs Right .311 279 65 36 71 11 0 7
2016vs Left .424 40 6 7 14 2 2 0
2016vs Right .205 53 14 9 9 1 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-17%
ERA at Home
2018
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2017
 
 
-2%
ERA at Home
2016
 
 
-60%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.38 1.75 78.2 3 8 0 8.0 5.3 0.6
Since 2016Away 6.52 1.84 59.1 2 4 0 9.7 5.6 1.7
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 5.48 1.77 69.0 3 8 0 7.7 5.1 0.5
2017Away 5.58 1.72 50.0 2 3 0 9.9 5.0 1.4
2016Home 4.66 1.66 9.2 0 0 0 10.2 6.5 0.9
2016Away 11.57 2.46 9.1 0 1 0 8.7 8.7 2.9
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Hype has surrounded Montero since he first arrived in Queens as a 23-year-old in 2014, but it has yet to all come together for the righty from the Dominican Republic. Montero was used as both a starter and a reliever in 2017, but failed to find his footing in either role. In 18 starts, he compiled a 5.08 ERA over 95.2 innings and was roughed up for a 7.33 ERA over 23.1 innings out of the bullpen. He failed to reach even a 2.0 K/BB in either role and just doesn't seem to have the control necessary to succeed in the majors at this point. The Mets have seemed unwilling to make major moves to bolster their pitching staff, and Montero is just 27 in 2018, so he may still have one more chance to prove he belongs in the majors. The 189 strikeouts in 192.1 innings are alluring, but a lot of that luster goes away once you catch a whiff of the 1.71 WHIP that comes with them.
Having worked him mostly as a starter throughout the minors, the Mets planned to use Montero in that capacity in the majors should they need any reinforcements in their rotation. Though he struggled badly enough that he was demoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to Double-A Binghamton midseason, Montero got his chance this season in the form of three spot starts with the parent club. Though his first two starts were decent, he didn't perform well overall, yielding 14 walks and three home runs over 11 innings as a starter. That was actually better than his performance out of the bullpen, though, as the once highly regarded prospect allowed a .371 batting average against en route to a 9.00 ERA in six relief appearances. Unless injuries hinder it again, it's not clear if Montero will get a look in the rotation this season. His stock has fallen far enough that it would be difficult to count on him even if he is tabbed for spot duty.
Montero’s blazing quick ascent through the minors suggested a level of polish that could’ve yielded the season that unheralded teammate Jacob deGrom ended up having as the NL’s Rookie of the Year. It would have no doubt been a best-case scenario, but the ability to limit walks, stifle home runs, and miss plenty of bats with average or above stuff across the board is what Montero was all about in the minors. He got a couple chances with the Mets, but two of those three skills weren’t present. He walked batters in all 10 of his starts including more than one in eight of them and he allowed homers in each of his first five starts, resulting in a 1.6 HR/9 when it was all said and done. With minor league numbers in line with his past, the MLB struggles suggest more of a learning curve issue as opposed to any sort of skills erosion. The incredible depth of the Mets' pitching could make it tough to find time in 2015 or even make him someone they look to move for some hitting.
Montero continued his rapid rise in the Mets' organization, blowing through Double-A Binghamton to pitch a half-season at Triple-A Las Vegas. Two of Montero's hallmarks are his control and limiting home runs, and each were on full display last year, as he posted a 4.49 K/BB ratio and gave up just six home runs in 155.1 innings. Montero has a low-90s fastball, along with a low-80s slider and changeup, and he can paint the black with each of those three pitches. He likely will open 2014 back with the 51s, but like fellow prospect Noah Syndergaard, he should hit New York by mid-season and profiles to be a future No. 3 starter.
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Heads to free agency
PFree Agent  AAA
Elbow
November 2, 2018
Montero (elbow) was outrighted from the Mets' 40-man roster Friday and elected free agency, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
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Moved to 60-day DL
PNew York Mets  AAA
Elbow
March 27, 2018
The Mets placed Montero (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Monday.
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Tommy John surgery scheduled
PNew York Mets  AAA
Elbow
March 26, 2018
Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.
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Will likely require Tommy John surgery
PNew York Mets  AAA
Elbow
March 22, 2018
Montero suffered a complete tear of his UCL and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery in the near future, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports.
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Unlikely to make team
PNew York Mets  AAA
March 20, 2018
Montero's poor performances this spring have left him unlikely to make the Mets' Opening Day roster, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
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