Rafael Montero‘s rapid rise through the Mets farm system continues.
Making his Double-A debut tonight for Binghamton, Montero struck out eight and allowed only one run on two hits with no walks over 5 2/3 innings. Montero, New York’s No. 7 prospect, signed in 2011 when he was 20, started the 2011 season in the Dominican Summer League, finished in the short-season. He split time between low Class A Savannah and high Class A St. Lucie last year, showing solid stuff and advanced command, especially given his lack of time in pro ball.
Montero, 22, is one pitcher in a group of promising arms the Mets have signed out of the Dominican Republic, along with Jeurys Familia, Jenrry Mejia, Luis Mateo, Domingo Tapia and Hansel Robles. Montero doesn’t have the pure power of some of those pitchers, but his ability to throw strikes consistently is a separator.