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Mets calling up prospect Rafael Montero, shifting Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen

May 12, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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General manager Sandy Alderson just announced that 23-year-old pitching prospect Rafael Montero is on his way to New York to join the Mets’ rotation for the Subway Series against the Yankees.

He’s scheduled to start Wednesday versus Masahiro Tanaka at Citi Field after posting a 3.67 ERA and 41/18 K/BB ratio in 42 innings at Triple-A. While not considered quite an elite prospect because he lacks overpowering raw stuff, Montero was excellent between Double-A and Triple-A last season with a 2.78 ERA and 150/35 K/BB ratio in 155 innings at age 22 and projects as a potential mid-rotation starter long term.

And in a corresponding move the Mets have decided to shift Jenrry Mejia from the rotation to the bullpen after giving the 24-year-old right-hander a grand total of 18 starts spread over parts of four different seasons to “prove” himself as a starter.

Mejia has a 4.75 ERA in those starts, compared to a 3.23 ERA in 32 career relief appearances, so perhaps he’s better off in the bullpen, but it would have been nice to see him get a little more of an extended opportunity before the shift to a 70-inning role was made at such a young age.

  1. DonRSD - May 12, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Liked Mejia.
    Make him a closer and call it a day.

  2. elguapo16 - May 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    I don’t think this is necessarily a permanent move to the bullpen for Mejia. Dude hasn’t thrown more than ~100 innings in a season due to injuries so he would have been capped and shut down pretty early this year if he weren’t to move to the bullpen.

    To that end, I’m ok with this move. Gives him a longer season and serves a team purpose by shoring up an extremely cold, then hot, then really cold again bullpen.

    • neoshweaty - May 12, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      I’m all for taking the ball out of the hands of Valverde, Farnsworth and Dice-K’s hands and putting them into the hands of the younger guys on the squad. The team is headed for another losing season (in all likelihood) and at some point some of these young guys either produce or the team makes a move to replace them.

  3. primetimewr9 - May 12, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    a young prospect gets called up on the day a young Ace hits the DL – Jose Fernandez.

  4. stercuilus65 - May 12, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Great looking kid,scrappy, gifted if a bit raw.

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