In order to make room for Danny Muno, the Mets have optioned Rafael Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas. A starting pitcher for practically his entire baseball career, the Dominican right-hander has appeared exclusively out of the bullpen since Opening Day. In his four-and-one-third innings pitched, he has allowed two earned runs (4.15 ERA), given up four hits, walked four batters, and struck out seven.
It is unlikely that Montero will pitch out of the Las Vegas 51s' bullpen, as he was only sent to the bullpen when it was announced that Dillon Gee would be given the last open rotation spot to start the season. He will most likely be inserted back into the Las Vegas starting rotation, where he pitched for most of the 2014 season. While there, he posted a 3.60 ERA in 80 innings, allowing 69 hits, walking 34, and striking out 80.
The 51s already boast one of the stronger starting rotations in the Pacific Coast League, and the addition of Rafael Montero will only strengthen it. Top MLB prospects Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz make a formidable 1-2 punch, and Matt Bowman has shown that he can be a dependable, if not flashy, pitcher in the upper levels of the minor leagues. Tyler Pill and Darin Gorski round out the rotation, and because of their respective records and abilities, one of the two will likely be shifted into the bullpen to accommodate the addition of Montero.