The Mets have called up right-handed pitcher Tyler Pill from Las Vegas, optioned fellow right-handed pitcher Rafael Monter to Las Vegas, and transferred right-handed pitcher Seth Lugo from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. The flurry of moves comes in the wake of Montero’s rough start yesterday, during which he threw 87 pitches and gave up three runs in just three innings.
As Anthony DiComo puts in on Twitter, if you’re worried about Lugo because of this news, chill. That move was necessary to add Pill to the 40-man roster, which he hadn’t been on before, and Lugo’s eligibility to return to the Mets won’t be affected since he was due for one more rehab start in the minors.
As for Pill, he was drafted in the fourth round by the Mets in 2011 and will turn 27 years old on Monday. In seven starts with the 51s this year, he had a 1.96 ERA with 4.5 strikeouts, 2.7 walks, and 0.4 home runs allowed per nine innings. He spent the grand majority of the 2016 season in Double-A Binghamton, where he had a 4.02 ERA in 22 starts with 7.1 strikeouts, 2.2 walks, and 0.5 home runs allowed per nine. He’s said to be bullpen depth for the weekend and is a candidate to start on Tuesday night. Pill did not make or get any votes on our list of the Mets’ top twenty-five prospects coming into this season.
Montero’s start last night wasn’t his worst performance, but he’s struggled every step of the way at the major league level in his career and especially this season. In total, he’s thrown 19.2 innings for the Mets with an 8.24 ERA and 5.06 FIP.