New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson took to the radio waves yesterday afternoon with WFAN 660’s Mike Francesa. During his time on the show, he discussed the state of the Mets, and rationalized some of the more recent moves the Mets have made.
One of the more interesting things that Alderson commented on was when pitchers Rafael Montero and Jack Leathersich will make their Flushing debut. With regards to the two phenoms skipping Triple-A altogether, Alderson stated (h/t SB Nation):
There’s been that consideration. If we decide to leave him at Binghamton, you can infer from that that he can probably join us from Binghamton (referring to Montero). There is no reason that either one of those guys can’t come directly from Binghamton. They have both distinguished themselves, and are guys that we are very high on.
Saying that they are “very high on” these two guys would be an understatement. Montero has dominated hitters all season at Double-A. When he was called up to Las Vegas for a spot start when Zack Wheeler was on the disabled list, he almost pitched a complete-game shutout (a seven-inning game due to doubleheader).
Montero hammers the strike zone with pitch after pitch. His command is impeccable, and he keeps hitters off balance with an array of pitches. Montero’s fastball never cracks the mid-90s, but he can paint the corners with it, which makes him a very dangerous man on the mound. In 73.1 innings pitched this season, Montero has 77 strikeouts to just 11 walks. That is a ridiculous ratio.
Jack Leathersich has been just as dominant this year. The major concern about Leathersich has been his walks, but he has seemed to temper them as the year has progressed. Leathersich has pitched 29 innings in relief this season, and he has 55 strikeouts to 16 walks. Leathersich has only allowed one run in his last 10 appearances dating back to May 19.
Out of the two, Montero would probably make the jump to Flushing before Leathersich. While Leathersich’s stats are incredibly impressive, the last thing the Mets will want is a guy coming out of the bullpen and walking hitters. As long as that threat remains, Leathersich’s promotion will be held off.
Montero is ready now. There is not any more development necessary for Montero down on the farm.
The question with Montero will not be whether or not he will be called up, but whether or not he will be able to get advanced major league hitters out.