Montero Now One Step Away
All of the attention within the Mets organization typically goes towards Zack Wheeler and his impending major league debut on Tuesday, but hardcore fans took notice of another promotion within the organization, that of Rafael Montero from Double to Triple-A, reports MetsBlog.com.
Montero may not come with the hype of Wheeler or Matt Harvey, but his arrival could be just as anticipated this time next season. Such is the excitable nature of Mets fans, desperate for the hope of what could be in the future as a way to forget about what exists today.
But Montero is worth getting excited about. The right-hander made short work of the Double-A Eastern League, going 7-3 in 11 starts, posting a 2.43 ERA and an even more impressive 1.88 FIP, thanks to a 9.72 K/9 rate and a minuscule 1.35 BB/9 rate.
He may not be quite on the level of Harvey or Wheeler, but then again, he might be when it's all said and done. The ability to strike out batters at Montero's rate while not walking batters is an impressive feat. Montero has passed every test to this point with flying colors, and should spend the rest of the season in Triple-A. He could be in line for a September call-up if he continues to have success, but his real ascension to the majors should be the 2014 version of what Harvey was last year and what Wheeler will be this season.
Rubby to Boston
Thanks to some extra-inning affairs, the Boston Red Sox have been in need of fresh arms, are few arms are fresher than that of Rubby de la Rosa, who the Sox have promoted to help rejuvenate an overworked pitching staff, notes Jeff Lauderback of BoSoxBanter.com.
de la Rosa, who came over from the Dodgers in last year's money-related fire-sale, has worked as a starter this season and primarily throughout his career. But he's worked in short stints, and in 11 starts, he's thrown just 38 1/3 innings. He's struck out almost a batter per inning, but he's also walked 4.7 batters per nine innings.
All of these things, along with his extreme velocity and injury history, scream reliever, which is how the Red Sox will use him in the short-term. It doesn't necessarily mean a long-term shift in thinking by the Red Sox, but for the time being, he's going to work out of the bullpen.
Gindl Gets His Chance
He's done nothing but hit his entire professional career, but now, at age 24 and only because of injury issues in the majors, is Caleb Gindl getting his chance on the majors, notes Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.
Such is life when you're a 5'7" 203 lb. corner outfielder. All of Gindl's value is tied to his bat. Luckily, he can hit.
Gindl began the 2013 season in Triple-A for the third time. Over the course of 1300 plate appearances there, he's hit .283/.352/.450. He's not the big-time power hitter teams typically look for in corner outfielders, but he's got enough power to make it work and strong plate discipline.
Gindl likely isn't a major part of the Brewers future, but he can play a role on a strong team, and he's going to get a chance on this one to prove he can hit in the majors.