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48 Rafael Montero RP

Texas Rangers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
1%1%
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
29.02-002.48345
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2019TEX202.48220000129.0238852534

Player Updates

January 10, 2020 02:12 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Inks deal to avoid arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero signed a one-year, $785,000 contract with the Rangers on Friday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Montero will receive a slight raise in his second season of arbitration eligibility after excelling as a reliever in 2019. The 29-year-old had a 2.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 34:5 K:BB over 29 innings and could work in a high-leverage bullpen role next season.

August 26, 2019 05:16 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Thriving in bullpen role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero has posted a 1.08 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 19:5 K:BB across 16.2 innings in his 10 appearances with the Rangers since being promoted from Triple-A Nashville.

A once-promising starting pitching prospect in the Mets organization, Montero made the transition to the bullpen after missing the entire 2018 season following Tommy John surgery. After dominating at the minor-league level earlier this season, Montero was rewarded with a callup and hasn't seen his performance suffer while testing himself against tougher competition. Texas initially used him in lower-leverage situations, but he's started to gain traction in the middle and late innings recently, notching holds in two of his last four outings.

July 22, 2019 06:32 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Promoted to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero had his contract selected from Triple-A Nashville on Monday.

Montero will replace the injured Shawn Kelley (biceps) on the roster and in the bullpen. The 28-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery last year and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 as a result, though he owns a solid 3.44 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 31:2 K:BB across 18.1 minor-league innings this season.

July 15, 2019 10:24 PM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Returns to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (elbow) has posted a 10.50 ERA with 10 strikeouts over six innings at Double-A Frisco this season.

Montero was forced to miss the entire 2018 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery, though he was able to return to game action with the Rangers' Arizona League affiliate in mid-June and has since been coming out of the bullpen at Double-A. The right-hander doesn't appear to have found his groove just yet, but he'll likely need a considerate amount of time to get back up to speed after rehabbing for a year.

December 5, 2018 01:28 AM
Rangers' Rafael Montero: Signs MiLB deal with Texas
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Montero missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. The 28-year-old is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day, though a return date in May or June remains possible. Montero appeared in 34 games for the Mets in 2017 and posted a 5.52 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 114:67 K:BB over 119 innings.

November 2, 2018 05:32 PM
Rafael Montero: Heads to free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (elbow) was outrighted from the Mets' 40-man roster Friday and elected free agency, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

Montero missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late March. The right-hander will likely be limited during spring training, so securing a contract may prove a tad difficult in the coming months. Across 34 games (18 starts) in 2017, he posted a 5.52 ERA and 1.75 WHIP.

March 27, 2018 11:08 AM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Moved to 60-day DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Mets placed Montero (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Monday.

Montero is scheduled to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery Tuesday, so the Mets elected to shift him to the 60-day DL in order to clear an extra spot on the 40-man roster. The Mets will likely use the opening on non-roster invitee Phillip Evans, who was informed over the weekend that he earned a spot with the big club as a utility man off the bench.

March 26, 2018 11:16 AM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Tommy John surgery scheduled
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record reports.

Tommy John surgery was the assumed outcome for Montero after he was diagnosed with a complete tear of his UCL on Thursday. He will miss the entire 2018 season and a typical recovery timeline would see him missing most of the first half of 2019 as well. It could be a tough road back for Montero, as he'll then be a 28-year-old with a 5.38 career ERA coming off a major injury.

March 22, 2018 12:28 PM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Will likely require Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero suffered a complete tear of his UCL and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery in the near future, Mike Puma of The New York Post reports.

Montero experienced pain while pitching during Tuesday's game and will now have a decision to make in the coming days regarding surgery, which will force him to miss the entire 2018 season. This is obviously unfortunate news for the right-hander, who was having a rough spring training and was unlikely to make the Opening Day roster.

March 21, 2018 04:36 PM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Unlikely to make team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero's poor performances this spring have left him unlikely to make the Mets' Opening Day roster, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

Montero is out of options, but the Mets may be willing to risk losing him on waivers given how poorly he's pitched. He's allowed at least one run in each of his last six appearances and has five walks in 8.2 innings. It's not as if these struggles are new, as he owns a career 5.38 ERA in parts of four major-league seasons, walking 12.6 percent of the batters he's faced. He's not an asset the Mets can't afford to lose.

March 17, 2018 11:52 AM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Out of options
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero is out of minor-league options but hasn't pitched well enough this spring to guarantee himself a spot in the Mets' bullpen for Opening Day, Oliver Macklin of MLB.com reports.

The 26-year-old has always had a live arm, but control and command issues have prevented him from having any sustained big-league success no matter how he's been used. Those struggles have continued this spring, as Montero has posted a 7:5 K:BB through six innings along with a bloated 10.50 ERA and 2.33 WHIP. The club would need to pass him through waivers to send him to the minors, but he isn't giving the Mets much choice with his performance in camp.

September 26, 2017 11:12 PM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Finishes season with quality start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts over six innings in a no-decision against the Braves on Tuesday. He also hit a batter.

He met the minimum standards for a quality start, which is about as much as you can ask from Montero if you're desperate enough to use him in fantasy. The Mets have only four games left, so his season is almost surely over; the 26-year-old righty thus finishes with a 5-11 record, 5.26 ERA and 1.72 WHIP over 116.1 innings (18 starts, 15 relief appearances).

September 21, 2017 01:52 AM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Gives up five runs en route to another loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (5-11) allowed five runs on seven hits and a pair of walks over just four innings in Wednesday's loss to Miami.

The 26-year-old righty has now failed to last longer than 5.1 innings in four consecutive starts since his stunning 8.1 shutout frames against the Reds back on Aug. 30. He's still usually missing some bats, but Montero's issues with command and control sprout up in almost all of his starts, making him practically unusable for fantasy purposes.

September 16, 2017 12:12 AM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Takes 10th loss against Atlanta
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (5-10) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts but lasted just 4.2 innings and took the loss Friday against Atlanta.

Montero has completed the sixth inning just once in his past six starts now, a stretch in which he owns a 4.03 ERA despite a brutal 1.62 WHIP over 29 innings. Control has been a major issue for Montero all year long, as he has now walked 59 batters in just 106.1 innings. Montero can be nasty, but until he reins in his control there is only so far he can go.

September 10, 2017 12:36 AM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Struggles with control in Saturday win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (5-9) allowed one run on four hits and five walks while striking out five across five innings to earn the victory Saturday against the Reds.

Montero allowed his only run in the second inning to fall behind 1-0, and despite struggling with his control, he was able to keep the Reds off the scoreboard the rest of the way, helping lead the Mets to a home victory. He's posted two strong outings over his last three starts to lower his ERA from 5.64 to 5.05, but his consistent control issues provide the potential for significant downside to fantasy managers. He'll make his next start Friday against the Braves.

September 5, 2017 12:36 AM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Picks up fourth win Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (4-9) earned the win after allowing four runs on five hits and five walks while striking out three batters over 5.1 innings Monday against the Phillies.

Montero breezed through the first five frames before a three-run sixth inning chased him from the contest. Despite the unremarkable outing, Montero has picked it up lately, posting a 2.10 ERA and 24:11 K:BB over his previous four starts (25.1 innings). The 26-year-old still owns an unsightly 4.8 K/BB on the season, which makes him a difficult pitcher to trust. His next start is scheduled for Sunday against the Mets.

August 31, 2017 12:44 AM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Stuns Reds with 8.1 shutout frames
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (3-9) held the Reds scoreless over 8.1 innings Wednesday, striking out eight while allowing three hits and four walks to collect the victory.

His line looked even better before the ninth inning, as Montero let the Reds load the bases and finally got the hook for closer A.J. Ramos. This ranks as the best outing of the year by far for Montero -- the only time he's cleared eight innings and the only scoreless start he's put up. Of course, he had to throw 117 pitches to do so, thanks in no small part to those walks; free passes have been an issue all year for the 26-year-old. Montero is averaging a strikeout per inning this year, but he's also sitting on a 4.6 BB/9, which has contributed strongly to his hefty 5.12 ERA.

August 24, 2017 09:20 PM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Comes up short Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (2-9) landed in the loss column after allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five batters across 5.1 innings Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Montero nearly turned in his third consecutive quality start, but the 26-year-old ran out of gas and ultimately couldn't make it out of the sixth inning. Montero has now compiled a respectable 3.12 ERA and 16:7 K:BB over his last three starts, lowering his ERA on the season from 6.06 to 5.44 in the process. It's unclear when Montero's next start will be, given Monday's scheduled off day, but his recent run should afford him another turn in the rotation.

August 20, 2017 03:56 AM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Locks down second win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero (2-8) allowed one run on six hits and three walks while striking out five batters through six innings during Saturday's win over Miami.

The 26-year-old righty has now allowed just three runs through 12 innings over his past two starts, so with a 9.2 K/9 for the campaign, his fantasy value might be on the rise. Montero sports a discouraging 5.47 ERA and 1.73 WHIP for the campaign, but he owns the pitch arsenal to reward in favorable matchups. His upcoming home start against Arizona will be a telling test.

August 14, 2017 11:00 PM
Mets' Rafael Montero: Allows two runs in no-decision versus Yankees
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Montero allowed two runs on five hits and two walks across six innings in Monday's no-decision against the Yankees. He struck out six.

Montero allowed just one run through five, but he lost his lead when a solo home run from Aaron Judge tied the score in the sixth, just before his exit. He was effective for much of the night, inducing six groundball outs while tying his second-highest strikeout total of the season. Montero's quality start came at a good time, as he had been tagged for 13 earned runs across 13.1 innings over his previous three outings. He will look to build on this performance Saturday against the Marlins.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs New York 2.000 9.00004
vs LHB 17.000 1.060216
vs RHB 12.000 4.500318
Last 7 Games
  OPP W L SV IP H ER BB Ks
9/10TB0001.03201
9/12TB0001.01002
9/15OAK0001.01102
9/18@HOU0001.00002
9/22@OAK0001.01001
9/24BOS0001.01001
9/28NYY0001.00003
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Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2014NYM13 4.061080000 44.1442120802342
2015NYM01 4.50510000 10.096500513
2016NYM01 8.05930000 19.0231717401620
2017NYM511 5.5234180000 119.0141757312567114
2018NYM00 ---0000000.00000000
2019TEX20 2.482200001 29.0238852534
2020TEX00 ---0000000.00000000
Total 816 5.0080300001 221.1240127123297116223
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2014NYM101100000500 .000 .000 .000
2015NYM5200000100 .000 .000 .000
2016NYM9500000300 .000 .000 .000
2017NYM3425120101000 .080 .080 .080
2019TEX22000000000 --- --- ---
Total 8043120101900 .047 .047 .047
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2014NYMP108826011.000
2015NYMP51321001.000
2016NYMP93202001.000
2017NYMP341817413011.000
2019TEXP220743011.000
Total  8030371225031.000
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2014NYM03748 0.9051000 .257194 13.6 .4800
2015NYM3118 1.3800000 .22546 12.6 .3500
2016NYM11618 1.0031002 .29993 18.5 .5450
2017NYM512796 1.48142216 .306550 16.1 .4380
2018NYM000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
2019TEX02326 0.9611010 .217113 9.3 .4061
2020TEX000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
Total 9214196 1.22235228 .281996 14.8 .4481
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2011ASX-Brooklyn Cyclones10 3.6020000 5.03221015
2011R-Dsl Mets111 1.0044000 18.072210020
2011R-Kingsport Mets21 4.2444000 17.017882069
2011R-Gcl Mets12 1.4574001 31.02811505632
2012AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats63 2.521212000 71.161242041854
2012AFA-St. Lucie Mets52 2.1388100 50.2351312221156
2013AAA-Las Vegas 51s54 3.051616000 88.2853530402578
2013AA-Binghamton Mets73 2.431111000 66.2512118201072
2014AFA-St. Lucie Mets00 0.0011000 4.02000014
2014AAA-Las Vegas 51s64 3.601616000 80.0694332413480
2014R-Gcl Mets00 4.5011000 2.03110003
2015AFA-St. Lucie Mets00 3.6022000 5.05220031
2015AAA-Las Vegas 51s10 5.8722000 7.28651017
2015R-Gcl Mets00 0.0032000 6.05000006
2016AAA-Las Vegas 51s46 7.201616000 80.011170641204068
2016AA-Binghamton Mets43 2.2099100 49.0351712441940
2017AAA-Las Vegas 51s02 2.4855000 29.01898301237
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/201
Birthdate:
10/17/1990
Age:
29
Hometown:
Higuerito, Banica, DR
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Texas Rangers
College:

MLB Experience:
5