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by Mr North Jersey
2/23/2012-10:51am at 10:51 am (UTC -4)
Very cool post! I’m going to set aside some time today to geek out on this.
2/23/2012-10:57am at 10:57 am (UTC -4)
Thx, when your done I’d be interested in anything you have to share on the Rafael Montero kid.
2/23/2012-12:27pm at 12:27 pm (UTC -4)
Montero rose quickly through the system last year, starting in the Dominican Summer League and finishing in up in Brooklyn. You could almost put him in the same group as Domingo Tapia, Akeel Morris, and Juan Urbina as young, foreign born pitchers that throw hard and have potential and high upside, but he’s actually older than all three of them and has less experience pitching in the U.S.
He throws hard, low 90′s most of the time and sometimes mid 90′s and as the video states he has a chance to have three viable pitches if his curve and change-up develop. If things unfold perfectly he has a chance to be a number 3 or 4 starter, although a bullpen role might be more realistic, but it’s hard to say b/c he only has one year of professional experience. He should start out in Savannah this year, which will be an age appropriate league for him (turned 21 last October) so we should learn a lot about him.
2/23/2012-12:30pm at 12:30 pm (UTC -4)
I wasn’t aware that he was actually older than the players you mentioned. Thanks for the info. I was curious cause I don’t recall hearing much on him. I’ll keep an eye on him this year and see how he does. BTW any word on James Fuller being in camp yet or not?
2/23/2012-3:30pm at 3:30 pm (UTC -4)
Yeah, Montero’s situation is odd in that he’s already 21 but only has 1 year of pro experience. Most guys in the Dominican Summer League are much younger. Milb.com didn’t have the date that he signed but if he had signed in his late teens I assume he would have pitched before 2011. I wish I knew the story behind that.
As for Fuller, I really don’t know. It’s been almost a year since his shoulder surgery so I would hope he’s ready to pitch this spring. After a year away he’s not really on the radar right now, so we may not know unless maybe we see his name in the box score of a minor league game this spring. Hopefully he’ll pitch this year b/c he’d be interesting to follow, although he’ll still probably be down in A-ball, at least to start the season.
2/23/2012-11:20am at 11:20 am (UTC -4)
Great links, thanks!
2/23/2012-4:57pm at 4:57 pm (UTC -4)
Man Darrel Cecilliani got big. Did he eat Val Pascucci or something?
2/23/2012-5:05pm at 5:05 pm (UTC -4)
2/23/2012-5:04pm at 5:04 pm (UTC -4)
Is it me, or does GOrski look a lot like Mo Rivera?
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