Not to be outshined by the highly touted Mets prospect Syndergaard, Rafael Montero started for the World team in Sunday’s futures game and pitched a perfect inning. The Mets fifth-ranked prospect entering the season according to Baseball America, had no problem dealing with the top of the United States batting order. Known to touch as high as 95 mph with his fastball, Montero retired the side in nine pitches. Montero, 22, signed with the Mets as a free agent out of the Dominican Republic in January of 2011, and played for four of the Mets short-season affiliates in his first season. Following success in his first pro-season, Montero broke onto fans and analysts radar in 2012 with a dominant season through two levels highlighted by a low earned run average of 2.36 and a masterful control of the strike zone, posting a 5.79 K/BB. Continuing his run of sub three ERA’s, Montero dominated Double-A Binghamton early this season before being promoted to Las Vegas where he has struggled. Montero may be called up later this season if a rotation spot opens up when he can show reasonable success in Triple-A. If you remember, neither Harvey nor Wheeler dominated at Triple-A prior to their promotions. Last season at Buffalo, Harvey had a 3.68 ERA and a 1.318 WHIP, and this season at Las Vegas, Wheeler had a 3.93 ERA and 1.282 WHIP. Clearly the Mets don’t require their upper-echelon pitchers to dominate at Triple-A in order to receive a promotion, so Montero may be on a similar path. Armed with an excellent fastball, a still developing slider, and a change-up, Montero is far from the prospects Harvey and Wheeler were. However, with the wealth of pitching at the Major League level and through the farm system, Montero doesn’t have to be a star to be a successful pitcher for the Mets. You Can Follow Me on Twitter @danny_ss