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Quick Hits: Mets Prospects Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni

August 22, 2013 BY ALEX EISENBERG One Comment

I wanted to do a quick write-up of a couple New York Met pitching prospects that are close to MLB-ready. These are not your Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler types, but the type of players that round out a solid 25-man roster.

Rafael Montero | RHP | Triple-A Las Vegas

Montero was signed by the Mets back in 2011. He’s a lean and athletic pitcher, though undersized. He works with two fastballs: a two and four-seamer. The four-seamer is a rising fastball with good life. He was up in the zone a little too much for my liking in the start I saw, but hitters never really saw the ball well. The two-seamer has nice tailing action down in the zone. His fastball mostly works in the low 90s but he can pump it up to 94 or 95 if he needs to.

Montero will work inside and outside to hitters. He’s not afraid to come inside to lefties. He has very good control, though his command within the strike zone could improve. Still, he’s able to get away some mistakes because of the good movement on his fastball.

His secondary pitches are nothing to write home about, but still useful. He has a slurvy breaking ball with decent bite and a change-up that both grade out as average pitches.

I see him as a potential No. 4 starter.

Cory Mazzoni | RHP | Double-A Binghamton

Mazzoni was drafted in the 2011 MLB Draft in the 3rd round out of NC State. He’s got a three pitch mix that includes a fastball, slider, and splitter. The fastball has above average velocity, registering between 91 and 94, with good life. The pitch doesn’t have a ton of movement, so it’s very important that he locates it. His command of the pitch still needs work. It’s too hittable when he doesn’t locate it.

He slider and splitter both profile as average offerings.

Despite a need to improve his command, he still throws strikes at a good rate. His mechanics are clean, and repeatable. His arm works well.

Mazzoni profiles as a potential back of the rotation starter, but I think his fastball would play up in shorter stints, making him a more ideal fit coming out of the bullpen.

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