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Pickup of the Day

PUD 5/13: Rafael Montero

by D.J. Short
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.


The Mets decided to shake up their pitching staff on Monday by moving Jenrry Mejia to the bullpen and calling up prospect right-hander Rafael Montero, who will make his major league debut Wednesday against the Yankees. Montero earned the promotion after posting a 2.63 ERA over 67 starts and five relief appearances in the minors. The 23-year-old doesn't possess dominant stuff or a true "out-pitch," but he gets by on excellent control and command. While he ultimately lacks the ceiling of teammate and fellow prospect Noah Syndergaard, some believe he can still be a mid-rotation starter. There are better upside plays in shallow leagues, but he's worth a look in deeper mixed formats and NL-only leagues.