The New York Mets have finally seen enough of Rafael Montero and have decided to call up Tyler Pill.
We’ve selected the contract of @Dr_Pill10 from Las Vegas, optioned Rafael Montero to Las Vegas & transferred Seth Lugo to the 60-Day DL.
— New York Mets (@Mets) May 26, 2017
Once regarded as a better pitching prospect than Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero has been very unimpressive in his time with the New York Mets. After his start last night, in which he pitched just three innings, Sandy Alderson has finally seen enough to send Montero back to Las Vegas.
Montero will be replaced on the 25-man roster by right-handed pitcher Tyler Pill. The 26-year-old, California native is six-foot-two and 200 pounds.
Tyler Pill gave up just one run in his 6 ⅓ innings, while striking out 4 in yesterday's win. ? Read More: https://t.co/uZajvoNYqb pic.twitter.com/R8OhAXyFx2
— Las Vegas 51s (@LasVegas51s) May 22, 2017
Pill was originally drafted out of high school in the 38th round of the 2008 Amateur Draft by the Colorado Rockies. Instead of signing with the Rockies, he decided to attend California State University Fullerton and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 Amateur Draft by the New York Mets.
@Bmets starter Tyler Pill for game one of the Eastern League Division Series pic.twitter.com/f75L3mpnEp
— W.B. Jones (@WBJ18470) September 4, 2014
Pill has burst onto the scene in 2017 pitching for both the Binghamton Rumble Ponies and Las Vegas 51s. After two starts with the Rumble Ponies in which Pill went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, he was quickly promoted to the 51s. In Las Vegas, he continued to dominate in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. In seven starts with the 51s, Pill went 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA.
It is likely that Pill will get the start on Tuesday when the Mets take on the Milwaukee Brewers. However, he could be used in the overworked bullpen. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Mets have used three or more relievers in a franchise-record 26 straight games.