Saturday, September 8, 2012
Flores, Montero honored as top farmhands
By Adam Rubin
The Mets named Rafael Montero the organization's pitcher of the year.
In a pregame ceremony Saturday, the Mets honored infielder Wilmer Flores as the organizational player of year and Rafael Montero as the organizational pitcher of the year.
A natural shortstop, Flores transitioned primarily to third base and second base this season. He hit a combined .300 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs in 130 games between Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. Flores, a midseason Florida State League All-Star, represented the Mets in the Futures Game in Kansas City along with Zack Wheeler.
"I really feel comfortable both places," said Flores, referring to second and third base, which he previously had played in winter ball in Venezuela.
Montero, a 21-year-old right-hander from the Dominican Republic, went 11-5 with a 2.36 ERA between low-A Savannah and St. Lucie. He struck out 110 and walked 19 in 122 innings. He took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning against the Palm Beach Cardinals last month. His ERA ranked fourth and win total ranked third among Mets minor leaguers. Montero's fastball ranges from 92-95 mph. He also has a solid slider.