By Ed Coleman
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But Rafael Montero did on Thursday night in Viera, as the Mets continue to roll out young, hard-throwing pitchers with great promise.
Montero is a 22-year-old Dominican right-hander who caught everyone’s attention with his ability to throw strikes last season. He went a combined 11-5 for Savannah and St. Lucie in Single-A last year. He only issued 19 walks in 122 innings of work. He also struck out 110 batters and compiled a 2.36 ERA. Montero has a good sinking fastball, a slider and a pretty good changeup. He didn’t “wow” anybody on Thursday against the Nationals, but he pitched a solid two innings against an “A” lineup, allowing three hits and a run while throwing 41 pitches — 24 for strikes. Manager Terry Collins was duly impressed after seeing Montero in game action for the first time.