25-Year-Old Pitcher – Tampa Bay Rays
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Montgomery was once a highly-rated prospect for the Royals who ended up being a throw-in to the Wil Myers/James Shields trade. He has spent all of his time within the organization at Triple-A Durham, ...
Mike Montgomery Contract Information:
Drafted in the 2008 First Year Player Draft by the Royals, and agreed to a deal in June 2008 that included a $988,000 signing bonus.
Montgomery was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Josh Vitale of the Charlotte Sun reports.
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Tampa Bay Rays Roster
MajorsAndriese, Matt (P)
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AAHager, Jake (SS)
A+Bailey, Luke (C)
AAdames, Willy (SS)
RookieBauers, Jake (1B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Montgomery was looking for a change of scenery in a new start in the Rays' organization in 2013, but he did not show a ton of progress. He mainly pitched at Triple-A Durham and had his season briefly interrupted by a forearm strain. His K:BB ratio was a poor 87:51 in 117.1 innings. He remains a pitch-to-contact thrower on the mound and it appears that the big left-hander has stalled a bit on his rise to the major leagues. He will likely remain at Triple-A Durham to begin 2014 as a starter.
Once a prized jewel of the Royals' pitching prospects, Montgomery has fallen off immensely over the last two years after battling elbow problems back in 2010. He opted to avoid surgery, but has not been the same since, as both his strikeout and walk rates have worsened significantly. He no longer pitches with the same confidence he once had at the lower levels and has lost most of the command he helped build up with his moves through both Double and Triple-A. In fact, things got so bad at Triple-A last season with a career-low 6.6 K/9 and a career-worst 4.2 BB/9 that the organization moved him back down a level where he continued to struggle. Montgomery was included in the blockbuster deal between the Royals and Rays in December, and could benefit from the change of scenery, especially given the Rays' track record of developing young pitching. Look for him to spend most of 2013 in the minors if he is still viewed as a starter by his new organization.
A first-round pick in 2008, Montgomery's development hit a speed bump in 2011 as he spent the entire season trying to overcome control issues. He had 129 strikeouts and 69 walks with a 5.32 ERA over 150.2 innings at Triple-A Omaha. His penchant for walks isn't something new as walked almost 4.0 BB/9IP while at Double-A Northwest Arkansas in 2010. Only 22 years old, there's still time for Montgomery to figure things out and capitalize upon the skills that made him a top pitching prospect entering the 2011 season.
One of the Royals' biggest hopes for the future, Montgomery still has just 245 innings of minor league experience and is way off from being a major contributor for the parent club. He is, however, a bona fide ace prospect with stellar numbers as he's ascended through the minors at a rapid rate. A forearm injury knocked Montgomery out for two months of the 2010 season, but there are no long-term concerns about his health with respect to his mechanics. In his arsenal, Montgomery offers an excellent fastball, improving curveball and a good changeup. A late 2011 debut in Kansas City is possible, but we wouldn't be surprised to see him split the season between Double- and Triple-A before making the leap in 2012.
Montgomery is a big left-handed starting pitcher who went a combined 6-4 with 2.21 ERA between Low-A and High-A last season. His command was good as well -- 2.08 BB/9IP and 7.96 K/9IP -- particularly for his age. Montgomery is a groundball pitcher with late life on 89-94 mph fastball (his out pitch). He is developing his curve and changeup. And he's also working on a palm ball which can add yet another pitch to his impressive arsenal. Montgomery has a competitive nature that led to some "dust ups" and interpersonal issues in his past, but he's got an effortless delivery and he may even be the organization's best prospect. Look for him at some point in 2010 as a back of the rotation starter with big upside. He's a definite keeper and a pitcher that can dominate a game when he's on.