Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery
31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Kansas City Royals
60-Day IL
Injury Lat
Est. Return 9/15/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Montgomery began the season in the Cubs' bullpen. About a week into the season, he was shelved with a lat strain, returning in early May. Montgomery continued working in relief, posting a 5.67 ERA and 1.78 WHIP with just 18 strikeouts in 27 innings before being dealt to the Royals on July 15. Kansas City transitioned the swingman to the rotation, a familiar role as he started 33 games the previous two seasons. The lefty started 13 games for the Royals, recording a slightly-improved 4.64 ERA and 1.55 WHIP after the deal. His K%, BB% and HR/9 all improved as a starter, but a bloated .346 BABIP inflated Montgomery's ratios. The Royals will likely try to squeeze one more season out of Montgomery as a starter. Even with positive hit-rate regression, Montgomery is a below-average pitcher, rated poorly by every Statcast metric. He's best suited in relief and carries minimal fantasy appeal. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.1 million contract with the Royals in December of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Transferred to 45-day IL
PKansas City Royals
Lat
August 7, 2020
Montgomery (lat) was transferred to the 45-day injured list Friday.
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Montgomery struggled in his only outing of the year before landing on the 10-day injured list with a strained lat in late July, The injury was evidently rather serious, as he'll now be out until very late in the season, if he returns at all.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
46
Last 10 Games
46
Last 5 Games
46
How many pitches does Mike Montgomery generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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What part of the game does Mike Montgomery generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-40%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .329 239 44 16 71 13 2 6
Since 2018vs Right .280 709 112 57 178 33 2 23
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right .455 12 1 0 5 0 1 1
2019vs Left .452 91 13 4 38 7 1 4
2019vs Right .273 311 56 30 75 16 0 14
2018vs Left .250 148 31 12 33 6 1 2
2018vs Right .281 386 55 27 98 17 1 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-72%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-33%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 3.64 1.52 101.1 4 6 0 5.7 3.6 0.6
Since 2018Away 5.21 1.45 115.2 4 9 0 7.2 2.6 1.7
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 13.50 2.50 2.0 0 0 0 4.5 0.0 4.5
2019Home 2.32 1.37 50.1 2 4 0 6.1 3.6 0.5
2019Away 8.19 1.92 40.2 1 5 0 7.7 3.1 3.3
2018Home 4.94 1.67 51.0 2 2 0 5.3 3.5 0.7
2018Away 3.33 1.16 73.0 3 4 0 6.9 2.3 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Mike Montgomery compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
0.00
 
K/9
4.5
 
BB/9
0.0
 
HR/9
4.5
 
Fastball
89.1 mph
 
ERA
13.50
 
WHIP
2.50
 
BABIP
.463
 
GB/FB
6.00
 
Left On Base
0.0%
 
Exit Velocity
86.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.3%
 
Spin Rate
1927 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.3%
 
Swinging Strike
4.3%
 
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Montgomery was over his skis as a full-time starter, but has found a decent home in the swingman role where he can don the reliever cap or make spot starts to help the club. He doesn't cook with the gas that most pitchers use these days, but rather goes after the groundball while still being able to get the strikeouts when he needs to. He was much better in his role as a starter last season than he was in relief; a 3.69 ERA and 10 K-BB% in the rotation easily bested his 5.13 ERA and 4.4 K-BB% out of the bullpen. Sixteen of the 43 earned runs Montgomery allowed as a stater last season were in games in which he was exposed to the third-time-through-the-order penalty. If the Cubs were to employ the opener strategy in 2019, it could surface some hidden value from Montgomery in his ratios and wins. In a perfect world, Montgomery's 2019 = Ryan Yarbrough's 2018.
Manager Joe Maddon said in August that Montgomery's future was as a starter, but it remains to be seen whether the Cubs will follow through and actually make the lefty a full-time member of the rotation. Montgomery operated as the Cubs' swingman in 2017, making 14 starts to go with 30 relief appearances. The final numbers were decent enough, and Montgomery's 4.15 ERA as a starter was largely backed up by the peripherals (4.07 FIP, 4.35 xFIP). Montgomery's K-rate fell more than a full strikeout per nine to 6.9 K/9 while his walk rate ticked up to 3.8 BB/9. He continued to induce groundballs at a high rate (57.8 percent) and he did a good job of keeping right-handed hitters in check (.282 wOBA), but the lack of swing and miss puts a cap on Montgomery's fantasy ceiling.
Acquired from Seattle in July, Montgomery made five starts and 12 relief appearances during the second half of the season, flashing the potential to be an intriguing sleeper if he's tasked with starting in 2017. Cubs fans will remember Montgomery regardless of how he's utilized going forward, as he threw the final pitch in Game 7 of the World Series. Other than a spike in home runs allowed, Montgomery's peripherals between the rotation and bullpen were nearly identical last season, and his greatest obstacle in becoming a good starter will be control, as he walked batters at a 12.2 percent clip following the move to Chicago. That surge was accompanied by a spike in his swinging-strike rate, and his overall mark in 2016 (11.6 percent) points to a pitcher with good weapons and a strong understanding of how to use them. Barring an unexpected addition to the rotation, Montgomery is the frontrunner to begin 2017 as the Cubs' No. 5 starter.
Once a top prospect for the Royals, Montgomery joined his third team in four years when the Mariners acquired him in late March. He made his major-league debut in early June and posted a 1.62 ERA through his first seven starts, becoming the 12th rookie since 1980 to pitch consecutive shutouts. Ominous signs loomed, however. His impressive ERA was built on an unsustainable 0.4 HR/9 and .221 BABIP, fueling a low 6.1 H/9, while his K/9 was a weak 5.6. Sure enough, regression came calling in his next nine starts. A 2.0 HR/9 and .368 BABIP, which more than doubled his H/9 to 13.1, resulted in an 8.33 ERA. Not only did he lose his command (and pay for it with 22 XBH allowed), he also lost his control, as his BB/9 ballooned to 5.40. But as unsustainable as his early numbers were, his latter numbers are probably on the other side of the regression axis. He'll compete for a rotation spot, but his best shot to make the roster is in the bullpen.
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, where he has posted a 4.98 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP over 44 starts. With better talent all around him, there is little chance Montgomery makes the Rays as a starter unless he has to fill in for an injury. His potential ceiling is that of a swing man that spot starts and works long relief, much like the recently-departed Cesar Ramos. Montgomery does do a good job of limiting home runs, but his walk rate is below average and his strikeout rate is barely league average. Leave him in the free agent pile.
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.
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Heads to injured list
PKansas City Royals
Lat
July 28, 2020
Montgomery was placed on the injured list with a strained lat Tuesday.
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Coughs up five runs
PKansas City Royals
July 27, 2020
Montgomery allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits Monday while striking out one batter in the win over Detroit. He did not factor into the decision.
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Set to start Monday
PKansas City Royals
July 26, 2020
Montgomery is scheduled to start Monday's game against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Lines up as second starter
PKansas City Royals
July 19, 2020
Montgomery lines up to start the second game of the season Saturday in Cleveland, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Shaky during spring training
PKansas City Royals
March 25, 2020
Montgomery gave up five earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five in seven innings (three appearances) this spring.
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