Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery
29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $611,250 contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Strikes out eight in win
PChicago Cubs
September 19, 2018
Montgomery (5-5) got the win Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight against the Diamondbacks.
Montgomery was sharp all night, with the lone blemish coming on a solo home run off the bat of Ketel Marte with two outs in the second. The southpaw lasted six innings for the first time since Aug. 7 and notched a season high with the eight punchouts. He'll take a 3.75 ERA into Monday's home start against Pittsburgh.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .219 422 83 36 82 15 1 7
Since 2016vs Right .241 1035 191 95 219 38 2 20
2018vs Left .240 141 28 12 30 3 1 2
2018vs Right .272 362 54 26 89 13 1 7
2017vs Left .230 150 24 11 31 5 0 3
2017vs Right .215 390 76 44 72 13 0 7
2016vs Left .183 131 31 13 21 7 0 2
2016vs Right .236 283 61 25 58 12 1 6
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ERA at Home
Since 2016Home 3.49 1.36 164.0 7 7 3 7.0 3.8 0.6
Since 2016Away 3.10 1.14 177.1 8 11 0 7.0 3.1 0.8
2018Home 4.43 1.61 44.2 2 1 0 5.2 3.8 0.6
2018Away 3.49 1.19 67.0 2 4 0 6.4 2.4 0.7
2017Home 3.71 1.34 70.1 3 4 3 6.1 4.4 0.5
2017Away 2.98 1.06 60.1 4 4 0 7.8 3.1 0.9
2016Home 2.34 1.16 50.0 2 2 0 9.7 2.9 0.7
2016Away 2.70 1.18 50.0 2 3 0 6.8 4.0 0.7
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Goes four innings in no-decision
PChicago Cubs
September 13, 2018
Montgomery tossed four innings Thursday, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in the 4-3 win over Washington. He struck out two and gave up a homer in the no-decision.
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Tabbed for Thursday's start
PChicago Cubs
September 11, 2018
Montgomery will start Thursday against the Nationals, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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Sunday's start rained out
PChicago Cubs
September 9, 2018
Montgomery will be skipped in the rotation after his scheduled start Sunday was rained out, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.
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Takes loss against Brewers
PChicago Cubs
September 4, 2018
Montgomery (4-5) allowed two earned runs on three hits and three walks over four innings to take the loss Tuesday against the Brewers. He struck out five.
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Struggles in no-decision against Braves
PChicago Cubs
August 30, 2018
Montgomery did not factor into the decision in Thursday's win over the Braves, as he allowed four earned runs on eight hits and a walk across 4.1 innings. He struck out six.
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