Frankie Montas
Frankie Montas
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
Est. Return 9/24/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Montas pitched a career-high 65 innings last season, starting 11 games and appearing in another pair in relief. The results were better than they have ever been at the big-league level as he finished the year with a 3.88 ERA. The peripherals tell a different story; Montas managed just a 15.2% strikeout rate after striking out over 31% of batters at each minor-league stop in 2016 and 2017. He managed to offset the loss of whiffs with a 7.4% walk rate and a 7.5% HR/FB, though the latter statistic is typically noisy and primarily driven by luck (or lack thereof). The A's are creative with pitching roles and could dump Montas in favor of an opener should he struggle. The pitcher-friendly home park should keep him in the mix as a streaming option as long as he remains in the rotation. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the White Sox in March of 2015. Traded to the Dodgers in December of 2015.
Slapped with 80-game ban
POakland Athletics
Not Injury Related
June 21, 2019
Montas was handed an 80-game suspension Friday after testing positive for PEDs, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
This is a huge blow for the Athletics, as Montas has undeniably been their top starter so far this year. He's posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with a 97:21 K:BB across 90 innings, but he won't be eligible to return until the last week of the regular season in September -- and given how long it'll be since he pitched at that point, Montas likely won't be seen on a mound again until 2020.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .283 410 86 35 105 31 3 14
Since 2017vs Right .246 396 90 27 88 16 1 8
2019vs Left .245 200 57 11 46 14 1 4
2019vs Right .218 171 40 10 34 9 0 3
2018vs Left .305 142 18 12 39 15 2 3
2018vs Right .276 141 25 9 35 5 1 2
2017vs Left .364 68 11 12 20 2 0 7
2017vs Right .257 84 25 8 19 2 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 4.20 1.38 90.0 7 4 0 9.0 2.9 1.0
Since 2017Away 3.53 1.35 97.0 8 3 0 8.0 3.1 1.1
2019Home 3.00 1.14 42.0 4 0 0 10.3 2.4 0.4
2019Away 2.44 1.10 48.0 5 2 0 9.2 1.9 0.9
2018Home 4.35 1.48 31.0 2 3 0 6.7 2.6 0.9
2018Away 3.44 1.44 34.0 3 1 0 5.3 3.2 0.5
2017Home 6.88 1.76 17.0 1 1 0 10.1 4.8 2.6
2017Away 7.20 1.93 15.0 0 0 0 10.2 6.6 3.0
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Stat Review
How does Frankie Montas 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 this season's data (min 70 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.
    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.
96.6 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
87.4 mph
Spin Rate
2267 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Montas joined his fourth organization when the Athletics acquired him in the summer of 2016. The erratic but talented hurler missed most of that season with a rib injury, but his dazzling Arizona Fall League performance convinced the A's to try Montas as a starter in 2017. After all, the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder owns an overpowering fastball, an excellent slider, a passable sinker and a developing changeup. Sadly, his shaky control plagued him at the highest level; Montas struck out 11.4 per nine and walked just 2.2 at Triple-A Nashville, but scuffled in his first major-league work, posting a 7.03 ERA with 20 walks and 10 homers in just 32 frames. The righty turns 25 in March and Oakland's rotation is hardly cemented, but Montas seems likely to end up in the bullpen. A strong spring could put him on a more promising track toward fantasy relevance.
It might be wise just to think of Montas as a relief pitching prospect at this point. He has been traded three times and will not turn 24 until March 21, so several teams have likely come to this conclusion. The A's should reach the same verdict, if they have not already. Montas has a starter's frame, an 80-grade fastball, a plus slider, and a solid changeup. However, he has not thrown enough strikes to make it as a starter to this point, and with the tools in place to be a high-leverage reliever, a transition to the bullpen should be forthcoming. He was touching 102 mph in the Arizona Fall League, so he could take his fastball and slider to the bullpen on Opening Day and lay waste. Unfortunately, it is unclear how the A's will proceed with Montas, as they only recently acquired him from the Dodgers and may want to try their hand at developing him as a starter. If the transition to the 'pen does happen, however, Montas has the stuff to be a top-10 fantasy closer.
While the hard-throwing righty cruised through Double-A, compiling a 2.97 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 108 strikeouts in 112 innings as a 22-year-old, he is not yet a finished product. Montas sits at 96-97 mph with his fastball and can reach back and touch 100 at times. However, he is a two-pitch pitcher right now, as he also throws a plus slider about 40 percent of the time. He did not need to use his changeup (a fringe average offering) to dominate the Southern League, but he will need it to get lefties out on a consistent basis in the big leagues. Montas could get that chance at some point in 2016, possibly right out of camp, though he will first have to make an impression on his new coaches with the Dodgers. He has the ceiling of a No. 2 starter and the floor of a high-leverage reliever.
Montas was one of the lesser-known players included in the Jake Peavy trade of 2013, but he finally harnessed his triple-digit fastball in 2014 and shot up the White Sox's organizational ranks. That fastball, along with a very good slider, helped him to a 4:1 K:BB ratio at High-A before a late-season promotion to Double-A and an appearance in the Arizona Fall League. He could compete for a bullpen spot as soon as 2015, but his ETA could be prolonged if the White Sox decide to give him a longer look as a starter.
Montas, 20, was undrafted international free agent. He has a sturdy frame, one conducive to producing good velocity on his fastball (96-to-100 mph). The heater will get him by at the lower levels, but he'll need to learn to control and command it better as he moves up. Cleaning up his delivery is also must. Montas is working on a slider that shows promise, while his changeup shows little deception at this point in his career. He's bypassing short-season Lowell to open 2013 with the full-season Low-A Greenville Drive.
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Stellar in no-decision
POakland Athletics
June 21, 2019
Montas recorded nine strikeouts and allowed just one earned run on four hits across eight innings against the Rays on Thursday, but he did not factor into the decision.
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Fans nine in ninth win
POakland Athletics
June 16, 2019
Montas (9-2) picked up the win in Saturday's 11-2 romp over the Mariners, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings while striking out nine.
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Whiffs 10 in victory
POakland Athletics
June 9, 2019
Montas (8-2) yielded three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk in six innings Sunday, fanning 10 batters and taking the victory over Texas.
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Solid in seventh win
POakland Athletics
June 5, 2019
Montas (7-2) picked up the win Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over six innings while striking out three in a 4-2 victory over the Angels.
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Too generous in no-decision
POakland Athletics
May 28, 2019
Montas allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in four innings while striking out five and taking a no-decision in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Angels.
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