Frankie Montas
Frankie Montas
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
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
$Agreed to terms with the White Sox in March 2015.
Recalled by Oakland
POakland Athletics
September 11, 2018
Montas was recalled as expected Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Montas' return was delayed as he had to wait 10 days after being optioned at the end of August. He's now back up and will provide the Athletics with an additional bullpen arm for the stretch run. He posted a solid 3.96 ERA in 11 major-league starts earlier this year, and he could be asked to jump into action as early as Tuesday as part of a "bullpen day" effort, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .322 210 29 24 59 17 2 10
Since 2016vs Right .269 225 50 17 54 7 1 5
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
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2016Home 5.25 1.58 48.0 3 4 0 7.9 3.4 1.5
Since 2016Away 4.59 1.59 49.0 3 1 0 6.8 4.2 1.3
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
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
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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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Set for promotion
POakland Athletics
September 9, 2018
Montas is slated to be recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Majors return put on hold
POakland Athletics
September 5, 2018
Montas isn't eligible to be recalled from Triple-A Nashville until 10 days after his Aug. 31 demotion to the Sounds due to a clause in the collective bargaining agreement, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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To handle bulk of innings Tuesday
POakland Athletics
September 3, 2018
Montas is expected to work the middle innings during Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Jane Lee of reports.
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Sent to minors following start
POakland Athletics
August 31, 2018
Montas was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Friday.
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Pushes through tough start
POakland Athletics
August 30, 2018
Montas (5-4) allowed seven runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out four across six innings to take the loss Thursday against the Mariners.
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