Frankie Montas
Frankie Montas
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Montas missed half of 2019 while serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Ostarine. He excelled on the field that year and was named the Opening Day starter for Oakland in 2020. Montas took a sizable step backward as the split-finger pitch that was so dominant for him in 2019 was no problem for hitters. Opposing batters got the splitter up and Montas' overall groundball rate plummeted back down to 36.8%, which led to a spike in homers against the righty. In fact, Montas allowed two more homers than he did in 2019 despite pitching 43 fewer innings. The word to describe his Statcast page is "dull" since Montas ranked either a little below average or slightly above average in most notable categories. He has never reached 100 innings in a big-league season, but Montas did reach 136.2 innings between Triple-A and the majors in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract with the Athletics in January of 2021.
Earns win in quality start
POakland Athletics
May 14, 2021
Montas (5-2) allowed one run on four hits and a walk over six innings Friday, striking out four and earning a win over the Twins.
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Montas cruised through five scoreless frames before serving up a solo shot to Josh Donaldson in the sixth. He earned his third consecutive win and allowed fewer than two runs for the first time in his last five outings. The 6-foot-2 right-hander lowered his season ERA to 4.93 through 42 frames. Montas is in line to face the Astros at home next week.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
93
Last 10 Games
93
Last 5 Games
90
How many pitches does Frankie Montas generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Frankie Montas generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-11%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-42%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .266 414 112 32 101 27 3 13
Since 2019vs Right .236 378 77 23 82 13 0 13
2021vs Left .250 95 26 6 22 5 1 3
2021vs Right .282 91 13 5 24 3 0 5
2020vs Left .359 107 24 14 33 8 1 6
2020vs Right .208 105 23 7 20 1 0 4
2019vs Left .231 212 62 12 46 14 1 4
2019vs Right .229 182 41 11 38 9 0 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-63%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-69%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-22%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 4.03 1.28 91.2 9 2 0 9.3 2.7 0.9
Since 2019Away 4.15 1.30 93.1 8 7 0 9.1 2.7 1.6
2021Home 6.75 1.54 24.0 3 1 0 9.4 2.6 1.9
2021Away 2.50 1.11 18.0 2 1 0 7.0 2.0 1.5
2020Home 3.16 1.25 25.2 2 1 0 7.7 3.2 0.7
2020Away 10.13 1.97 21.1 1 4 0 10.5 5.1 3.4
2019Home 3.00 1.14 42.0 4 0 0 10.3 2.4 0.4
2019Away 2.33 1.09 54.0 5 2 0 9.2 2.0 1.0
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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 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
3.55
 
K/9
8.4
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
96.1 mph
 
ERA
4.93
 
WHIP
1.36
 
BABIP
.324
 
GB/FB
1.27
 
Left On Base
74.2%
 
Exit Velocity
82.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.5%
 
Spin Rate
2365 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.3%
 
Swinging Strike
12.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Montas earned a rotation spot in spring and was in the midst of a breakout season before getting handed an 80-game suspension in June for testing positive for PEDs. The right-hander wound up returning at the end of September for one final start, finishing the year 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 16 outings. While much will be made of his suspension, there are reasons to believe his success was no fluke. He ditched his changeup for a swing-and-miss splitter (22.5% swinging strike rate), which complimented his high-90s fastball and plus slider (.201 wOBA) and in turn led to an uptick in strikeouts (9.7 K/9) and groundballs (49.4%). Montas also saw his walk rate drop for a second straight year to a career-best 5.8%, while he limited hard contact at an elite rate (3.8% barrel rate), which is especially helpful in his spacious home park. He's yet to do it over a full season, but the foundation is there.
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.
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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Records fourth win
POakland Athletics
May 8, 2021
Montas (4-2) earned the win Saturday against the Rays after posting 5.1 innings of two-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out six.
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Earns third win
POakland Athletics
May 3, 2021
Montas (3-2) allowed three runs on a walk and seven hits over six innings Monday, striking out four and picking up a win over the Blue Jays.
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Falls to Rays despite quality start
POakland Athletics
April 27, 2021
Montas (2-2) took the loss Tuesday, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings as the A's were downed 4-3 by the Rays. He struck out five.
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Hit hard in no-decision
POakland Athletics
April 21, 2021
Montas didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 13-12 extra-inning win over the Twins, surrendering six runs on nine hits -- including three home runs -- over four innings. He struck out four without walking a batter.
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Fans seven in victory
POakland Athletics
April 16, 2021
Montas (2-1) allowed two hits and a walk over six scoreless frames Friday, striking out seven and earning a win over Detroit.
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