Jordan Montgomery

Jordan Montgomery

31-Year-Old PitcherSP
Arizona Diamondbacks
15-Day IL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 7/23/2024
2024 Fantasy Outlook
For the second straight season, Montgomery began the year pitching for a team with playoff aspirations but was traded at the deadline to a team a team still in contention. Of course, last season ended with Montgomery celebrating a World Series win with the Rangers. Montgomery began the season recording a 3.42 ERA and 1.25 WHIP for the Cardinals, fanning 108 in 121 frames. After joining Texas, Montgomery posted a 2.79 ERA and 1.09 WHIP punching out 58 in 67.2 innings. His 21.4 percent strikeout rate is below average, but the southpaw is frugal with free passes and does a good job keeping the ball in the yard. Montgomery is durable, with his 94 starts over the past three seasons tied for sixth most in MLB. A low strikeout rate hurts Montgomery's fantasy appeal, but it also keeps his cost of acquisition affordable. There is always risk a pitcher of this ilk experiences some misfortune, but he has displayed the ability to buffer ratios in a rotisserie league format. Read Past Outlooks
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Rest of Season From Preseason
#170
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $25 million contract with the Diamondbacks in March of 2024. Contract includes a $25 million player option for 2025 with at least 10 starts made in 2024 or an option that vests for $20 million with 10 starts, $22.5 million with 18 starts and $25 million with 23 starts.
On track to return early next week
PArizona Diamondbacks
Knee
July 19, 2024
Montgomery (knee) is on track to rejoin the Diamondbacks' rotation early next week in Kansas City after completing a three-inning, 56-pitch simulated game Thursday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
ANALYSIS
Montgomery has been shelved since late June with right knee inflammation, but a return is right around the corner. He will skip a rehab assignment, with the Diamondbacks deeming a trio of simulated games enough to get the veteran left-hander ramped back up. Montgomery holds a disappointing 6.44 ERA in 13 starts for Arizona this season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
82
Last 10 Games
84
Last 5 Games
78
How many pitches does Jordan Montgomery generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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81-90
 
91-100
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Jordan Montgomery generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2024
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
2023
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .235 262 71 6 59 9 1 2
Since 2022vs Right .257 1537 298 101 364 93 6 45
2024vs Left .227 47 11 3 10 3 0 0
2024vs Right .338 251 34 20 77 20 2 8
2023vs Left .277 106 22 2 28 2 1 1
2023vs Right .241 671 144 46 149 43 2 17
2022vs Left .198 109 38 1 21 4 0 1
2022vs Right .242 615 120 35 138 30 2 20
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-24%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-12%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 4.09 1.27 244.0 17 10 0 8.0 2.2 0.9
Since 2022Away 3.43 1.17 188.2 8 12 0 7.3 2.3 1.0
2024Home 7.82 1.96 35.2 3 3 0 6.8 4.0 1.5
2024Away 4.80 1.33 30.0 3 2 0 5.4 2.1 0.6
2023Home 3.61 1.26 99.2 7 5 0 8.2 2.2 0.9
2023Away 2.73 1.11 89.0 3 6 0 7.6 2.4 0.8
2022Home 3.31 1.04 108.2 7 2 0 8.2 1.6 0.7
2022Away 3.75 1.18 69.2 2 4 0 7.6 2.2 1.6
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Stat Review
How does Jordan 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
1.96
 
K/9
6.2
 
BB/9
3.2
 
HR/9
1.1
 
Fastball
91.8 mph
 
ERA
6.44
 
WHIP
1.68
 
BABIP
.360
 
GB/FB
1.53
 
Left On Base
61.7%
 
Exit Velocity
83.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.1%
 
Spin Rate
2128 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.9%
 
Swinging Strike
11.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The lefty almost turned himself into a meme with how good he was initially after being traded from the Yankees to the Cardinals in early August. Montgomery allowed just a single earned run in his first four starts for St. Louis, a run capped off by a one-hit shutout of the Cubs in Wrigley. Eventually, the Devil Magic wore off and Montgomery returned to his solid, if flappable, ways. He worked from behind in 2021 in the sense that he threw his offspeed pitches (changeup, curveball) as his two primary pitches but changed his pitch mix this past season to feature his sinker, in particular after the move to St. Louis. It's not like he was bad during his time with New York -- the team felt it needed a good defensive outfielder -- and the Cardinals may be onto something with this new version of Montgomery. That being said, the modest swing-and-miss would seem to cap his fantasy upside.
Montgomery enjoyed his first full season of work since the 2017 season, and arguably had his best professional season to date. He had Tommy John surgery in June of 2018 -- the success of 2020 coupled with his 2021 efforts show he is completely recovered from the surgery, but not without flaws. Montgomery has rather large splits to date with a 4.59 ERA and a .261/.316/.416 slash line allowed versus righties the past two seasons compared to a 2.53 ERA and a .228/.280/.322 versus lefties. He does pitch better at home (3.84 ERA) than away (4.36 ERA), which is not surprising given how spacious Yankee Stadium plays to the left-center-field gap. Monty works like a modern day Jimmy Key in that his changeup and breaking ball are his preferred pitches, and the league hit below .200 against both offerings while smashing his sinker to the tune of a .359 average. The flaws limit his ceiling, so this is not the guy to target if you're looking for another level.
Montgomery had a much better 2020 season than his 5.11 ERA suggests. The southpaw's 3.65 xFIP ranked second among Yankees starters and was supported by an outstanding 5.22 K/BB. In addition, Montgomery held opposing batters to an 84.6 mph average exit velocity, placing in the 95th percentile. Finally -- and perhaps most importantly -- the 6-foot-6 hurler remained healthy after missing most of the previous two seasons due to the Tommy John surgery he underwent in June of 2018. Montgomery doesn't throw hard (92.5 mph average fastball) but mixes up a four-pitch arsenal well, leading to a healthy 12.9 SwStr% and 24.4 K% last season. There's a good chance positive regression is coming, which should boost the left-hander's overall numbers and could make him a nice sleeper pick as a solid mid-rotation starter this season.
Montgomery spent 2019 recovering from mid-2018 Tommy John surgery. The lefty pitched all of 7.2 innings of real baseball over three levels last season, capped off by two appearances with the big-league club in September. Before the surgery, Montgomery was useful as a back-end starter in 2017, collecting strikeouts and enjoying the run support the Yankees can provide. Given he has thrown a combined 35 innings the past two seasons, there is only so much work Montgomery is going to be able to do in 2020. The last thing to return for every TJS recipient is command. Control is throwing it in the strike zone, while command is throwing it where the pitch is called for in the zone. He will be approximately the Yankees' No. 7 starter on the depth chart heading into camp, so the expectation should be that he will wait his turn while staying moderately stretched out at Triple-A.
Montgomery's first five starts of the 2018 campaign were sluggish. He was walking more while fanning fewer than he did in his promising rookie season. The lefty was lifted after one inning in a May 1 start in Houston with what was initially diagnosed as a left elbow strain. A little over a month later, Montgomery went under the knife, undergoing Tommy John surgery. With a typical 12-to-14 month recovery time frame, it's possible Montgomery can return sometime during the second half of 2019. However, the Yankees aren't going to hold a rotation spot for him, so he's likely to return as a reliever, or perhaps spend extended time starting for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Unless you have deep reserves, Montgomery really isn't even a target for those in keeper leagues as a 2020 stash since his role is unclear.
Above-average control of four average offerings will take a pitcher a long way in Major League Baseball, as Montgomery showed last season. He only throws his fastball 92 mph and none of his secondary pitches (curveball, slider, change) are truly plus yet, but they all play against big-league hitters -- the offspeed is good enough for Montgomery to keep right-handed hitters in check (.241/.301/.386 last season). Montgomery limited the free passes in his first exposure to big-league hitters (3.0 BB/9), which was huge as he did have some issues with the long ball, especially on the road (1.7 HR/9). There may be room for growth in the strikeout department given his 12.2 percent swinging-strike rate, above-average chase rate and track record at the upper levels of the minors, but owners would be wise to simply pay for a repeat (of both production and workload), with anything beyond that being a bonus.
A big-bodied southpaw out of South Carolina, the 6-foot-6 Montgomery tormented the opposition in 2016. A polished college hurler drafted in the fourth round in 2014, Montgomery had no issues with Double-A Trenton to begin the year and performed even better with a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, recording a 0.97 ERA and 37:9 K:BB in six starts to finish the year. Montgomery doesn't have one standout pitch, and he may not be frontline starter material, but he uses a three-pitch combination of fastball, changeup and curveball extremely effectively. Tinkering with Montgomery's mechanics has also allowed him to register a few more ticks on the radar gun. Montgomery should start the year in Triple-A with a chance to make his MLB debut by midseason.
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Should be back after All-Star break
PArizona Diamondbacks
Knee
July 14, 2024
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Sunday that he feels good about Montgomery's (knee) chances of returning from the 15-day injured list for the first turn through the rotation coming out of the All-Star break, Alex Weiner of ArizonaSports.com reports.
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Throws sim game
PArizona Diamondbacks
Knee
July 13, 2024
Montgomery (knee) threw a two-inning simulated bullpen session Friday, MLB.com reports.
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Out through All-Star break
PArizona Diamondbacks
Knee
July 11, 2024
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Thursday that Montgomery (knee) could be ready for Arizona's road trip immediately following the All-Star break, Alex Weiner of ArizonaSports.com reports.
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Throws bullpen session
PArizona Diamondbacks
Knee
July 9, 2024
Montgomery (knee) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Cleared for mound work
PArizona Diamondbacks
Knee
July 8, 2024
Montgomery (knee) will throw a 20-to-25 pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Alex Weiner of ArizonaSports.com reports.
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Moves on from Boras
PArizona Diamondbacks
April 11, 2024
According to Kiley McDaniel of ESPN.com, Montgomery hired Joel Wolfe and Nick Chanock as his agents Thursday.
ANALYSIS
The 31-year-old lefty apparently wasn't happy with how things played out in free agency, so he decided to move on from Scott Boras after agreeing to a one-year, $25 million contract with the Diamondbacks in late March. The deal includes a vesting option for 2025 worth up to $25 million depending on how many starts he makes, but it's still a far cry from McDaniel's offseason projection of five years and $106 million for Montgomery.
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