Introducing Jordan Montgomery before his Major League debut

Jordan Montgomery will be the fifth starter in the Yankees rotation, making his Major League debut on Wednesday in the Bronx. Standing at 6’6,” the left hander has a pretty nice arsenal of pitches for such a young guy.  He has a four-seamer, curveball, cutter, changeup, and a sinker.  Before Spring Training, he was considered a long shot to make it to the big leagues out of camp.  But after his impressive spring, he made Joe Girardi seriously consider bringing him up. He pitched 19.2 innings and allowed seven earned runs and struck out 17. He made six spring appearances including two starts pitching to a 3.20 ERA.  Last season Montgomery was in both the Double-A and Triple-A where he had a 2.19 ERA and struck out about 23% of the batters he faced.  With his dominance in the minor leagues, Montgomery's development was kickstarted. 
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Montgomery was a fourth round pick (122nd overall) in the 2014 draft.  He played for the University of South Carolina.  The BBB staff has ranked him the 21st overall prospect with pitchers like Chad Green, Albert Abreu, Chance Adams, and Justus Sheffield to just name a few above him.  That does not mean he is not ready, and he may rise in the rankings very soon. The team probably loved the fact that he has five pitches which is rare for a young pitcher.  Look at Luis Severino, who came into the league with two pitches that were solid and one that needed a lot of work.  After one season, teams watched film on Severino and before you knew it he was back in the AAA.  Hopefully Montgomery wide variety of pitches will allow him to confuse the Rays in his first start and give the bullpen a lead to preserve.  At the end of the day, it is always exciting watching a young pitcher in his first start so lets all enjoy it and hope for many more from Jordan Montgomery.

Article by: Ben Bell


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