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Time for him to get a thread...a former scout for the Astros/Mariners just slapped a 60 on him.

 

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  • TEAM: New York Yankees
  • AGE: 24
  • POSITION: Pitcher
  • BATS: Left
  • THROWS: Left
  • HEIGHT: 6-foot-6
  • WEIGHT: 225 lbs.
  • ACQUIRED: The New York Yankees selected Montgomery in the fourth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

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STRENGTHS

Every game I watch as a scout is a treat. There are some games, however, when I see a position player or pitcher that makes me want to scream, “Hey, look at this guy! Do you see what he’s doing?”

 

That happened to me in a recent spring training game in Port Charlotte, Florida.

The Tampa Bay Rays were hosting the New York Yankees in a meaningless spring training game. They are meaningless perhaps for the veterans just trying to get in shape and work toward opening day. But spring games are mega meaningful for prospects on the cusp of earning a place on the team’s 25-man roster.

Long and lankly lefty Jordan Montgomery took the mound as the starting pitcher for the Yankees. I had never seen him pitch. I had never heard any buzz about him at all.

It didn’t take long for Montgomery to make me sit up in my seat and take notice. Here’s what I saw: He filled up the strike zone with fastballs, sliders and changeups. He used a very solid repertoire of outstanding pitches and kept the Rays off-balance. In his 4.1 innings, Montgomery struck out eight and walked none. His command and control were impeccable.

Montgomery threw his fastball between 91 and 93 miles per hour with terrific late movement on the ball. He would mix in a very solid 85 mph slider and a changeup that would greet the hitter at 84 miles per hour and buckled their knees. His curveball is another offering that he throws at 71 mph.

Montgomery knows how to pitch. He uses all quadrants of the plate and certainly isn’t afraid to work inside. He has excellent mound demeanor. He is very savvy and cool on the mound and doesn’t get rattled or distracted.

Montgomery has the ability to be a dominating pitcher.

He changes speeds like a true craftsman. He is deceptive and clever on the mound. He repeats his delivery regardless of the pitch he is throwing, a difficult task even for some of the very best pitchers.

Not only does Montgomery miss bats and strike out hitters, he can also induce ground balls that are the result of late sinking action on his pitches.

WEAKNESSES

Perhaps, and that may be a reach, Montgomery still needs some work on his curveball. He has to guard against hanging the pitch high in the zone. Frankly, since he’s only yielded a minuscule 0.3 home runs per nine innings in his three-year minor-league career, that concern is all but eliminated.

NARRATIVE

Chris Sale is 6-foot-6, the same size as Montgomery. However, Sale is 27 pounds lighter than Montgomery. The repertoires of both pitches are very similar. Even their mound demeanor is similar.

Sale began his big-league career in the bullpen. I project Montgomery to start his major-league career in the Yankees rotation, but a stint in the bullpen wouldn’t be out of the question. With the exception of the weight difference, the similarities to Sale are almost scary. But if the physical difference is too much to make the comparison to Sale accurate, perhaps think David Price. That wouldn’t be too shabby either. He can be that good — maybe somewhere between Sale and Price. That’s All-Star territory.

He just needs the opportunity to pitch at the major-league level. I think that chance will come. Maybe not right away, but he’s good enough to keep the office lights on at night as the topic of a Yankees’ brass discussion.

The success Montgomery is having so far as a professional shouldn’t surprise. He was a 2011 All-USA baseball squad team member when he was at Sumter High School in South Carolina.

He was outstanding pitching in college at South Carolina, earning a Freshman All-America honor from Collegiate Baseball.

South Carolina pitcher Jordan Montgomery walks off the field after going eight innings in a 5-2 win over Campbell during an NCAA college baseball regional tournament game in Columbia, S.C., Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

South Carolina pitcher Jordan Montgomery walks off the field after going eight innings in a 5-2 win over Campbell during an NCAA college baseball regional tournament game in Columbia, S.C., Friday, May 30, 2014. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Montgomery has thrown 292.2 innings for the Yankees organization. He pitched at Double-A Trenton in the Eastern League last year as well as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League. In his 25 starts, he finished the season with a combined 2.13 earned run average. He had a combined WHIP of 1.19 on his way to a 14-5 record. There are other stunning numbers. For example, last season, he yielded only 122 hits in 139.1 innings. He walked only 45 while striking out 134.

Many left-handed pitchers have trouble with right-handed batters. Not Montgomery. Last season, lefties hit only .230 in 157 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters fared a tad better, but they hit only .233 in 425 plate appearances.

Many left-handed pitchers have trouble with command and control. Not Montgomery. He has walked only 87 batters in his 292.2 innings pitched. And he has struck out 286.

Montgomery was part of a spring no-hitter the Yankees threw against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland on March 17. He threw four hitless innings following Masahiro Tanaka and Chasen Shreve at the Tigers’ Lakeland, Florida spring camp.

THE FUTURE FOR MONTGOMERY

The Yankees starting rotation has been the subject of countless articles and opinions by analysts and scouts. We often hear that Masahiro Tanaka’s arm will not hold up over another full year. We often hear that Michael Pineda’s shoulder is still tender and could pose a problem. We hear whispers that CC Sabathia has lost too much off his repertoire to retire big-league hitters. And then we hear that the No.4 and No.5 starting roles are yet to be determined.

Will Luis Severino rebound from a bad year? Is Chad Green capable enough to be a starting pitcher? Bryan Mitchell is likely in the mix as well. With questions about their rotation, might Montgomery be a viable option to find himself in the starting rotation this season? Why not? I would guess he’s in the conversation.

If he isn’t used in the rotation as the season begins, it is feasible that Montgomery may break through to the major-league club at some point in the coming season. If any starter falters or suffers an injury, Montgomery may be only a phone call away.

CONCLUSIONS

Montgomery is still pitching under the radar. He’s got so many positive qualities that he should be given a chance to pitch against major-league hitters.

Solidly built and strong, he has a wide variety of pitches that he throws for strikes. I did not see a lapse in command or control. He was in charge on the mound.

Often, scouts get a brief look at a pitcher and have to make a judgment. In this case, Montgomery made it easy. He just retired hitter after hitter with relative ease. Everything he throws seems to move. His fastball, his secondary pitches, whatever he throws keeps the hitter off balance. He gets lots of swings and misses as he stays in charge on the mound. Hard contact is rare off his pitches.

The Yankees seem to have a gem on their pitching depth chart. He may not break camp in the rotation, but Montgomery has had scouts buzzing about his ability to navigate a lineup with poise and a terrific array of deceptive pitches.

SCOUTING PHRASE FOR MONTGOMERY: A complete starting pitcher with an outstanding repertoire and superb command and control

SCOUTING GRADE FOR MONTGOMERY: 60 – An occasional All-Star and a solid front-end of the rotation starter.

https://www.fanragsports.com/mlb/yankees/pleskoff-scouting-report-jordan-montgomery/

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Lol at most of that article. To even put this guys repertoire in the same breathe as Sale just forfeits almost everything else that was written. I've never seen him break 91 with the FB. He certainly can pitch and locate, but he is nowhere near a front-of-the-rotation guy. It is a 4/5 ceiling at best imo. 

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4 hours ago, ST. STEVEN said:

Lol at most of that article. To even put this guys repertoire in the same breathe as Sale just forfeits almost everything else that was written. I've never seen him break 91 with the FB. He certainly can pitch and locate, but he is nowhere near a front-of-the-rotation guy. It is a 4/5 ceiling at best imo. 

The sale comp is hyperbole but he literally hit as high as 95 in his last start.

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4 hours ago, fawkes_mulder said:

The sale comp is hyperbole but he literally hit as high as 95 in his last start.

I took the Sale comp as more of one relating to size than pitching ability....all Pleskoff mentioned when he was comparing the two was physical traits, not pitch quality,  types, degree of break on slider/curve, movement, etc etc...it was strictly size.  And being a USC alum, I can definitely see that comp cuz Jordan is a big boy...very tall with some long arms & legs.  Shoot, it must seem like he's halfway to home plate before he releases the ball lol

 

Anyway, it doesn't surprise me that Montgomery's FB has ticked up a few mph since he left Columbia...seems our pitching coaches & general philosophy is to have our guys concentrate on location, changing speeds & pitch to contact to let the defense get the outs.  It could be a philosophy that limits injury or allows for pitchers to be fully rested by the time their next turn comes around, I don't know--just guessing--but it does seem a lot of our pitchers are recruited with notes that they can hit mid-90's or what-have-you but I rarely see such numbers on the scoreboard at games. More often than not, they sit in the low-90's, high-80's and force a big difference in pitch speeds between pitch types but I'm no scout so I have no idea if this is planned or if HS recruiting notes are just that exaggerated.

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Another good day.

 

Jordan Montgomery held the Blue Jays to one run in five innings on Wednesday.

Montgomery did nothing to hurt his case for a rotation spot today. The Yankees will name a fourth starter within the next day or two. They don't intend to pick a No. 5 until they need one in mid-April. Montgomery could get either spot, and if he does, he'll be worth trying in AL-only leagues.
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11 minutes ago, jdbob11 said:

We use FAAB so I was able to snag him this morning.  Glad no one else knew about him now I just hope he can put up the results lol. 

 

I wouldn't assume no one knew about him.  Perhaps other owners did know about him and decided to not spend their FAAB.

 

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2 minutes ago, jb_power said:

 

I wouldn't assume no one knew about him.  Perhaps other owners did know about him and decided to not spend their FAAB.

 

I got him for 0$ so I am assuming no one bid on him.  Its a fairly deep league so I would think someone would have put in a bid if they knew about him, especially with a good matchup against the Rays for his debut.  Either way I hope he is someone that can stay on my team. 

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