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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 28)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
89.3 4.18 1.34 76 5 4 0 0.8
Birth Date7-1-1989
Height6' 5"
Weight215 lbs
Age28 years, 7 months, 19 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2014
-0.22015
1.92016
1.62017
0.82018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2015 SEA MLB 16 16 90.0 4 6 0 92 37 64 11 .264 98 9.2 3.7 1.1 6.4 53% .291 .275 1.43 4.63 4.60 107 5.25 122.6 -0.2
2016 CHN 0 17 5 38.3 1 1 0 30 20 38 5 .267 93 7.0 4.7 1.2 8.9 61% .258 .271 1.30 4.77 2.82 91 3.78 83.6 0.6
2016 SEA 0 32 2 61.7 3 4 0 49 18 54 3 .258 103 7.2 2.6 0.4 7.9 59% .272 .229 1.09 3.15 2.34 91 3.20 70.9 1.3
2017 CHN MLB 44 14 130.7 7 8 3 103 55 100 10 .261 99 7.1 3.8 0.7 6.9 59% .253 .227 1.21 4.08 3.38 101 4.29 91.3 1.6
2016 TOT MLB 49 7 100.0 4 5 0 79 38 92 8 .262 99 7.1 3.4 0.7 8.3 60% .267 .246 1.17 3.77 2.52 91 3.42 75.8 1.9
CareerMLB10937320.71519327413025629.262997.73.60.87.257%.269.2471.264.143.451004.2995.23.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2011 OMA AAA 28 27 150.7 5 11 0 157 69 129 15 .268 99 9.4 4.1 0.9 7.7 51% .320 .260 1.50 4.87 5.32 101 4.91 103.6
2012 NWA AA 10 10 58.0 2 6 0 69 21 44 12 .266 100 10.7 3.3 1.9 6.8 49% .318 .301 1.55 5.68 6.67 108 5.28 107.9
2012 OMA AAA 17 17 91.7 3 6 0 110 43 67 12 .272 98 10.8 4.2 1.2 6.6 49% .323 .301 1.67 5.40 5.69 111 6.56 115.9
2013 PCH A+ 2 2 8.7 0 1 0 9 3 10 0 .281 101 9.3 3.1 0.0 10.4 39% .391 .257 1.38 2.31 6.23 92 3.86 101.0
2013 DUR AAA 20 19 108.7 7 8 0 111 48 77 9 .248 112 9.2 4.0 0.7 6.4 50% .305 .254 1.46 4.35 4.72 114 6.62 120.3
2014 DUR AAA 25 25 126.0 10 5 0 117 48 98 9 .251 105 8.4 3.4 0.6 7.0 51% .285 .240 1.31 3.98 4.29 98 5.34 111.2
2015 SEA MLB 16 16 90.0 4 6 0 92 37 64 11 .264 98 9.2 3.7 1.1 6.4 53% .291 .275 1.43 4.63 4.60 107 5.25 122.6
2015 TAC AAA 11 11 65.3 4 3 0 59 19 58 3 .262 106 8.1 2.6 0.4 8.0 51% .299 .242 1.19 3.42 4.13 89 3.28 94.1
2016 CHN MLB 17 5 38.3 1 1 0 30 20 38 5 .267 93 7.0 4.7 1.2 8.9 61% .258 .271 1.30 4.77 2.82 91 3.78 83.6
2016 SEA MLB 32 2 61.7 3 4 0 49 18 54 3 .258 103 7.2 2.6 0.4 7.9 59% .272 .229 1.09 3.15 2.34 91 3.20 70.9
2017 CHN MLB 44 14 130.7 7 8 3 103 55 100 10 .261 99 7.1 3.8 0.7 6.9 59% .253 .227 1.21 4.08 3.38 101 4.29 91.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2015 1446 0.4516 0.4578 0.7946 0.6524 0.2976 0.8873 0.6271 0.2054
2016 1495 0.4615 0.4448 0.7248 0.5884 0.3217 0.8251 0.5676 0.2752
2017 2015 0.4521 0.4268 0.7930 0.6004 0.2835 0.8958 0.6134 0.2070
Career49560.45480.44130.77290.6120.29910.8720.60360.2271

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-06-16 2010-08-04 Minors 49 0 Left Forearm Strain -
2010-05-22 2010-06-15 Minors 24 0 Left Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $570,500
2016 SEA $515,000
2015 SEA $
2014 TBA $
2013 TBA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,085,500
2 yrTotal$1,085,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 89 d1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.515M (2016). Re-signed by Seattle 3/3/16. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade from Seattle 7/20/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5075M (2015). Re-signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 3/8/15. Acquired by Seattle in trade from Tampa Bay 3/31/15.
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Tampa Bay 3/2/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Kansas City 11/20/12. Acquired by Tampa Bay in trade from Kansas City 12/9/12.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2008 (1s-36) (Hart HS, Newhall, Calif.). Signed 6/08, $0.988M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 5.7 3.9 0 55 8 106.8 80 38 91 9 .248 1.11 3.21 3.33 16.6 1.8
80o 5.6 4.1 0 55 8 100.7 81 38 86 9 .260 1.19 3.53 3.69 13.3 1.5
70o 5.5 4.2 0 55 8 96.3 81 39 82 9 .269 1.24 3.78 3.95 11.0 1.2
60o 5.4 4.3 0 55 8 92.7 81 39 79 9 .277 1.29 3.98 4.18 8.9 1.0
50o 5.4 4.4 0 55 8 89.3 81 39 76 9 .284 1.34 4.19 4.39 6.9 0.8
40o 5.3 4.5 0 55 8 86.0 81 38 74 9 .291 1.39 4.39 4.61 4.9 0.5
30o 5.2 4.6 0 55 8 82.5 81 38 71 9 .299 1.44 4.60 4.84 2.8 0.3
20o 5.1 4.8 0 55 8 78.5 80 38 67 9 .308 1.51 4.86 5.12 0.3 0.0
10o 4.9 5 0 55 8 73.2 79 38 63 9 .321 1.60 5.23 5.51 -3.3 -0.4
Weighted Mean5.44.4055889.18038769.2831.334.164.377.10.8

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201929111103232207172761862154.2861.204.134.547.53.38.10.92.2
202030101003030184154671591854.2861.204.154.567.53.37.80.92.0
20213191002828171148611511954.2921.224.224.637.83.28.01.01.7
20223291002727164143591451854.2951.234.214.627.83.27.91.01.7
2023339902626151131551311654.2921.234.244.667.83.37.81.01.5
2024348802323136117491191454.2921.224.214.627.83.37.90.91.4
2025357702121123108441071454.2941.244.274.697.93.27.81.01.2
2026366601717998636861154.2941.234.264.687.83.37.81.01.0
202737550141485753174954.2941.244.284.707.93.37.80.90.8

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 88 Alex Colome 2017 3.65
2 85 Adam Warren 2016 5.23
3 84 Josh Collmenter 2014 3.76
4 83 Justin Wilson 2016 4.45
5 83 Kyle Gibson 2016 5.44
6 82 Ryan Cook 2015 19.73
7 82 Jhoulys Chacin 2016 4.94
8 81 Jeanmar Gomez 2016 4.98
9 80 Chien-Ming Wang 2008 4.17
10 80 Jacob deGrom 2016 3.22
11 80 Zach Miner 2010 0.00 DNP
12 80 Joe Kelly 2016 5.17
13 80 Chris Bassitt 2017 0.00 DNP
14 80 Lucas Harrell 2013 6.50
15 79 Garrett Richards 2016 4.15
16 79 Roberto Hernandez 2009 6.89
17 79 Jimmy Nelson 2017 3.80
18 79 Alex Cobb 2016 9.00
19 79 Joe Saunders 2009 4.94
20 78 Taylor Jordan 2017 0.00 DNP
21 78 Ryan Pressly 2017 4.99
22 78 Robinson Tejeda 2010 4.13
23 78 Clay Buchholz 2013 1.91
24 77 Johnny Cueto 2014 2.51
25 77 Andrew Cashner 2015 5.41
26 76 T.J. McFarland 2017 7.00
27 76 Robbie Ross 2017 7.00
28 75 Justin Grimm 2017 5.53
29 75 Brandon Webb 2007 3.47
30 75 Dallas Keuchel 2016 4.71
31 75 Sergio Mitre 2009 7.66
32 75 Aaron Cook 2007 4.72
33 75 Carlos Zambrano 2009 4.15
34 75 Vin Mazzaro 2015 4.50
35 74 Chris Heston 2016 10.80
36 74 Dustin McGowan 2010 0.00 DNP
37 74 Blake Treinen 2016 2.55
38 74 Matt Harrison 2014 4.15
39 74 Alexi Ogando 2012 3.68
40 74 Tyson Ross 2015 3.58
41 74 Jose Quintana 2017 4.39
42 74 Nick Blackburn 2010 5.65
43 74 Michael Blazek 2017 9.35
44 74 Darrell Rasner 2009 0.00 DNP
45 74 Jose Alvarez 2017 4.25
46 74 Barry Zito 2006 4.03
47 74 Ricky Romero 2013 11.05
48 74 Zach McAllister 2016 3.61
49 74 Jim O'Toole 1965 6.98
50 74 Sammy Solis 2017 5.88
51 73 Joe Blanton 2009 4.10
52 73 Ubaldo Jimenez 2012 5.91
53 73 Nick Tepesch 2017 8.62
54 73 Seth Maness 2017 5.59
55 73 Chris Archer 2017 4.52
56 73 Adam Wainwright 2010 2.66
57 73 Alex Torres 2016 0.00 DNP
58 73 Chase Whitley 2017 4.55
59 72 Kevin Quackenbush 2017 7.86
60 72 Jon Garland 2008 5.31
61 72 Odrisamer Despaigne 2015 5.87
62 72 Wil Ledezma 2009 11.12
63 72 David Price 2014 3.59
64 72 Brandon McCarthy 2012 3.57
65 72 Shawn Hill 2009 5.25
66 72 Dave Stieb 1986 5.62
67 72 Kris Medlen 2014 0.00 DNP
68 72 David Phelps 2015 4.74
69 72 Clay Hensley 2008 6.23
70 72 Hyun-jin Ryu 2015 0.00 DNP
71 72 Neftali Feliz 2016 3.69
72 72 Jonny Venters 2013 0.00 DNP
73 72 Juan Rincon 2007 5.58
74 72 Erik Bedard 2007 3.26
75 72 Sam Dyson 2016 2.43
76 72 Orel Hershiser 1987 3.54
77 72 Matt Harvey 2017 6.80
78 72 Carlos Carrasco 2015 3.68
79 72 Chad Qualls 2007 3.16
80 71 Logan Ondrusek 2013 4.25
81 71 Mark Gubicza 1991 6.09
82 71 Gio Gonzalez 2014 3.74
83 71 Tim Hudson 2004 3.91
84 71 Jeremy Jeffress 2016 2.64
85 71 Steve Cishek 2014 3.58
86 71 Justin Masterson 2013 3.50
87 71 Jeremy Accardo 2010 8.10
88 71 Whitey Ford 1957 3.13
89 71 Mat Latos 2016 5.14
90 71 Zach Britton 2016 0.94
91 71 Frank Sullivan 1958 4.06
92 71 Daniel Cabrera 2009 8.29
93 71 Aaron Heilman 2007 3.77
94 71 Greg Maddux 1994 1.96
95 71 Mark Mulder 2006 7.42
96 71 Danny Duffy 2017 4.06
97 71 James Paxton 2017 3.11
98 71 Dana Eveland 2012 5.29
99 70 Chris Tillman 2016 3.82
100 70 Dallas Beeler 2017 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .216 .304 .342 .241
11 vs R (Multi) .239 .324 .378 .261
18 Split (Multi) -.023 -.020 -.037 -.020
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.020 -.022 -.064 -.025
30 vs L (2016) .183 .275 .296 .224
31 vs R (2016) .236 .325 .366 .256
38 Split (2016) -.053 -.050 -.070 -.032
39 LgAvg (2016) -.022 -.023 -.071 -.028

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Montgomery is now the answer to a trivia question. But he already would have been. Promise. Seems like every generation has a dozen or so of this type of pitcher out there, stuck halfway between starter and reliever. Montgomery did a bit more than that in 2016, going on the best run of his short big-league career with Chicago at the end of the season, and he’ll probably have a shot to try his pitch mix in the starting rotation this year. The Cubs are confident he’ll be able to do it, but the history of this type of pitcher is not on Montgomery’s side.
2016 It was an extremely long journey to the majors for the former top Royals prospect, but Montgomery finally made his debut in 2015, seven years after he was drafted and two organizations later. Montgomery showed some promise early, including back-to-back shutouts in his fifth and sixth starts. But the same issues that plagued him throughout his minor-league career emerged soon afterward: Montgomery keeps the ball down in the zone and generates a significant number of groundballs, but he doesn't have much in the way of an out pitch and still struggles to maintain his consistency from game to game and inning to inning. He could survive at the back end of a big-league rotation, but it is more likely that if he survives it will be as a spot starter and middle-to-long relief type.
2015 Montgomery's overall numbers in 2014 suggest an incremental improvement over 2013, but they're actually the aggregate of two starkly different halves. Nothing changed much last year—mechanics, arsenal, velocity—except a few months of results. In April, he nearly threw a no-hitter and cruised onto the International League All-Star Game with a 3.21 ERA. Then he collapsed, producing a 7.63 ERA and failing to reach the fifth inning in five of his final eight starts. He didn't see the seventh inning after June 9th, and not because his arm tired out: He's inefficient with his pitches and is prone to early trouble that drives him from games. Montgomery doesn't dominate lefties enough to convert him into a situational reliever, but he's still left-handed enough to reach the majors at some point, in some capacity.
2014 Maybe the worst thing to befall Montgomery was being named the Royals' top prospect before the 2012 season, when he was just 22. Still green in his development, he wasn't ready for that mantle; two seasons later he's no readier, not even after a change of organizations and a year under the Rays' esteemed pitching tutelage. He's mechanically inconsistent, mentally fragile and prone to the big inning. He's also been unsuccessful so far at mastering a cutter to complicate his fastball-change-curve arsenal. The Rays dispatched Montgomery to the AFL to keep working out his many kinks. The well-armed club is in no rush for his big-league payoff, so they'll send him back to Triple-A and hope for incremental rather than quantum-leap improvement.
2013 You think you had a bad year? Montgomery, Baseball Americas number one Royals prospect after 2011, and BP's number six, opened 2012 in Triple-A, got routinely rocked, was demoted to Double-A, and got rocked even harder. His control began fading his first time through Double-A in 2010 and has been eroding ever since. In Double-A, he tried to refine his command by easing off the power, but left too many pitches over the plate and got abused by Texas League hitters. His physical skillsincluding three plus pitchescould still work in his favor, but his confidence is shot. Having come to Florida in the Shields trade, his career now rides on the possibility that he can recapture his command under his new organizations tutelage.
2012 He was supposed to be at the head of the Royals pitching prospect class, but struggles in his first turn in Triple-A have delayed his progress. Command has been at the heart of his problems since he missed time with a strained forearm in 2010, and issued over four free passes per nine innings. He struggled to get ahead in the count which led him to catch too much of the dish when he needed to throw strikes. Montgomery features three above-average pitches (fastball, curve, and change), so one bad season doesnt mean its time to wave the white flag, but he will need to find his command and prove he can pitch at the highest level of the minors before the Royals give him a chance with the big league club.
2011 Early in the 2010 season, it looked like Montgomery might be making a name for himself as one of the best pitching prospects in the game, allowing just three runs in his first four starts at High-A Wilmington with nearly twice as many strikeouts as baserunners allowed. He didn't miss a step following a promotion to Double-A, but missed two months with a sore arm and scuffled upon his return. Montgomery is a highly athletic and almost shockingly coordinated 6-foot-5 lefty with a plus fastball and even better curve, and everything seemed to be back by the end of the season. Like Duffy, he still has a workload hurdle to cross, as he's yet to throw more than 110 innings in a season, but as far as stuff goes, there are no chinks in his armor.
2010 After an outstanding year, Montgomery has established himself as the top prospect in the Royals' system. The 36th overall pick in 2008's supplemental first round, Montgomery is a smart, heady kid with smooth, effortless mechanics, with a fastball that sits in the low 90s (touching 94). Of all the pitchers the Royals are developing, Montgomery is the one with the most star potentiala bit short of ace level, but star potential nonetheless.
2009 The Royals have been searching for a solid replacement Montgomery ever since their first edition, All-Star closer Jeff, retired after the 1999 season. It seems they might have snagged a good one in young Michael in the supplemental first round out of a California high school last year as compensation for losing free agent David Riske. (Thank you, Elias rankings!) The lanky southpaw pitches off his strong fastball and change, and needs to find a new curveball grip after throwing a basic palm variety for years.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is it worth keeping Mike Montgomery at around pick 300 in a 15 team 5 x 5?
(Chris from Baltimore)
I mean technically it could be worth it, but I think he needs to take a step forwards with his strikeouts and control AND the Cubs need to use him as a full-time starter, which they haven't shown much inclination to do so far, for him to be a significant value at that spot. (Darius Austin)
2017-07-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which pop up RP to SP conversion in 2017 do you believe is most sustainable ROS: Mike Montgomery, Trevor Cahill, Brad Peacock? (PS purposefully left off Alex Wood because...well, he's on another level)
(Punchoutpappy from First in Flight)
Alex Wood is incredible. But aside from that, I'd probably have them Cahill, Peacock, Montgomery. Cahill has been quietly *really* good this season. He's striking out over 11 guys per nine and has a 61 percent groundball rate. I wouldn't be shocked to see Peacock back in the pen with Fiers being better and all their starter getting healthy. (Mark Barry)
2017-05-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)Would Happ and Eloy be enough to get just about any sp out there on trade market?
(jb from iowa)
I don't think you have to do that based on how saturated the market is. Now, I said earlier that maybe a Herrera-Cain package gets Robles from Washington. I have no idea if Rizzo would do that, but if you're talking about moving Happ or Eloy, you better cash in double. It's not like last year where you had to give up Vogelbach (which even now, meh) for Mike Montgomery. There are better options now. (David Brown)
2016-12-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Soler to TB for Odorizzi? Soler and other prospects to TB for Archer? Thoughts on either of these options?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
I was told Mike Montgomery is going be a major league starting pitcher, so why do you need Odorizzi or Archer? Anyway, the "other prospects" better be like Eloy Jimenez if you want Archer. He's really good and the contract is silly. I could see the Cubs looking for an Odorizzi type though. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)I traded Bauer for Danny Duffy, full keeper league. Should I have a blindfold, a cigarette, and await the sound of gunfire?
(darthack2661 from New Jersey)
I don't answer many questions about Fantasy, if only because I'm not the guy you want to take advice from in that arena. Never played Fantasy baseball.

That said, I think just in real life terms, you could make the argument that's somewhat of a lateral move. So not that bad. I don't think you're going to get the cig blown out of your mouth by gruesome firing squad, for instance.

I'd probably say that taking the Duffy side is the 'riskier' half of that deal, but the left-handedness and my thoughts in years past about this guy just shortening up and fully focusing on the bullpen (think Mike Montgomery's trajectory...and Duffy has been a better starter than Montgomery was) give it some upside. (Adam McInturff)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)How about ranking MLB-debuting starting pitchers Jorge Lopez, Tyler Duffey, Cody Anderson, Zach Davies, John Lamb, Colin Rea, Mike Montgomery and Jerad Eickhoff for long-term value in a dynasty sim league, if you please? Are there big tiers or divisions there? Thanks for all your time spent on scouting and chats.
(delatopia from the 415)
Lopez is a clear No. 1 to me. After that I'd go Rea, Davies, Lamb, Eickhoff, Duffey, Anderson, Montgomery. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wilson, thanks for the chat. You guys are the best! Should I be jumping on the Mike Montgomery bandwagon, or is he just experiencing a lucky MLB debut with painful regression in his future?? Thanks for sharing your insights.
(Will from Seattle)
He's been great so far. Our metrics don't love it to continue - his 111 cFIP paints the picture of a below-average starter going forward. But he's certainly worth grabbing right now until we see whether or not the pixie dust wears off. (Wilson Karaman)
2014-04-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Everyone knows the big prospect names that will be called up between now and July (e.g., Polanco, Bradley, Singleton. etc.), but are there less heralded MILB guys you think are on the cusp of helping MLB teams?
(PaulR from Queens)
Ian literally talks about nothing else. Less heralded MILB guys are the vital backbone of a savvy Scoresheeter. Let's offer Tim Cooney and Jake deGrom in the NL, and Mike Montgomery and Sean Nolin in the AL. Draft and follow Triple A guys are much more versatile than all but the best Low-A prospects in all but trade bait ability. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Mike Montgomery's start for real?
(Boogie from Auburn)
I'm not sure how we're defining for real. I dont' believe he can continue to allow hits at such a miniscule rate, but I do believe he is better than his numbers have been the last couple of years. The key for Montgomery has always been his ability to locate in and around the zone. If that's taken a step forward -- which scouts have not suggested when I've spoken to them about his spring performance or during one of his recent starts -- then it is certainly possible he could still become a quality MLB starter. I wouldn't get too excited just yet, though. (Mark Anderson)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)I'm still on the Mike Montgomery (and John Lamb for that matter) bandwagon. It's lonely here. I'm prepared to jump, but I just can't quite make myself. What should I look for to keep my seat or finally bail?
(JoeTetreault from Carrollton, TX)
Not sure what is keeping you on the John Lamb bandwagon. At least Montgomery has a fresh start in Tampa. Lamb was throwing 86-88 with an upper 60s CB and just looked bad. (Jason Parks)
2012-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Rays manage to "fix" Mike Montgomery, is it more of an indictment on how bad things are in KC's player development dept. or is it another success story on how good the Rays are at developing pitchers? Also, what is Montgomery's upside?
(jlarsen from chicago)
It would probably be more a change of scenery and getting a fresh start than anything else. Sometimes, things either just become stale or a new voice finds an opening. Montgomery's struggled with his delivery and release point quite a bit. Bad results have a tendency to snowball too. If he turns things around, I lean towards it working out as a later inning reliever. (Chris Mellen)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are the chances that the trade to Tampa Bay was exactly what the doctor ordered for Mike Montgomery?
(Ian from Easton, PA)
It can't hurt, I guess. But I think Montgomery's problems exist within Montgomery. Perhaps a new approach in a new environment will help. (Jason Parks)
2012-11-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's wrong with Mike Montgomery? Do you think he will ever be able to make it in the majors as a SP?
(Nils from Stamford)
Well, we're talking about the team of Kyle Davies and Luke Hochevar here. You don't necessarily have to to be a good pitcher to be a Royals pitcher for a long time. So I'll say that he makes it in the sense that he is a major-league starter for a while, but not necessarily a good one. For that, you'll have to wait for the Royals prospect list, which will be out soon.

Since that wasn't a very satisfying answer, I'm just going to pretend you asked about Mark Montgomery instead. In which case: Nothing! Nothing is wrong with Mark Montgomery. (I really like Mark Montgomery, mostly because he reminds me of David Robertson.) (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is Mike Montgomery's biggest issue, in your opinion, other than trying to look like a robot on the mound instead of just letting the ball fly with his natural throwing motion...
(Nelly from OK)
Well, the issue you mentioned is pretty legit. I think a lot of Montgomery's issues are mental. I've seen the stuff look solid-avg to plus, but the execution just wasn't there. It was a bit schizophrenic (Jason Parks)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've finished brewing the beer for the podcast, but KG won't respond to my email asking for shipping instructions. Did I call your bluff on this or something? How soon should I give up on Mike Montgomery?
(matt from kansas city)
Tell him you are a fedora salesman with a noisy punk band that plays three chords. I bet he responds with urgency. Don't give up on Montgomery. It takes time. He has a chance to be a solid number two/three starter at the major league level. It just might not happen in 2012. He has a few mechanical hurdles to scale, but the stuff is there. (Jason Parks)
2012-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Montgomery failed to make your list. Has he lost his prospect hype?
(Ken from Ontario)
A LOT of people some really torn up over two players not being on the list: Montgomery and Nick Franklin. I like Montgomery plenty, but he hasn't been really good since the first half of 2010, and that's a very real concern. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was surprised to see that Mike Montgomery slipped to a 3 star prospect,but you rated Bret Jackson as a 5 star guy could you explain?
(brett from nashville )
Sure. I didn't. Kevin did. (Jason Parks)


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