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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
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Birth Date7-1-1989
Height6' 5"
Weight215 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 17 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
0.42015
1.92016
1.62017
0.92018
0.32019
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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 PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2015 SEA MLB 16 16 90.0 4 6 0 92 37 64 11 98 9.2 3.7 1.1 6.4 53% .291 1.43 4.63 4.60 108 4.71 110.1 0.4
2016 CHN 0 17 5 38.3 1 1 0 30 20 38 5 93 7.0 4.7 1.2 8.9 61% .258 1.30 4.77 2.82 77 2.48 54.9 1.2
2016 SEA 0 32 2 61.7 3 4 0 49 18 54 3 103 7.2 2.6 0.4 7.9 59% .272 1.09 3.15 2.34 93 4.02 88.9 0.8
2017 CHN MLB 44 14 130.7 7 8 3 103 55 100 10 99 7.1 3.8 0.7 6.9 59% .253 1.21 4.08 3.38 103 4.31 91.7 1.6
2018 CHN MLB 38 19 124.0 5 6 0 131 39 86 10 99 9.5 2.8 0.7 6.2 53% .309 1.37 3.89 3.99 102 4.57 102.2 0.9
2016 TOT MLB 49 7 100.0 4 5 0 79 38 92 8 99 7.1 3.4 0.7 8.3 60% .267 1.17 3.77 2.52 87 3.43 75.8 1.9
CareerMLB14756444.72025340516934239998.23.40.86.956%.2811.294.073.601004.2794.84.8

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 LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2011 OMA AAA PCL 28 27 150.7 5 11 0 157 69 129 15 99 9.4 4.1 0.9 7.7 51% .320 1.50 4.87 5.32 0 0.00 0.0
2012 NWA AA TEX 10 10 58.0 2 6 0 69 21 44 12 100 10.7 3.3 1.9 6.8 49% .318 1.55 5.68 6.67 0 0.00 0.0
2012 OMA AAA PCL 17 17 91.7 3 6 0 110 43 67 12 98 10.8 4.2 1.2 6.6 49% .323 1.67 5.40 5.69 0 0.00 0.0
2013 PCH A+ FSL 2 2 8.7 0 1 0 9 3 10 0 101 9.3 3.1 0.0 10.4 39% .391 1.38 2.31 6.23 0 0.00 0.0
2013 DUR AAA INT 20 19 108.7 7 8 0 111 48 77 9 112 9.2 4.0 0.7 6.4 50% .305 1.46 4.35 4.72 0 0.00 0.0
2014 DUR AAA INT 25 25 126.0 10 5 0 117 48 98 9 105 8.4 3.4 0.6 7.0 51% .285 1.31 3.98 4.29 100 3.84 82.3
2015 SEA MLB AL 16 16 90.0 4 6 0 92 37 64 11 98 9.2 3.7 1.1 6.4 53% .291 1.43 4.63 4.60 108 4.71 110.1
2015 TAC AAA PCL 11 11 65.3 4 3 0 59 19 58 3 106 8.1 2.6 0.4 8.0 51% .299 1.19 3.42 4.13 85 3.17 68.3
2016 CHN MLB NL 17 5 38.3 1 1 0 30 20 38 5 93 7.0 4.7 1.2 8.9 61% .258 1.30 4.77 2.82 77 2.48 54.9
2016 SEA MLB AL 32 2 61.7 3 4 0 49 18 54 3 103 7.2 2.6 0.4 7.9 59% .272 1.09 3.15 2.34 93 4.02 88.9
2017 CHN MLB NL 44 14 130.7 7 8 3 103 55 100 10 99 7.1 3.8 0.7 6.9 59% .253 1.21 4.08 3.38 103 4.31 91.7
2018 CHN MLB NL 38 19 124.0 5 6 0 131 39 86 10 99 9.5 2.8 0.7 6.2 53% .309 1.37 3.89 3.99 102 4.57 102.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
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 2076 0.4533 0.4244 0.7911 0.5951 0.2828 0.8929 0.6137 0.2089
2018 1943 0.4720 0.4550 0.7817 0.6085 0.3177 0.8692 0.6319 0.2183
Career69600.45990.44430.77500.60930.30400.87060.61170.2250

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
2019 CHN $2,440,000
2018 CHN $611,250
2017 CHN $570,500
2016 SEA $515,000
2015 SEA $
2014 TBA $
2013 TBA $
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,696,750
2018Current$2,440,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$4,136,750
4 yrTotal$4,136,750

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 89 d1 year/$2.44M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.44M (2019). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$611,250 (2018). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/18.
  • 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.

2019 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 4 3.8 0 45 6 89.4 73 30 72 8 .255 1.15 3.51 3.58 10.1 1.1
80o 3.9 3.9 0 45 6 83.6 72 30 67 8 .267 1.23 3.85 3.94 7.3 0.8
70o 3.8 4.1 0 45 6 79.5 72 30 64 8 .275 1.28 4.10 4.2 5.3 0.6
60o 3.7 4.2 0 45 6 76.1 72 30 61 8 .283 1.33 4.32 4.43 3.5 0.4
50o 3.7 4.3 0 45 6 73.0 71 30 59 8 .290 1.38 4.52 4.64 1.9 0.2
40o 3.6 4.4 0 45 6 69.9 70 29 56 8 .297 1.42 4.72 4.86 0.2 0.0
30o 3.6 4.5 0 45 6 66.7 70 29 54 8 .304 1.48 4.95 5.09 -1.6 -0.2
20o 3.5 4.6 0 45 6 63.0 68 28 51 8 .313 1.54 5.22 5.37 -3.8 -0.4
10o 3.4 4.8 0 45 6 58.0 67 28 47 8 .325 1.63 5.59 5.76 -6.8 -0.7
Weighted Mean3.74.3045672.77029598.2881.374.504.622.00.2

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DateQuestionAnswer
2018-07-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who gets excess value in a dynasty league (keep forever) Side A: Rosario (OF-Min), Dozier, McHugh Side B: Starlin Castro, Mike Montgomery, Hirano and Seth Beer?? Fair trade?
(Loria from Milwaukee)
Fair, yes. I like Side A more, though, and it's not particularly close. (Scooter Hotz)
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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