Friday, March 24, 2017
Montgomery has been turning heads all spring and he definitely helped his case in his first start Thursday, striking out eight and walking one over 4 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs and three hits, including a triple. Montgomery’s numbers won’t blow you away: 3.68 ERA over 14 2/3 innings. But that’s not the point anyway.
The point: The Yankees, especially manager Joe Girardi, love Montgomery total package. He’s 6-foot-6 and Girardi often talks about the “downward plane” with which he pitches. His fastball works mostly in the low-90s, but he can get it higher and he controls it well. Montgomery’s an uncomfortable at-bat and he’s seasoned.
So, does he make it? I’m going to say no, for now. That could change. The rest of the rotation candidates could bomb — they haven’t been good as it is. But the Yankees don’t need a fifth starter until the 12th game of the season, and it’s more likely either Bryan Mitchell or Luis Severino get the fourth starter job. Montgomery could be an early-season option, though.
I haven’t had a chance to see much spring training and haven’t seen any Montgomery. CAIRO thinks he could put up a 4.36 ERA right now, so even if he doesn’t break camp with the team I think as long as he stays healthy and pitches well in AAA he’ll be making his MLB debut at some point early this season.
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