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Mike Montgomery | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (25) / 7/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Rays pitching prospect Mike Montgomery will be used as a reliever during spring training.
The former top prospect just hasn't developed as hoped as a starter and the Rays have decided to finally try him out in the bullpen. Montgomery's stuff figures to play up in relief, giving him a shot to be an impact arm in Tampa's bullpen. With Jake McGee (elbow) slated to miss the first month of the season, Montgomery could be a dark horse to crack the Opening Day roster. Mar 1 - 1:18 PM

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Rays left-handed pitching prospect Mike Montgomery struck out nine in 8 1/3 innings as part of a no-hitter that was completed by Brad Boxberger.

Montgomery was a top-25 prospect when he reached Triple-A in 2011, then as part of the Kansas City Royals organization. He has a 2.81 ERA and 1.130 WHIP to go with a 9.8 K/9 through his first five starts of the season. He still walks too many (4.2 BB/9 in 2014 and 3.6 BB/9 for his career), but he could be a solid high-strikeout lefty at the back of a rotation.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 10:13:00 AM

Rays prospect LHP Mike Montgomery was sharp in his second outing of the season on Friday, allowing one run on three hits and a walk with five strikeouts in five innings for Triple-A Durham.

The 24-year-old struggled to the tune of a 4.72 ERA and 77/48 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 108 2/3 innings (19 starts) for Durham last season, so the fact that he's now allowed only one run in both starts this year is encouraging. Overall, Montgomery owns a 0.90 ERA and 12/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 10 innings. He'll never become the front-of-the-rotation force many expected during his days as a highly touted Rays prospect, but Montgomery should have the opportunity to contribute in the major leagues this season in some capacity.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 01:34:00 PM

Rays optioned LHP Mike Montgomery to Triple-A Durham.

The 24-year-old southpaw had a disappointing 2013 campaign, compiling a 4.83 ERA,1.46 WHIP and 87/51 K/BB ratio over 117 1/3 innings between High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. He's merely organizational depth at this point until he can improve his command.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 01:49:00 PM

Rays prospect Mike Montgomery hurled seven no-hit innings at Triple-A Durham on Friday, but was removed before he had a chance at completing the impressive feat.

Montgomery started the eighth inning with a walk, and then was taken out with his pitch count at 99. The Bulls bullpen proceeded to allow six runs and take away his much deserved victory as well. He's just another in a long line of pitching prospects in the Rays organization that will soon make an impact at the big league level.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 10:42:00 PM

Rays acquired LHP Mike Montgomery from the Royals in the James Shields trade.

Montgomery was once a highly-rated prospect, but has struggled to find success above the Double-A level. Still, he's only 23 and will likely benefit from getting away from the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He could be a factor for the Rays at some point in 2013.
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 12:07:00 AM

Royals purchased the contract of LHP Mike Montgomery from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Montgomery was once thought of as a top pitching prospect, but he's yet to have success above the Double-A level and will turn 24 years old next summer. The 2013 season could play a huge role in how his career unfolds.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 04:14:00 PM

Royals pitching prospect Mike Montgomery was demoted from Triple-A Omaha to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Montgomery is in the middle of his second straight disappointing season at the Triple-A level, posting a 5.69 ERA and 67/43 K/BB ratio over 91 2/3 innings. Ranked as the game's No. 23 prospect over the winter by Baseball America, the 23-year-old left-hander has been knocked around for 16 runs in 12 1/3 innings over his last three starts. Perhaps getting away from the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League will improve his confidence and get his career back on track.
Wed, Jul 11, 2012 08:31:00 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost confirmed Mike Montgomery is not on his list of rotation candidates.

Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino finished last season with the Royals and are considered the favorites to start Opening Day behind Jonathan Sanchez, Luke Hochevar and Bruce Chen.
Sun, Mar 11, 2012 04:05:00 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost didn't rule out Mike Montgomery making the Opening Day roster if he has a strong spring training.

"If Montgomery has a spring like Crow did last year, it’s going to be real interesting to figure out what we’re going to do," the manager said. The reality is that the top prospect is a real longshot. He's well behind incumbents Felipe Paulino and Danny Duffy in the competition for the final two rotation spots, and Montgomery really hasn't pitched well in the minors since the first half of 2010. He posted a 5.32 ERA over 28 games -- 27 starts -- at Triple-A in 2011. His time will come, but he's not ready yet.
Sun, Feb 19, 2012 12:25:00 PM

Royals prospect left-hander Mike Montgomery struggled with his control against the Rockies on Friday, walking four and striking out three over two scoreless innings of work.

He's now issued seven walks in five innings this spring. For the time being, Montgomery appears unlikely to make a major-league appearance before rosters are expanded in September.
Fri, Mar 11, 2011 06:43:00 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said that prospect left-hander Mike Montgomery (elbow) was placed back on the minor league disabled list only as a precaution.

"It’s just precautionary," said Moore. "The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging test) is clean. It looks good. There is nothing abnormal at all." Good news, especially since this was his second trip to the disabled list in the past month. Montgomery, 20, is 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA over 10 starts between Single- and Double-A this season. He was ranked as the organization's No. 1 prospect by Baseball America over the winter.
Mon, Jun 21, 2010 05:43:00 PM

Royals prospect left-hander Mike Montgomery has been placed back on the minor league disabled list following a recurrence of elbow soreness.

Hardly a good sign, as the soreness originally surfaced in late May. The 20-year-old southpaw is 5-1 with a 2.01 ERA over 10 starts between High-A Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season. A supplemental first round pick of the Royals in 2008, Montgomery was ranked as the organization's No. 1 prospect by Baseball America over the winter.
Fri, Jun 18, 2010 07:46:00 PM

Mike Montgomery fanned 13 while allowing one run and two hits in seven innings Tuesday for Single-A Wilmington.

Montgomery, a 20-year-old lefty, is the Royals’ most exciting pitching prospect. He’s opened this year with a 19/1 K/BB ratio in two starts and he now has a 1.97 ERA in 11 outings for Wilmington dating back to last year, so it shouldn’t be much longer at all before he’s promoted to Double-A.
Wed, Apr 14, 2010 01:40:00 PM

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