Monday, August 21, 2017

Digging Through the TGP Archive: Jordan Montgomery

This post was written almost a year ago to the day about the sudden emergence of Jordan Montgomery. It feels good to get one right every once in a while so I just wanted to share. Enjoy this look back into the Greedy Pinstripes archive.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Don’t Look Now but Jordan Montgomery is Coming

I have said it many times in my blog posts here at The Greedy Pinstripes and I am about to eat some crow for it too. I have been hard on the Yankees and their farm system for their seemingly lack of good quality starting pitching but while doing research for another blog post, a post that I ultimately scrapped and decided to write this instead, I found a few diamonds in the rough that many blogs and websites are not talking about. Chance Adams is one, Bryan Mitchell who is progressing through a rehab assignment is another and the final piece is the man we will showcase and talk about today, Jordan Montgomery.

Montgomery was a 2014 Draft pick by the Yankees in the fourth round and at the time it was widely thought that Montgomery was drafted to a bullpen piece for the Yankees going forward despite impressive numbers as a starter at the University of South Carolina. Montgomery, another one of those big-framed and hard-throwing pitchers the Yankees love, now stands just one step away from the Bronx after a mid-season promotion to Scranton/Wilkes Barre, a promotion and a run through the Yankees farm system that no one is seemingly talking about right now.

Montgomery credits a spike in velocity for his recent success. When Montgomery was drafted he was throwing in the 88-92 MPH range with movement and sink, with plus command as well, but these days Montgomery is seen throwing in more of the 91-94 MPH range with the same dip, sink and command. Montgomery has also improved on his changeup, his curveball and his cut fastball while improving his strikeouts per nine innings to almost 12 batters per nine in 2015.

James Kaprielian is probably the Yankees top pitching prospect, Domingo Acevedo is probably the Yankees pitching prospect with the highest ceiling and Justus Sheffield may be the Yankees pitching prospect that is showing the most promise right now but if you need a starting pitching prospect that can come up and not only come up now but come up and compete while keeping his team in games and giving his team the best shot to win, well you better watch out for Jordan Montgomery because he may be the man for the job.

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