The New York Yankees will be looking for some depth in the bullpen during the 2013 MLB spring training that will be starting up very soon. Is it possible for prospect Mark Montgomery to find his way onto the 25-man roster?
New York selected the 22-year-old in the 11th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. In 2012, he was promoted from the Tampa Yankees in High-A to the Trenton Thunder in the Double-A Eastern League. During the time in both leagues last season, he went 7-2 with a 1.54 earned run average and 99 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings. He also struck out 13.8 batters per nine innings as well as 4.50 batters per walk while walking only 3.1 hitters per nine.
Montgomery’s undeniable success in the minors over the past two seasons in which he has moved up four levels has members of the Yankees organization talking. His 93-95 MPH four-seam fastball and untouchable slider could do wonders in the big leagues. The slider, that is easily his signature pitch, simply cannot be hit and the good news for him is that it looks like it will transition well into the majors. What has New York so excited about the slider is that Montgomery is able to change the break on the pitch whenever he wants which allows him to strike out batters at a higher rate.
There is no question the reliever will have to have quite the showing in spring training for the Yankees to put him on the Opening Day roster, but if anyone is capable of accomplishing the feat it is him. New York will be looking for at least one more reliever to place in the bullpen and although there are several solid candidates I for one would not be surprised to see Montgomery’s name emerge to the top of the list. If anything else, he will start out in Triple-A and expect to see him get called up at some point during the regular season.