#24 Mike Montgomery – Kansas City Royals
As only the fifth-rated prospect and second-rated pitcher in the Royals system, one might rush to wonder how Montgomery could possibly rank inside the Sombrero’s top-25. Here’s how: he deals. In twenty 2010 starts – 13 of which came at the Double-A level – Montgomery threw up a 2.61 ERA while striking out nearly 3 guys per walk. And did this all while turning 21 about half-way through the season.
At this pace it is easy to envision Montgomery cracking the 2011 rotation by September, and potentially starting on Opening Day by 2013 or so. He has that kind of upside. He stands 6’5” and has a projectable, lean frame with length. He repeats his delivery very well. He throws across his body a tad, but it’s not bad and only adds to his deception.
Montgomery has an easy 60 fastball now that reaches the mid-90’s. It honestly has a chance at few more ticks, which would boost it into the 65-70 range and make it one of the better left-handed fastballs in baseball. His best secondary offering is a changeup that works in the low-80’s. It’s a 60 today and a 65 at its peak. His breaker has a ways to go, but will be a solid average pitch by Montgomery’s mid-20’s.
It’s absolutely absurd that the Royals have a guy who ranks higher than Montgomery on the mound and even crazier that they have three hitters that are better than any pitcher in the system.