Mike Montgomery expects to make the pitching rotation for the 2020 Kansas City Royals. Can he make that a permanent home?
The Kansas City Royals acquired LHP Mike Montgomery from the Chicago Cubs last July in exchange for Martin Maldonado. He went 2-7, with a 4.64 ERA, but he’s expected to improve as he’s given another chance in the starting rotation. Montgomery avoided arbitration and signed a one-year, $3.1M contract for the 2020 campaign.
Few pitchers understand pressure situations the way Mike Montgomery does. He closed game seven of the 2016 World Series in extra innings for a franchise that hadn’t won it in 108 years, in one of the wildest World Series games in baseball history.
Montgomery is entering his sixth season in the majors, but he has been tested in the postseason. He’s only 30 years old, and his best years are still ahead of him.
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He had an up-and-down couple of months with the Royals last year. His best start was truly solid though, as he went seven innings without allowing a run, and struck out 12 against the Detroit Tigers.
He started all 13 games with the Royals, whereas he had been a middle reliever with the Chicago Cubs….