Jordan Montgomery

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Jordan Montgomery
Jordan Montgomery.jpg
Montgomery with the New York Yankees
New York Yankees – No. 47
Pitcher
Born: (1992-12-27) December 27, 1992 (age 25)
Sumter, South Carolina
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 12, 2017, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through May 1, 2018)
Win–loss record11–7
Earned run average3.84
Strikeouts167
WHIP1.25
Teams

Jordan Blackmon Montgomery (born December 27, 1992), nicknamed "Gumby",[1] is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2017. Before his professional career, Montgomery played college baseball for the South Carolina Gamecocks. Listed at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) and 225 pounds (102 kg), Montgomery both throws and bats left-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

Montgomery attended Sumter High School in Sumter, South Carolina. He played for the school's baseball team, and was named the state's player of the year as a senior.[2] Montgomery enrolled at the University of South Carolina, and played college baseball for the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball team.[3] He was named Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week on April 9, 2012, and a Freshman All-American.[4]

Professional career[edit]

The New York Yankees selected Montgomery in the fourth round, with the 122nd overall selection, of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.[4] He signed with the Yankees, receiving a $424,000 signing bonus. He pitched for the Gulf Coast Yankees of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and the Staten Island Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League, pitching to a 1-1 record with a 3.79 ERA in 19 innings, as the Yankees limited his workload after the college season.[2] In 2015, he began the season with for the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League.[5][6] The Yankees promoted him to the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League in June.[7] Montgomery began the 2016 season with the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League[8] and was promoted to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders of the Class AAA International League in August.[9] He pitched in the Triple-A National Championship Game, earning the win.[10]

Montgomery received a non-roster invitation to spring training in 2017,[11] and competed for a job in the their Opening Day starting rotation.[12] After starting the season at Triple-A for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees promoted Montgomery to the major leagues on April 12, 2017.[13][14] In his major league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays, Montgomery received a no-decision as he allowed three runs (two earned) in ​4 23 innings, striking out seven.[15] On April 17, in his second major league start, Montgomery earned his first major league win against the Chicago White Sox.[16] On June 9 against the Baltimore Orioles, Montgomery pitched a career-high seven innings and struck out a career-high eight batters.[17] Montgomery tied those same career highs in a June 26 start against the White Sox.[18] Prior to the All-Star Break, Montgomery pitched to a 3.65 ERA, striking out 87 batters in ​91 13 innings.[19] On July 25, against the Cincinnati Reds, Montgomery took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Scott Schebler hit a double to break up the bid.[20] On August 6, he was optioned to Triple-A.[21] He was recalled on August 11 after CC Sabathia suffered a knee injury.[22] On August 12, Montgomery was struck in the head by an errant foul ball during batting practice while signing autographs prior to the game;[23] he was not seriously hurt.[24] In 29 starts on 2017, Montgomery finished with a 9-7 record and a 3.88 ERA.

On May 1, 2018, Montgomery left a game against the Houston Astros after one inning due to elbow tightness, which sent him to the disabled list the next day with a flexor strain and it was announced he would be out 6-8 weeks.[25] However on June 5, it was announced that Montgomery would undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his season.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Montgomery has two older brothers.[27] He earned the nickname "Gumby" in college after a senior baseball player used the moniker to make fun of his long limbs and lack of coordination.[27][28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marchand, Andrew (July 7, 2017). "From Gumby to the next Andy Pettitte? Jordan Montgomery blossoms in Bronx". ESPN. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Former South Carolina star Jordan Montgomery looking forward to pitching with RiverDogs". Post and Courier. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Kornblut, Phil (July 13, 2010). "Sumter pitcher picks USC". The State. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Yankees select USC pitcher Montgomery in fourth round of MLB Draft". WACH FOX. June 6, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "Former Gamecock pitcher Jordan Montgomery assigned to Charleston RiverDogs". Post and Courier. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "New York Yankees prospect Jordan Montgomery goes career-high seven innings for Charleston RiverDogs – MiLB.com News – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Jordan Montgomery almost perfect in Yankees' Tampa affiliate debut". Newsday. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Franko, Kyle (July 3, 2016). "Jordan Montgomery having All-Star season for Thunder". The Trentonian. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. ^ Hennigan, Shane (August 9, 2016). "RAILRIDERS: Montgomery's strong starts don't go unnoticed by RailRiders". The Times-Tribune. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  10. ^ "Montgomery winning pitcher in Triple-A title game". The Sumter Item. September 21, 2016. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  11. ^ DiPietro, Lou (March 11, 2017). "Jordan Montgomery is opening eyes in Yankees camp this spring". YES Network. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "What you need to know about Jordan Montgomery, Yankees' starter vs. Rays on Wednesday". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  13. ^ III, George A. King (April 10, 2017). "Yankees' spring training darling wins 5th-starter job". New York Post. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "What Yankees like about left-hander Jordan Montgomery, who is debuting Wednesday". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  15. ^ Miller, Randy. "Jordan Montgomery does OK in debut, but Aaron Judge star of Yankees win". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Sherman, Joel (April 17, 2017). "Jordan Montgomery has chance to be something rare for Yankees". New York Post. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  17. ^ "Yankees' Jordan Montgomery, Aaron Hicks down Orioles | Rapid reaction". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  18. ^ "Jordan Montgomery pitches New York Yankees past Chicago White Sox". United Press International. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  19. ^ "Jordan Montgomery » Splits » 2017 » Pitching | FanGraphs Baseball". Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  20. ^ "Yankees-Reds: Jordan Montgomery loses no-hitter in 6th inning". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  21. ^ "Montgomery optioned to minors by Yankees". TheBigSpur. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  22. ^ "CC Sabathia to DL; Jordan Montgomery recalled". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  23. ^ "Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery struck in head by ball during batting practice". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2017-08-13.
  24. ^ http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/yankees/jordan-montgomery-ok-after-being-hit-in-head-during-batting-practice-1.14014171
  25. ^ "Jordan Montgomery goes on DL with elbow strain". MLB. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  26. ^ Sears, Ethan (June 5, 2018). "Yankees lose Jordan Montgomery to Tommy John surgery". New York Post. Retrieved June 5, 2018.
  27. ^ a b Serby, Steve (April 16, 2017). "Jordan Montgomery on journey to majors and why he's called 'Gumby'". New York Post. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  28. ^ "From Gumby to the next Andy Pettitte? Jordan Montgomery blossoms in Bronx". ESPN. Retrieved July 27, 2017.

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