Mike Montgomery (baseball)

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Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery Warming Up 2015.JPG
Montgomery with the Seattle Mariners
Seattle Mariners – No. 37
Pitcher
Born: (1989-07-01) July 1, 1989 (age 26)
Valencia, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 2, 2015 for the Seattle Mariners
Career statistics
(through August 10, 2015)
Win–loss record 4–4
Earned run average 3.25
Strikeouts 60
Teams

Michael Paul Montgomery (born July 1, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). Montgomery was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft.

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

Montgomery was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the first round, with the 36th selection, of the 2008 MLB Draft out of William S. Hart High School in Santa Clarita, California. He rated the Royals sixth-best prospect by MLB.com.[when?] In 2012 he posted a combined record of 5-12 in 27 starts while splitting the season between the Royals' Double A and Triple A clubs.[1] On November 20, 2012 the Royals added Montgomery to the 40-man roster in anticipation of the upcoming Rule 5 Draft of Minor League players.[1]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On December 9, 2012, Montgomery was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays (along with Jake Odorizzi, Patrick Leonard and Wil Myers) in exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis.[2] He was optioned to AAA on March 11, 2013.[3]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

On March 31, 2015, Montgomery was traded to the Seattle Mariners for Erasmo Ramírez.[4] After an injury sidelined James Paxton, the Mariners called Montgomery up to the majors for the first time on June 2, 2015. He started that night against the New York Yankees at Safeco Field, giving up one run, four hits, and walking two while striking out four and leaving after six innings with a 2-1 lead. He was on track to earn his first major league win, but Mariners closer Fernando Rodney gave up a run with two outs in the ninth inning to blow the save and deny Montgomery the win in a game that the Yankees would go on to win 5-3 in 11 innings.[5]

On June 23, 2015, Montgomery became the first Mariners left-handed pitcher to ever throw a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts and no walks, getting the win against the Kansas City Royals 7-0.[6] Following his first career complete game shutout, Montgomery pitched his second consecutive shutout on June 30, 2015. He allowed one hit, a double in the 7th inning, to the San Diego Padres in a 5-0 win. He is the first Mariners pitcher since Freddy García in 2001 to throw complete game shutouts in consecutive starts.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kaegel, Dick (November 20, 2012). "Royals make moves to finalize 40-man roster". MLB.com. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ Chastain, Bill (December 9, 2012). "Rays deal Shields to Royals for Myers, prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Chastain, Bill (March 11, 2013). "Rays send 11 players to Minor League camp". MLB.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ Chastain, Bill (March 31, 2015). "Rays acquire righty Ramirez in trade with Mariners". MLB.com. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Yankees 5, Mariners 3, June 2, 2015, 7:10 pm PDT, Safeco Field". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Schoenfield, David (23 June 2015). "Tuesday's Power Rankings". ESPN.com. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 

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