Mike Montgomery (baseball)

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Mike Montgomery
Mike Montgomery Warming Up 2015.JPG
Montgomery with the Seattle Mariners
Chicago Cubs – No. 38
Pitcher
Born: (1989-07-01) July 1, 1989 (age 27)
Mission Hills, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 2, 2015, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record 8–11
Earned run average 3.51
Strikeouts 156
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Michael Paul Montgomery (born July 1, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft, and made his MLB debut with the Seattle Mariners in 2015. Montgomery recorded the save in Game 7 of the Cubs' 2016 World Series championship.

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 the Mariners lost the game.[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][7] 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.[8] He is the first Mariners pitcher since Freddy García in 2001 to throw complete game shutouts in consecutive starts.

On August 30, 2015, Montgomery was sent back down to the Tacoma Rainiers. He made the Mariners' opening day roster in 2016 as a reliever.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On July 20, 2016, the Mariners traded Montgomery and Jordan Pries to the Chicago Cubs for Dan Vogelbach and Paul Blackburn. Mike Montgomery came in as a relief pitcher in the bottom of the 10th inning in game 7 of the World Series. He finished off the game with a ground out to complete his first career save and win the World Series for the Chicago Cubs.[9]

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 June 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ Schoenfield, David (June 23, 2015). "Tuesday's Power Rankings". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Mariners 7, Royals 0, June 23, 2015, 7:10 pm PDT, Safeco Field". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Mariners 5, Padres 0, June 30, 2015, 7:10 pm PDT, Petco Park". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  9. ^ Bastian, Jordan; Muskat, Carrie. "Chicago Cubs win 2016 World Series". MLB. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 

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