Jordan Montgomery

Position: LHP
Born: 12/27/91
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYY).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Combined to go 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 games between Trenton (Double-A) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A), throwing one shutout and striking out 134 batters while walking 45 and allowing 122 hits in 139 1/3 innings, limiting opposing hitters to a .232 average. In his one start at Scranton to open 2017, he tossed five innings of shutout ball, striking out eight while walking one.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre April 12 when RHP Johnny Barbato was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 04/12/17

Debut Details
April 12, in an 8-4 win over the Rays. The starting pitcher, he did not get the decision, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits over 4 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out seven, all of them swinging. Of 89 pitches thrown, 61 were for strikes. He also hit one batter. Montgomery opened the top of the first by striking out Steven Souza Jr. swinging on three pitches before setting down the next batter, Kevin Kiermaier, swinging as well. After walking Evan Longoria with two out, Montgomery gave up a two-run home run to left field Rickie Weeks Jr. before getting Corey Dickerson to ground out to end the inning. He had a 1-2-3 inning in the second, notching a pair of lineouts and a groundout. In the third, Peter Bourjos led off with a single and, after Souza lined out, Montgomery hit Kiermaier with a pitch, but proceeded to strike out both Longoria and Weeks swinging to end the threat. He struck out his third batter in a row to open the fourth, getting Dickerson to whiff, before Derek Norris singled to left only to be thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Daniel Robertson then drew a walk and Tim Beckham singled to left before Bourjos ended this threat, popping out to foul first base territory to end the inning. In the fifth, Souza led things off with a double to left before Montgomery struck out Kiermaier and Longoria. At that point, he was replaced by right-handed reliever Bryan Mitchell. With Mitchell on the mound, Weeks grounded the ball to second base where Starlin Castro's error allowed Souza to score with Montgomery's final run on his record before Weeks was thrown out at second to end the inning.

Player Notes
An outstanding 2016 campaign had Montgomery sharing fourth place in the minors for wins and earning Eastern League All-Star honors before posting an 0.97 ERA in six starts at Scranton, catapulted him into legit-prospect status with the Yankees. A strong spring training cemented it as he was reassigned to the minors on March 30 to simply stay on schedule, with the Yankees not needing their #5 starter until Montgomery's debut start April 12. While Montgomery was lauded by Baseball America for having the Eastern League's best breaking pitch in 2016, it's not so much the quality of his stuff that sets him apart as its range and consistency. He brings a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s that has added 2-3 mph of velo in the last year, a plus changeup to offset it, and a curveball and a cutter/slider to add to the toolbox. He's got a deceptive delivery and double-plus makeup to boot. In his early years between 2014 and 2015, he moved rapidly from the Gulf Coast League to Staten Island (Short-Season A) to Charleston (Class A) to Tampa (High A), combining at the four spots to go 11-9 with a 3.05 ERA in 35 games, striking out 152 batters in 153 innings and limiting opposing hitters to a .234 average before his real breakout campaign in 2016.