LAKELAND, Fla. – After finishing off the Yankees’ three-pitcher combined exhibition no-hitter on Friday with four perfect innings, Jordan Montgomery has put himself in contention to perhaps make an outside run at a starter job in the Bronx.
Joe Girardi said Montgomery, an intriguing 24-year-old left-handed prospect who wears No. 90 and has pitched out of the bullpen during the spring, will make a start — perhaps in the next five or six days.
“We like him a lot. We’ve said that all along,” Girardi said. “He’s got a good breaking ball, a good changeup and throws on a downward angle, which we like. He’s different than a lot of lefties in a sense. He threw the ball very well today. We’re curious about him.”
Luis Severino, Bryan Mitchell, Adam Warren, Luis Cessa and Chad Green are the five candidates competing for the final two rotation spots. So far, it appears that Severino and Mitchell have pitched the best of the bunch, but there is still plenty of time left – perhaps even for another contender like Montgomery to emerge.
“That was definitely my best outing so far,” Montgomery said. “I felt a little more under control – especially in those last two innings when I started to settle in.”
Montgomery was a fourth-round pick of the Yankees in 2014 out of South Carolina. Last season, he went 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton. So far, the non-roster invitee has survived two rounds of cuts.
“It makes me feel that I’m here for a reason and that they want me here, so I’m just going to try to keep getting better and working hard and preparing myself the right way,” Montgomery said. “That’s always the goal: to get to get the major leagues. I’ve been working toward that my whole life, so I’m just going to try to keep getting better.”
Montgomery’s preference is to start, but he’d obviously be fine with a bullpen role as well – as long as it means getting to wear a Yankee uniform.
“We’re going to keep evaluating him,” Girardi said.
Published at Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:10:47 +0000