Frankie Montas throws hard, his fastball touching 100 mph even during his late-season trial with the White Sox. The problem is he doesn't always throw straight -- or at least where he wants to throw -- as evidenced by his 3.9 walks per nine innings at Double-A last year. He's also basically pure heat right now, lacking a consistent secondary pitch. It didn't seem to help the hitters he faced in September -- especially not in that start against the Tigers on the final day of the season, when he struck out seven in four innings -- but it's reason to wonder if he's ready to hold down a rotation spot despite his strong showing at Double-A. The White Sox apparently had their doubts, shipping him to the Dodgers this offseason, where the bullpen route seems even more likely. Still, Montas is an intriguing NL-only sleeper as a possible injury fill-in.
Montas was traded to the Dodgers on Wednesday as part of a massive seven-player, three-team trade, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports. In Montas, the Dodgers get another high-upside arm that is nearly big league ready. He was being developed as a starter by the White Sox, and while conventional wisdom suggests that is the route the Dodgers will go with him as well, he could also be a devastating late-inning reliever, if they feel that need was more dire. It is obviously an upgrade to go from The Cell to Dodger Stadium, and from the AL to the NL, but Montas' situation just became a lot more murky. That said, he will likely contribute in some way on the big league roster early on in 2016. Trayce Thompson and Micah Johnson also go to the Dodgers from Chicago as part of the three-team deal. In addition, the trade sends Todd Frazier from the Reds to the White Sox, while the Reds received Jose Peraza, Brandon Dixon, and Scott Schebler from the Dodgers.
White Sox pitcher Frankie Montas held the Tigers to one run on two hits in four innings Sunday. He also struck out seven in the season finale. The Tigers pounced on Montas for a run in the first inning, but he settled down after and let the whiffs roll. The White Sox have remained noncommittal as to whether Montas belongs in the rotation or bullpen long-term, but his latest showing showed some promise for the former option.
White Sox pitcher Frankie Montas is listed as the probable starter for Sunday's game against the Tigers, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rather than turn to Jeff Samardzija for the season finale, the White Sox have decided to give Montas another look in a starting role to close the year. The 22-year-old was knocked around for six runs in three innings against the Tigers last week in his first career start, but Montas will look to achieve better results this time around with his fastball-slider combination. Nothing's definite, but it would make sense if the White Sox sent Montas back to the minors to begin 2016 to work on a third offering.
White Sox pitcher Frankie Montas is listed as the probable starter for Wednesday's game against the Tigers. Lengthy outings from Jeff Samardzija and Erik Johnson during Monday's doubleheader spared the bullpen, and Montas will reap the benefits, as he will be afforded his first career start at the major league level. Using a high-90s fastball and a slider, Montas has fanned 10 while allowing just one run in eight innings with the big club since his September callup, though he hasn't thrown more than 65 pitches in an appearance and may face a strict pitch count Wednesday.
The White Sox added four players to their active roster on Tuesday. Right-handers Erik Johnson and Frankie Montas , infielder Leury Garcia and catcher Rob Brantly were all recalled from Triple-A Charlotte prior to Tuesday's series-opener with the Twins.