Over the course of the Spring, the Yankees had five players tapped for the starting rotation competition. However, Jordan Montgomery entered the picture after tossing four hitless innings against the Detroit Tigers on Friday afternoon.
After Montgomery’s impressive performance, manager Joe Girardi said the 24-year old will start a Spring Training game sometime next week.
“We like him a lot. We’ve said that all along,” Girardi said prior to the Yankees no-hitting the Detroit Tigers during Friday’s exhibition win. “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.”
Montgomery had his fourth outing of the Spring and so far has a 3.48 ERA. If Montgomery keeps this up, the Yankees might heavily consider him for the rotation.
“That was definitely my best outing so far,” Montgomery said following the game. “I felt a little bit more under control, especially those last two innings. Starting to settle in.”
Girardi said Montgomery’s chance at a big league job could come out of the bullpen, but he’s open to Montgomery being a starter. This is the reason why Montgomery has stuck around in Major League camp for so long.
While Montgomery would jump at the chance for a big league job in the starting rotation, he would be just as happy with a job in the bullpen.
“It makes me feel that I’m here for a reason and that they want me here,” Montgomery said. “I’m just going to keep trying to get better and keep working hard and keep handling myself the right way. 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.”