Frankie Montas

White Sox prospect Francellis Montas takes the mound against the San Diego Padres on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. Montas threw a no-hitter against the Tennessee Smokies on Tuesday. (FutureSox / Daniel Shapiro)

White Sox prospect Francellis Montas takes the mound against the San Diego Padres on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. Montas threw a no-hitter against the Tennessee Smokies on Tuesday. (FutureSox / Daniel Shapiro)

Position: RHP
Born: 3/21/93
Ht: 6'2" Wt: 200
Acquired: Received from Boston in Jake Peavy trade on July 3, 2013
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #20 - 2014 Preseason
  • #6 - 2014 Midseason
  • #3 - 2015 Preseason
  • #3 - 2015 Midseason

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Accolades

Scouting report

Francellis "Frankie" Montas came over as the 2nd piece (behind Avisail Garcia) in the three-team Jake Peavy deal. He was seen a raw pitcher with good stuff, as evidenced by the strong strikeout numbers (9.9 K/9 in 2012-2013) but unimpressive core results. But he seemed to put it together in 2014, where in 15 starts (mostly in A+, AA) he posted 1.44 ERA, sub-1 WHIP and struck out a batter an inning against a very good walk rate. More impressive were the scouting reports (here are some from AFL) of the life on his mid-to-upper 90's fastball (got over 100 a few times), a slider that flashed plus, and an emerging change-up. He only got 15 starts due to meniscus surgeries on both knees, and he is a big-bodied guy so injury concerns are worth monitoring. In 2015 through the first half with AA Birmingham, Montas continues to do well, giving up few hits and striking out around 8 batters per 9 innings. His previous control issues may not be entirely a thing of the past, though his current 3.7 BB/9 is alright. His future success rides on questions of command, mostly - and understanding his own pitches. The fastball has some natural movement in the upper 90s, but flattens when he over-throws. The slider is much the same. These concerns are relatively minor compared to the big talent, and he looks the part of a likely late inning reliever or possibly a decent starter if a 3rd pitch can become reliable and he can improve command generally. Montas was with the big club very briefly as the 26th man in July of 2015.

Major League Outlook: Late inning reliever or mid-rotation starter
ETA: 2016

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