White Sox Pitching Prospects A Cause For Excitement

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Francellis Montas RHP

Age: 21

Francellis Montas is a talented fireballer the White Sox acquired when they traded Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox in 2013. Before being sidelined with a right knee injury in June, he was pitching great for the Winston-Salem Dash. In 10 starts with the White Sox High-A ball club, Montas posted a 1.60 ERA in 62 Innings pitched with 56 strikeouts, according to MiLB.com. Montas’ strength lies in his fastball, which Mike Andrews from SoxProspects.com writes, “operates at 96-100 mph.” While his other pitches need refinement, he was the centerpiece of the return the White Sox received in the Peavy trade.

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Montas began a rehab assignment with the Rookie-level White Sox on August 8th, throwing two scoreless innings. If he completes his rehab assignment as scheduled, I expect him to finish the year strong with the Dash and make the jump to Birmingham next year. I like Montas’ chances at developing into a reliable starter in the White Sox rotation within a few years, hopefully two. If he is able to refine his slider and change-up, watch out.