Coming into the season, many considered right-handed starter Frankie Montas to be one of the Chicago White Sox top five prospects.
In 2014 between three different minor league levels, Montas was 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 81 innings (15 starts). He also had a 0.91 WHIP and held opponents to a .182 batting average.
Acquired from the Boston Red Sox in the Jake Peavy trade, Montas never put up numbers that well in his four seasons there. It appeared the White Sox had a steal.
This season, Montas started off slow giving up too many walks and too many hits. In June however, he was able to get back to pitcher we saw last season.
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For the month, Montas was 1-0 with a 1.44 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in five starts. He also struck out 23 batters in 25 innings and held opponents to .169 batting average.
His best outing of the month came on June 9th when he threw a no-hitter. Montas went seven innings only allowing three walks and striking out three to pick up his first win of the season.
He would go on to be one of five Barons named to the Southern League All-Star team.
In 13 starts this season, Montas is 1-1 with 2.59 ERA and 54 stikeouts in 66 innings. Opponents are hitting .216 against him.
Mar 28, 2014; Birmingham, Al, USA; Birmingham Barons pitcher Jaye Myles (14) throws to Chicago White Sox batter at Regions Field. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
Myles Jaye started off the season strong at Double-A Birmingham and made my honorable mention for pitcher of the month in April.
May however was a disaster as he was winless in four starts and struggled keeping the ball in the ballpark.
In June, he got back on track.
The right-hander went a perfect 4-0 last month with a 1.13 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 32 innings. Opponents hit just .202 during those five starts.
His best outing of the month came on June 1st when he went six innings allowing no runs on two hits while walking three and striking out six. It was the first of his four wins in June.
After going 4-12 with a 5.32 ERA in 24 starts at Birmingham last season, Jaye is rebounding pretty well in 2015. He has not allowed a run in his last two starts.
For the year, he is now 6-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 13 starts. He leads the Barons in wins and is tied for fifth in the Southern League.
Jaye will look to continue his scoreless streak and pick up his seventh victory of the season today when he takes the ball in the first game of a doubleheader against the Chattanooga Lookouts (Twins AA affiliate).
Double-A pitcher notes
Another player worth noting in June was starter Mark Blackmar. In five starts last month, he went 2-1 with 1.09 ERA…. Tyler Barnette was May’s pitcher of the month but didn’t see much action in June. In four apperances (two starts) he was 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA…. Tyler Danish, April’s pitcher of the month, followed up a subpar May with an even worse June. He is currently winless in his last eight starts.