It’s been a bittersweet 2010 for top Royals prospect Michael Montgomery so far. He’s started out destroying High A Wilmington and earning a quick promotion to Double A Northwest Arkansas. Then on May 27, he left after only 3 innings mentioning soreness in his throwing elbow.
He came back and made another start on June 15, throwing 3.2 innings and giving up one run, two hits and a walk along with three strikeouts. He was held to a pitch count and left after 56 pitches. Now today he’s back on the 7-day minor league DL with the same soreness.
Scouting reports from May 27 mentioned lower than normal velocity, which is never a good sign when an arm injury is also in the picture. Montgomery could make his way to Kansas City by the middle of 2011 if healthy and effective, but setbacks like this can delay that progress significantly.
In ten starts in 2010, Montgomery has a 5-1 record with a 2.01 ERA through 53.2 innings pitched in both High A and Double A. He’s struck out 9.73 per 9 innings while walking just 1.68 per 9 over that span, as well.