Mike Montgomery Completes Sweep of PCL Championship

Entering 2011, Mike Montgomery was considered by many to be either the top pitching prospect in the Royals system or at least the runner up to that title.  Baseball America ranked him 19th overall in their annual top 100 rundown.

Montgomery hasn’t performed to those expectations in 2011.  A major storyline this year focused on his command struggles in Triple A.  Montgomery walked more than four batters per nine innings in Omaha.

On Friday, he walked three in five innings, but he gave up only three hits and no runs as Omaha won their third in a row against the Sacramento River Cats for their first Pacific Coast League championship.

Omaha dominated Sacramento, outscoring them 29-12 over the best-of-five series.

Friday’s hero was Lance Zawadzki who went 4-5 and drove in three.  Lorenzo Cain, Clint Robinson and Manuel Pina also had strong offensive showings in the playoffs.

Luis Mendoza was named the PCL Playoffs MVP after striking out 12 in 14 innings and winning both of his starts.  He gave up just two runs in those games, capping off a remarkable Triple A season where he was the league’s Pitcher of the Year and almost threw a no-hitter.

Now that the playoffs are over, Omaha has a one game matchup on September 20 against Columbus for the Triple A Championship.  That may mean that players like David Lough, Lorenzo Cain, Irving Falu, Clint Robinson and Kelvin Herrera may stay with the Storm Chasers rather than get a few games in for Kansas City.  The Royals have seemed focused on keeping winning teams together as long as they can or until a particular prospect forces their hand to bring them up.

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Topics: AL Central, Baseball, Kansas City Royals, KC, KC Royals, Luis Mendoza, Mike Montgomery, MLB, Omaha Storm Chasers, Pacific Coast League, Royals, Triple A

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  • jim fetterolf

    Call-ups will depend on the 40-man rosters, so I expect O’Sullivan and Mazzaro to be up soonest, then Cain after the championship. I don’t expect Monty, more likely last night was it for the year based on innings. Mendoza deserves a look if he’s on the roster and I’ld like for Clint to at least get a cupajoe in the bigs. The man has played on three consecutive champions and is a local boy, as I remember, so deserves a shot in front of family and friends.

  • jim fetterolf

    Call-ups will depend on the 40-man rosters, so I expect O’Sullivan and Mazzaro to be up soonest, then Cain after the championship. I don’t expect Monty, more likely last night was it for the year based on innings. Mendoza deserves a look if he’s on the roster and I’ld like for Clint to at least get a cupajoe in the bigs. The man has played on three consecutive champions and is a local boy, as I remember, so deserves a shot in front of family and friends.

  • michael.allen.engel

    @jim fetterolf I’d figure they’ll have Mendoza go out there for that one game, which means they won’t need Mazzaro or O’Sullivan – which is good since the Royals need to find a starter for three dates now that Hochevar and Francis have been shut down.

    I guess we’ll get a week out of Cain/Clint. Mendoza is probably gonna get a start too, though he’ll have to be added to the 40 man I believe…Kevin Pucetas is probably packing his bags already. Monty is probably done at this point.

  • michael.allen.engel

    @jim fetterolf I’d figure they’ll have Mendoza go out there for that one game, which means they won’t need Mazzaro or O’Sullivan – which is good since the Royals need to find a starter for three dates now that Hochevar and Francis have been shut down.

    I guess we’ll get a week out of Cain/Clint. Mendoza is probably gonna get a start too, though he’ll have to be added to the 40 man I believe…Kevin Pucetas is probably packing his bags already. Monty is probably done at this point.

  • royal_in_cincinnati

    Mendoza is on the 40 man. Pucetus is not. SOS and Mazzaro will get a start each, and maybe Mendoza will get one too. Paulino and Chen might as well be shutdown as well, they are over their innings from last year as well.

    That is pretty exciting that Monty was able to finish the series off. He will get on the long toss program again this offseason, and be ready to take a rotation spot in spring. Duffy, Monty, Hoch, and Paulino will man 4 of the spots. And if they get a Shields/Neimann from Tampa or Billingsly/Kershaw from LA, the rotation will be set. Then they will have SOS, Mazzaro, Mendoza ready for a injury.

  • royal_in_cincinnati

    Mendoza is on the 40 man. Pucetus is not. SOS and Mazzaro will get a start each, and maybe Mendoza will get one too. Paulino and Chen might as well be shutdown as well, they are over their innings from last year as well.

    That is pretty exciting that Monty was able to finish the series off. He will get on the long toss program again this offseason, and be ready to take a rotation spot in spring. Duffy, Monty, Hoch, and Paulino will man 4 of the spots. And if they get a Shields/Neimann from Tampa or Billingsly/Kershaw from LA, the rotation will be set. Then they will have SOS, Mazzaro, Mendoza ready for a injury.

  • michael.allen.engel

    @royal_in_cincinnati I don’t know how I missed the Mendoza/Pucetas switch but I think it was the same transaction.

    If we could get either of those Dodgers I’d be ecstatic. I like Shields too…in fact (spoiler alert) more on that either later tonight or tomorrow….

  • michael.allen.engel

    @royal_in_cincinnati I don’t know how I missed the Mendoza/Pucetas switch but I think it was the same transaction.

    If we could get either of those Dodgers I’d be ecstatic. I like Shields too…in fact (spoiler alert) more on that either later tonight or tomorrow….

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