Mike Montgomery works to refine arsenal
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/21/2013) The Rays are satisfied with the strides minor-league starting pitcher Mike Montgomery made in the Arizona Fall League in 2013, according to MLB.com. Specifically, they like the work he did with his breaking ball.
"He's working on a breaking ball, a curveball," farm director Mitch Lukevics said. "Some of these guys go from a curveball to a slider. Some guys can throw both, some guys can't. So you're trying to work and see what works best for him. He was out there working on a breaking ball, to be more proficient with a breaking ball. He felt good about it. We know that starters in the major leagues need a breaking ball, for the most part."
Montgomery, who came over in the Wil Myers trade, had a 4.83 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 22 appearances, including 21 starts, between high Class A and Triple-A last year, but a 2.57 ERA over 14 innings in the Arizona Fall League, striking out 14 and walking four.