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Montgomery Still Has Room To Improve

Montgomery allowed just 9 base runners in May

TAMPA, FL – Mark Montgomery has thrived in the closer role for the Tampa Yankees this season. The numbers speak for themselves: 26.2 innings, 4-1, 1.35 ERA, eight saves, 14 hits allowed, nine walks allowed, 43 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.86. On paper, Montgomery looks solid; he looks even more impressive in person.

Montgomery only throws three pitches, and the changeup is a work in progress. His 92-95 MPH fastball mixed with his 84-86 MPH slider is a recipe for disaster for hitters. "He has one of the best sliders I've ever seen," pitching coach Jeff Ware said. "He throws it two different ways; one side to side with a small tilt, and the other is a big hard one with depth and late tilt. When he's...

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