Frankie Montas will be in the big leagues on Friday, only five days after he appeared in Major League Baseball’s Futures Game.
A baseball source confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the White Sox pitcher, the team’s No. 2 prospect, would join the club when it opens the second half with a home doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Presumably, Montas would be the team’s 26th man for one game, though the White Sox declined to comment on the powerful right-hander’s promotion.
Montas is 2-1 with a 2.47 ERA in 15 starts this season at Double-A Birmingham. He earned a spot on the Southern League All-Star team last month and also was awarded a spot in the Futures Game for a second straight year, though he was unable to play in 2014 because of an injury.
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One of three prospects who came over from the Boston Red Sox in the Jake Peavy trade along with Avisail Garcia from Detroit, Montas twice hit 101 mph on the radar gun in Sunday’s contest at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. He allowed three earned runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning for the World Team, which lost 10-1 to the U.S.
Montas posted a combined 1.44 ERA in 2014 and pitched well in the Arizona Fall League. He got off to a slow start this season but has a 1.42 ERA in his last 38 innings pitched.
“Slider has been better and the changeup, I’ve started to get a feel for it,” Montas said Sunday. “Last year when I was in High-A I was doing great. This year at the beginning I was not doing how I expected to do. Thank God I figured out some things and I’m doing better.
“Everything is going well.”
Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports first reported news of Montas' promotion.
Chicks dug the White Sox on Saturday.
The South Siders hit four home runs in their 8-3 dismantling of the Tigers at Comerica Park. Tim Anderson stayed red-hot with a pair of long balls, Jose Abreu went deep in addition to his pair of doubles, and Daniel Palka made some interesting history with his long ball (see below).
We'll let our stat guru Chris Kamka take it from here.
Since their 10-29 start the White Sox are a respectable 6-4. Days at the plate like Saturday sure help.
For over two years, Charlie Tilson was starting to look like his own version of "Moonlight" Graham, the player made famous in the movie "Field of Dreams" because he played in one major league game and never got to bat.
The White Sox traded for Tilson just before the trade deadline passed in 2016. Two days later he made his big league debut with the White Sox in Detroit. He got a single in his first at-bat, but left the game with an injury and missed the rest of the season. Tilson also missed all of the 2017 season and his MLB future was starting to come into question.
Back healthy, Tilson started this season in Triple-A Charlotte and hit .248 in 39 games when he got called up to replace Leury Garcia, who was placed on the disabled list. On Thursday, Tilson returned to a big league field for the first time in more than 20 months. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Baltimore.
Friday marked a return to the site of Tilson's big league debut and the injury that made it such a brief stint. Tilson has now played three big league games, over the course of nearly 21 months, and two of them have been in Detroit.
Tilson went 1-for-4, meaning both his hits are in Comerica Park. The White Sox lost 5-4 after giving up three runs in the bottom of the eighth.