The White Sox want Frankie Montas to get his toes wet.
The White Sox promoted their top-pitching prospect on Friday for one day only, designating him as their 26th player for a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. The club hopes to use him Friday and wants to provide Montas with a taste of life in the majors in case he’s needed later this season. Montas, who pitched in Futures Game on Sunday and the Southern League All-Star Game last month, is the second of two players to come over in the Jake Peavy trade to wear a White Sox uniform along with Avisail Garcia.
“Being traded and all the guys that are in the big leagues, like Avisail and (Jose) Iglesias,” Montas said. “Now, me I’m here, I feel great. I feel really happy right now.
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“When they said you’ve been called up to the big leagues, I was like ‘Man don’t play like that. Are you serious?” And he was like ‘Yeah, I’m serious.’
“I was shocked. I was really happy. It’s a dream coming true.”
Montas hopes to control his emotions and not get overly excited if he gets his shot. Given he could join the club again this season, general manager Rick Hahn said the intention is to help Montas overcome some of those nerves.
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“It wouldn’t shock me if it were similar to Jose Quintana, who originally came up for one 26-man experience and then returned, if Montas followed the same path and we see him again at some point this season,” Hahn said.
Montas would have no issue with that plan no matter what role he would be assigned. Though Montas has been a starter since the White Sox acquired him in July 2013 and he has a 1.42 ERA over his last 38 innings, he’d work out of the bullpen if necessary.
“I still feel the same way,” Montas said. “Like I said before, if they want me to be a starter, I’ll start. If they want me in the bullpen, I’ll go out to the bullpen. It don’t matter.”