2022 Player Outlook
Montas is no stranger to hard contact when the opposition finds the ball, as he posted a 36th percentile average exit velocity last year. However, Montas increase his overall whiff rate for the third straight season and posted his best strikeout rate (26.6%) since 2015 when he only logged 15 innings. With two of his three primary pitches being a sinker and a splitter, you think he would induce more ground balls than his career 43.4 percent ground ball rate. That's not bad by any means, but one would likely think it would be a bit higher. Montas is being the first Oakland starter taken, and the reasons are clear. He posts decent strikeout numbers and has posted an ERA of 2.63 and 3.37 within the past three years. He did throw 187 innings last year, but prior to 2021, he had yet to top 100 innings in a season. Just keep note of that.