Prospect Montas called up for doubleheader

First-round Draft pick Fulmer set to make Rookie-level debut Saturday

Prospect Montas called up for doubleheader

CHICAGO -- Frankie Montas' reaction was somewhat predictable when he found out about being called up to the White Sox for Friday's doubleheader against the Royals to start the second half of the 2015 season.

Shock, and then excitement.

"I was like, 'For real?'" said a smiling Montas, the club's No. 2 prospect, on Friday morning. "I was happy. I was like, 'I can't believe it. I'm finally going to The Show.' And when they said, 'You've been called up to the big leagues,' I was like, 'Man, don't play like that. Are you serious?'"

The hard-throwing Montas will be serving as the 26th man for the doubleheader, and he will then return to the Minor Leagues. In 2012, Jose Quintana came up as the 26th man for a doubleheader against Cleveland, and he ended up making 25 appearances and 22 starts for Chicago that season.

General manager Rick Hahn said he wouldn't be surprised if Montas followed the same route as Quintana. The White Sox continue to infuse young talent into their hopes for postseason push, with Montas following Tyler Saladino to Chicago.

"We were pretty clear from the start that as high as our expectations were and remain for this season, this was a process, and good clubs are able to integrate young players on an annual basis," Hahn said. "So to give guys the opportunity to show how they fit, or get them that experience early on over the course of the season, is only going to benefit us in the future."

Montas, 22, has a 2-1 record with a 2.47 ERA and 62 strikeouts over 73 innings, and he has allowed a .205 opponents' average over 15 starts (seven quality) with Double-A Birmingham. Montas has surrendered three earned runs or less in all 15 starts, giving up just one home run, and he is limiting left-handers to a .184 mark.

During Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game appearance, Montas touched 102 mph on the radar gun. He's prepared to use that high-octane fastball in any way possible to help the White Sox.

"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," said Montas, who has been working on fastball command and incorporating his changeup. "I was feeling good. I just wanted to let it go and [try] to throw hard so people can see what I got. That's what I was doing there [Sunday]."

Sale discusses All-Star Game

Chris Sale is officially scheduled to get the start on Sunday, with Carlos Rodon set to open a two-game home set with the Cardinals on Tuesday. Sale made his fourth straight All-Star appearance Tuesday, but he did not pitch, while Rodon last pitched on July 10 at Wrigley Field.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Sale was always considered for Sunday or later, whether he pitched in the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile or not.

• Carson Fulmer, the White Sox top pick in the 2015 Draft and the eighth selection overall, will make his professional debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League on Saturday. Fulmer will move to Class A Advanced Winston-Salem after completing his full Arizona stint.

Fulmer on being selected No. 8

"He's in a little bit different situation than Carlos [Rodon in 2014] in that he comes to us with about 30 some-odd more innings than Carlos had his junior year of college," Hahn said. "So that's going to play a role in how far and how deep he pitches this season. But he's similar from an ability standpoint and the chance to move quickly."

• Nate Jones already has made two injury rehab assignments for Winston-Salem, and he has at least one more before he moves up the chain. He has felt good while pitching, as well as the day after. Matt Albers threw two scoreless innings for Birmingham on Wednesday, and he continues to move closer to activation. Jesse Crain had a setback about a week ago in Arizona, and his next outing has not been scheduled.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.