College lefty Montgomery goes to Yanks at No. 122

College lefty Montgomery goes to Yanks at No. 122

The Yankees took strike-throwing left-hander Jordan Montgomery from the University of South Carolina with their fourth-round selection (122nd overall) in the First-Year Player Draft.

Montgomery, 21, was 8-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 16 starts this season for the Gamecocks. In 100 innings, Montgomery allowed 45 runs (38 earned) and 93 hits with 29 walks and 95 strikeouts.

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He cracked South Carolina's rotation as a freshman, starring at the College World Series, and has been the Gamecocks' top starter for the past two seasons. Scouts have rated Montgomery as a good bet to reach his big league rotation potential, probably at the back end.

Montgomery sits 87-91 mph with an effective fastball that features run and sink, with good control. His best pitch is his changeup, and Montgomery also mixes in cutters and curveballs.

He turned in an excellent outing against Campbell in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on May 30, allowing two runs and five hits without a walk while matching his season high with nine strikeouts.

"When I have my changeup, I'm able to go deep in the game because it makes my fastball that more efficient," Montgomery told The State, "and I can throw it in and catch them guessing every now and then."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.