The Chicago Cubs have acquired 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Mike Montgomery and 26-year old righty starter/reliever Jordan Pries from the Seattle Mariners for 23-year old lefty swinging 1B Dan Vogelbach and 22-year old righty starting pitcher Paul Blackburn.
Montgomery will work out of the pen for the Cubs. He pitched in 32 games (2 starts) for the Mariners this year and he was 3-4 with a 2.34 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He gave up 49 hits and 18 walks while whiffing 54 batters in his 61 2/3 innings for the Mariners this year, which are impressive numbers. Montgomery has now pitched in 48 games (18 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 7-10 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Pries pitched in 20 games (12 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Mariners this year and he was 7-3 with a 4.93 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. He has given up 99 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 83 batters in his 84 innings in the minors. Pries has now pitched in 106 games (93 starts) in his first six years in the minors and he is 40-24 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. Pries isn’t much of a prospect.
Vogelbach came into this season as the Cubs’ #25 prospect according to Baseball America. He played in 89 games in AAA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 97 of 305 (.318 avg, .972 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 16 homers and 64 RBIs. Blackburn came into this season as the Cubs’ #19 prospect according to Baseball America. He pitched in 18 games (all starts) in AA-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 6-4 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Blackburn gave up 96 hits and 26 walks while whiffing 72 batters in 102 1/3 innings in AA-ball this year.
Make no mistake, Mike Montgomery is going to help the Cubs this year and beyond…..but they paid full price for him. Vogelbach has been killing the ball in AAA, but he is blocked by Anthony Rizzo, which probably made is easier to deal him. But, Blackburn is no slouch of a prospect in his own right.