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Put these two together with a pretty good fastball and his combination of pitches is downright nasty.

NEW YORK -- When 6-foot-6, 225-pound Jordan Steve Nash #13 Womens jersey Montgomery showed up at the University of South Carolina in 2012, he hadn't fully grown into his body. “I was uncoordinated,” Montgomery said. His teammates pounced on his gangly frame and slapped the nickname "Gumby" on his back. He rolled with it and a funny thing happened: Montgomery matured into his body, and the New York Yankees took him in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft. Just three years later, he might have earned an upgraded moniker. He might be turning into this generation’s version of Andy Pettitte. None other than Yankees manager -- and Pettitte teammate -- Joe Girardi made the comparison. “Their stuff is different, but Andy Pettitte,” Girardi said when asked whom he'd compare Montgomery to among past pinstripers. The numbers back it up, as Montgomery, a lefty like Pettitte, is 6-4 with a 3.62 ERA in 15 starts. As a 23-year-old rookie in 1995, Pettitte went 12-9 with a 4.17 ERA in 26 starts (31 appearances). If you projected the 24-year-old Montgomery’s performance over 31 starts this year, he would finish with a 12-8 record and a 3.62 ERA. At Breno Giacomini Youth Jersey his current pace, Montgomery would end up at 178 innings pitched. Pettitte threw 175. Montgomery could finish second to Aaron Judge for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Pettitte was third in the 1995 rookie race behind the Twins' Marty Cordova and the Angels’ Garret Anderson. In June, Montgomery went 4-0 with a 2.59 ERA. No Yankees starter has had as good a month as a rookie since Stan Bahnsen in 1968. Bahnsen was the Rookie of the Year that season. Montgomery has a full menu of pitches with the ability to go to a fastball, change, curve, sinker and slider. His release point, which is nearly 7 feet, is higher than any starter in baseball this season. “For whatever reason, I don’t think people see him very well,” Girardi said. “That’s really important at this level.” When Judge describes his fellow rookie, he talks about the "it" factor. Judge noticed Montgomery’s gear last season, at Triple-A, when the lefty finished 14-5 with a 2.13 ERA. “[He has] that quiet confidence to know you can do it,” Judge said. “He is going to go out there and get the job done. He is going to go out there and he has confidence in his stuff. It is not cockiness. It is not showboating. It is just quiet confidence, knowing he can get the job done.” The confidence showed during the spring. In the fight for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, Montgomery wasn't up for consideration at the beginning of camp. Girardi knew Montgomery had a tremendous season at Triple-A in 2016 but thought he was a guy who'd contribute at some point later in the season. As camp wore on and no one took hold of the No. 5 job, Girardi began to pay more attention to Montgomery. The manager was particularly impressed with how unflappable Montgomery stayed even when he fell behind in counts. While Montgomery wasn’t on the Yankees’ initial radar, he never lost confidence. In fact, in his mind, he was all but the favorite. “I thought I deserved it,” Montgomery said matter of factly. “But I didn’t think other people thought I did. If they are not going to do it, you have to throw well enough so they have to.” Montgomery Authentic Tony Oliva #6 Youth jersey did just that, throwing 19⅔ innings and posting a 3.20 ERA. He left the Yankees with little choice other than to move up their timeline on his It’s the Year of the Strikeout in baseball, with career highs, records and milestones being reached seemingly every day. Whether it’s a result of higher fastball velocities, more eager-to-chase hitters or just better performance by pitchers, the numbers have reached astounding levels across the board. All of that got us wondering: Who has the best strikeout pitch among starting pitchers? We’ll use the stat "putaway rate" to determine our list. It's a simple concept that asks the question, “How often does a pitcher finish off a hitter with a specific pitch?” The formula for it is: Strikeouts with pitch divided by two-strike pitches of that type thrown. For example, if a pitcher records 50 strikeouts with his changeup and throws 200 changeups with two strikes, his putaway rate is 25 percent (50 divided by 200). It allows us to sum up who is the most effective and most efficient in one number. From that, we can tell you that the top putaway pitch for a starting pitcher this season is ... Kluber just broke the Indians record for consecutive games with at least 10 strikeouts, and it’s easy to see why. He has two outstanding “finish-you-off” pitches. His curveball has a putaway rate of 39 percent (61 strikeouts on 158 two-strike curves). But how does that translate into batting average? Opposing hitters are batting .099 (10-for-101) against the Kluber curveball this season. Kluber’s slider -- or cutter, if you prefer -- comes in a couple mph harder. And though he doesn’t use it as often, it’s still netting him a 36 percent putaway rate, which ranks third on our list. In his past four starts, opponents are 3-for-35 with 12 strikeouts against it.

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