2014 MLB Draft: Pitcher Jordan Montgomery drafted by the New York Yankees

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

University of South Carolina Friday night starter Jordan Montgomery is selected by the New York Yankees with the 122nd in the draft.

With the 122nd selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, the New York Yankees select University of South Carolina pitcher Jordan Montgomery.

As the Gamecocks Friday night started Montgomery posted a 3.42 ERA in 100 innings. He showed an improvement in his strikeout rate this year and his strikeout to walk ratio overall. Montgomery is viewed as low ceiling, high floor pitcher. Which means he has a good chance to make the major leagues, but will likely be a back of the rotation starter for the Yankees or another team.

Montgomery joins pitcher Jacob Lindgren out of Mississippi State and DeCarr Austin a pitcher out of a High School in Connecticut, in the Yankees current draft class. The Yankees are considered to have a middle-to-lower ranked farm system in Major League Baseball.

I thought for sure that Montgomery would have gone later in this draft and certainly after Joey Pankake, but it appears the Yankees really liked the improvements he showed and think he has a pretty good chance to help them at the major league level.

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