Yankees prospect Mark Montgomery is asked what it is like to be compared to David Robertson and if he feels he can help the Yankees in 2013.
Mark Montgomery laughs. He was just asked where does the power come from on a fastball that sometimes reaches 94.
Montgomery may only be listed at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, but, for a franchise that loves giants on the mound, he may make the biggest impact in 2013.
"I guess a lot of hard work in the gym," Montgomery said. "I wasn't dealt the best cards, I guess. A little undersized. I think just my delivery kind of helps me. I get a little deception on it. Being a littler guy, I think it kind of jumps on the hitter a little bit."
Montgomery, 22, has been compared to David Robertson because of a silly-moving slider. He will begin the season at Triple-A, but could be called up to fortify the bullpen at some point. As he spoke at his locker earlier in the week, he was taking it all in.
"This is pretty surreal," Montgomery said.
From Virginia, Montgomery grew up a Braves fan. Chipper Jones was his guy. When he went to Longwood University in Virginia, it was to play shortstop, not pitch. But then he got moved to the bullpen and figured out his curveball wouldn't cut it in relief. So he tried a different arm slots for his slider and -- voila -- the Yankees drafted him in the 11th round in 2011.
"It was pretty awesome to be taken in by a team with this history," Montgomery said.
He may help add to that history this season.