Francelis Montas…attended Colegio Creciendo in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic.
Was on the A's Opening Day roster and compiled a 7.03 ERA and .302 opponents batting average in 23 games over two stints with Oakland…also went 0-2 with a 5.22 ERA in nine games, eight starts, with Triple-A Nashville before an oblique injury ended his season in mid-August… issued 20 walks in 32.0 innings (5.63 per nine innings) with the A's for a .408 opponents onbase percentage…had a .566 opponents slugging percentage and .974 OPS…the OPS was the highest in Oakland history by a reliever, the slugging percentage was second highest and the on-base percentage was third highest…had the highest OPS and on-base percentage among Major League relievers in 2017…had the second highest opponents slugging percentage among AL relievers and the sixth highest opponents batting average…struck out 36 for an average of 10.13 strikeouts per nine innings…allowed 10 home runs, an average of 2.81 home runs per nine innings…that was the second highest mark in Oakland history among pitchers with 30 or more innings pitched (Curt Young, 2.93 in 1985)…tied for seventh among AL relievers in home runs allowed…had the third highest average number of pitches per inning among AL relievers (19.4) and the sixth highest average number of pitches per game (27.0)…his opponents batting average included a .257 (19-for-74) mark against right-handed hitters compared to .364 (20-for-55) against left-handers…yielded seven of his 10 home runs and issued 12 of his 20 walks to lefties…had a .751 OPS against righties, 1.267 against lefties…seven of his 10 home runs came with runners on base…allowed 4-of-11 (36.4%) inherited runners to score…first batters faced hit .263 with a .391 on-base percentage…yielded a .321 batting average and .424 on-base percentage to batters leading off an inning…posted a 4.29 ERA in 14 night games compared to 12.27 in nine day games…surrendered six home runs in 11.0 innings during the day…allowed 19 of his 25 runs in the eighth inning or later for a 15.55 ERA…compiled a 2.57 ERA in the seventh inning or earlier… did not pitch with no days rest…18 of his 23 outings were at least one inning, including seven outings of two innings or more.
OAKLAND: Tossed 2.2 scoreless innings in his A's debut April 5 against Los Angeles (AL)…added 1.2 scoreless innings in his next outing at Texas April 9 but allowed all three of his inherited runners to score…then yielded at least one run in seven of his next nine appearances from April 12 to May 4…compiled a 9.53 ERA and .353 opponents batting average over that span…allowed a career-high tying six hits in 2.1 innings at Los Angeles (AL) April 26 but yielded just one run…tossed a scoreless ninth inning May 6 against Detroit and was credited with his first big league win when Adam Rosales had a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 A's win…that began a career-high 10.2-inning scoreless streak that ran through May 30…tossed 3.0 scoreless innings and struck out five May 20 against Boston…the innings pitched and strikeouts matched his most as a reliever…allowed five runs in one inning of work against Washington June 4, which were his most runs allowed in his career as a reliever…surrendered two home runs in a game for the first time that day and did it again in his next outing June 7 against Toronto for his only loss of the season…was optioned to Nashville June 11…was recalled July 21 and allowed at least one run in each of his two appearances before he was sent back to Nashville July 30…walked a careerhigh four batters in 2.1 innings on July 28 against Minnesota.
NASHVILLE: Struck out 37 batters in 29.1 innings with Nashville, an average of 11.35 per nine innings…walked just seven for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.29…allowed a .223 opponents batting average, including .188 (9-for-48) against right-handed hitters compared to .250 (16-for-64) against left-handers…surrendered three of his four home runs to righties…yielded a .176 average with the bases empty, .295 with three of his four home runs with runners on…had a .381 opponents batting average with runners in scoring position…compiled a 3.52 ERA and .179 opponents batting average in five games at home, a 7.07 ERA and .268 opponents average in four games on the road…his first outing with the Sounds came in relief June 13 against Iowa (1.1 ip, 3 so)…then started in each of his final eight appearances…never tossed more than four innings…struck out a season-high seven batters in his first start June 17 against New Orleans, tossing 3.0 scoreless and hitless innings…pitched a season-high 4.0 innings in each of his final five starts…logged 4.0 scoreless innings in back-to-back starts July 8 against Memphis and July 15 at Omaha…allowed four runs on five hits in 4.0 innings and took the loss in his final start Aug. 9 at Tacoma…was placed on the disabled list Aug. 11 with a strained right oblique and missed the remainder of the season.
Was one of three players acquired by the A's from Los Angeles in the trading deadline deal that sent Rich Hill and Josh Reddick to the Dodgers, but missed nearly the entire season due to rib cage injuries…began the year on the Dodgers 60-day disabled list with a fractured right rib cage, an injury suffered during the offseason…was sent to Double-A Tulsa on a rehab assignment May 22 and logged a 1.93 ERA in three games, including one start…was transferred to Triple-A Oklahoma City May 30 and made three additional rehab appearances before he was reinstated from the DL and optioned to Oklahoma City June 12…made one more appearance before going on the Triple-A DL June 19 with an inflamed right rib cage…missed the remainder of the season…logged a 2.38 ERA in four games (three starts) with Oklahoma City and was 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in seven games (four starts) overall…struck out 22 batters in 16.0 innings (12.38 per nine innings) and walked just three (1.69 per nine innings)…surrendered just one home run…allowed a .241 opponents batting average, including .208 (5-for-24) against left-handed hitters and .265 (9-for-34) against right-handers…issued all three of his walks to lefties…opponents batted .200 with a .250 on-base percentage when leading off an ] inning…allowed a .333 average with runners in scoring position and two outs…tossed a season-high 4.0 innings in each of his final two starts with Oklahoma City on June 9 in the second game of a doubleheader against Nashville and June 15 against Omaha…struck out a season-high six in the game against the Sounds…was traded to the A's Aug. 1 with Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes and was placed on the Nashville DL…pitched for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League following the season and went 1-0 with a 0.53 ERA and .132 opponents batting average in six relief appearances…did not allow a run in his first five games and started the campaign with a 15.1-inning scoreless streak before allowing two runs in his final 1.2 innings…was rated as the A's No. 5 prospect by Baseball America following the season.
Saw his first big league action, appearing in in seven games (two starts) with Chicago, but spent most of the season with Double-A Birmingham. ... Went 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA (7 ER/7.0 IP) and 10 strikeouts as a starter with the White Sox…owned a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) with 10 strikeouts over five appearances as a reliever. ... Initially recalled from Birmingham on July 17 as the 26th player for a doubleheader vs. Kansas City, but did not pitch…was optioned back to the Barons following Game 2 vs. the Royals. ... Recalled on Sept. 1 for the remainder of the season and made his MLB debut on Sept. 2 at Minnesota, working 1.0 scoreless inning… recorded his first career strikeout (Miguel Sano in the eighth inning. ... Worked out of the bullpen in his first six appearances before making his first career start on Sept. 23 at Detroit, when he suffered the loss after allowing six runs on six hits over 3.0 IP. ... Ranked among the Southern League leaders in ERA (2.97, 4th), whip (1.22, 4th), opponents' average (.219, 4th) and strikeouts per 9.0 IP (8.68, 4th). ... Named a Southern League All-Star and represented the World Team in the All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati. ... Allowed three earned runs or fewer in 21 of his 23 minor league starts. ... Was unbeaten over a 12-start span from May 19-July 26, going 3-0 with a 1.97 ERA (13 ER/59.1 IP). ... Threw a 7.0-inning no-hitter on June 9 at Tennessee, walking three and striking out three in a 2-0 win. ... Named Southern League pitcher of the week for July 13-19. ... Entered 2015 rated by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect and possessing the Best Fastball in the Sox organization. ... Acquired by Los Angeles from Chicago along with IF Micah Johnson and OF Trayce Thompson in a three-team trade on Dec. 16...in the trade, the White Sox received IF Todd Frazier (from CIN) and the Reds received IF Jose Peraza, OF Scott Schebler and IF Brandon Dixon (from LA).
Went 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA (13 ER/81.0 IP), one complete game and 80 strikeouts in 15 starts between the Arizona League Sox, Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham...Allowed two earned runs or less in 14 of his 15 starts...Limited opponents to a .184 (52-286) average, including a .147 (28-191) mark vs. right-handers...Began the season on the Winston-Salem disabled list with a left knee injury … went 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA (11 ER/62.0 IP) in 10 starts with the Dash...Struck out a season-high 11 batters over 8.0 IP on 5/22 at Salem … recorded a complete-game victory on 6/26-1 at Frederick (1 ER/7.0 IP)...Was placed on the disabled list a second on 6/29 to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee … made four starts with the AZL Sox from 8/8-23 and one at Birmingham on 8/30 vs. Pensacola, allowing one unearned run on one hit over 5.0 IP...Went 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA (9 ER/23.0 IP) and 19 strikeouts over six starts with Glendale in the Arizona Fall League.