6. Francellis Montas RHP – Originally signed as an amateur free agent with the Red Sox, Montas was a part of the trade moving Jake Peavy to Boston in 2013. The trade brought him, Avisail Garcia, and others to Chicago. While the struggles have certainly been there in the minor leagues, he seemed to have figured it out this year.
Through 15 starts, and three levels, Montas finished 5-0 with a 1.44 ERA, as well as a miniscule 0.91 WHIP in 81 innings. Despite suffering two meniscus injuries in 2014, he had minor surgeries, and managed to miss only a little over a month of baseball.
Still just 21, Montas offers a fastball in the upper 90’s, and he’s hit 100+ on multiple occasions. He also throws a slider in the high 80’s, and a change-up around the same speed. He should start next year in AA Birmingham, and could possibly finish with the Charlotte Knights. He has mid-rotation abilities, and even has the right repertoire to be a potential closer someday.