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Montgomery signing is no surprise

Hart grad inks with Kansas City Royals

Posted: June 17, 2008 12:39 a.m.
Updated: August 18, 2008 5:01 a.m.

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Michael Montgomery made it official Monday. He inked his name on the dotted line, signing a contract with the Kansas City Royals at his agent's office in Encino. The terms were undisclosed.

After filling out the paperwork, Montgomery, his parents, and local area Royals scout Dan Ontiveros went out to lunch.

Montgomery reported that he did not foot the bill, though he is now certainly more than capable after being drafted No. 36 overall a week and a half ago.

"It felt good," Montgomery said of signing. "Basically it's a step in the process of becoming a big leaguer."

After lunch, Montgomery was on his way to the big leagues. Well, not exactly. In actuality, Montgomery stepped on the first rung of the ladder, driving through the high desert to Surprise, Ariz. where he will pitch for the Surprise Royals, the rookie ball team for the Kansas City Royals.

"I have to start all over again and work my way up," Montgomery said. "It's going to be fun."

Today, Montgomery will start his professional career at 7 a.m. He will work out at Surprise Stadium and begin the season on June 22.

"I'm excited," said the Hart graduate. "I wouldn't say nervous but I'm just ready to get out there and start playing baseball again."

The short season rookie league ends in August. The step after that is to play for one of the Royals three class A teams.

Being a high school lefty, Montgomery said the organization wouldn't try to rush his progress.

In Surprise, Montgomery has the luxury of working with a Cy Young winning left-hander. Mark Davis, who had a 15-year career in the Major Leagues and won the National League's top pitcher award in 1989 with the San Diego Padres, is the pitching coach.

Bauer leaves for North Carolina

Hart pitcher Trevor Bauer, Montgomery's teammate, left for North Carolina today where he is one of 144 players participating in the Tournament of the Stars.

After the week- long event, Bauer could be selected as one of 34 players to be invited to Phoenix, Ariz. where the 18U USA baseball team will whittle the competition to 18 before it travels to Canada.

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