2016 Outlook: After a strong season in 2014 for Triple-A Omaha, Brooks was stuck in limbo between Triple-A and the majors while also being traded mid-season. Across Triple-A Nashville and Omaha, Brooks went 7-5 with a 3.56 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP, but struggled when called up to the MLB. After seeing action in two games with the Royals, he was a full-time starter for the A's by the end of the season. His low strikeout rate (6.2 K/9), coupled with a high home run rate (1.5 HR/9) makes it tough to rely on the 25-year-old; however, his success in the minors should be a positive sign moving forward. He does give up a ton of fly balls, which inflates the numbers against him, even when playing in the cavernous Oakland ballpark. With a strong spring, Brooks can crack the A's starting rotation, but will likely find himself in the sixth/seventh role on the fringe of the MLB roster.
2016 Outlook: Through early July it appeared as if the Mariners had found a legitimate mid-rotation option in Montgomery, as he went 4-2 with a sparkling 1.62 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. Even though those numbers looked great, his low strikeout rate and high walk rate were a sign of things to come, as he scuffled to the finish line with a 4.60 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 1.1 HR/9 that led to a demotion before the season's end. The left-hander has been used primarily as a starter throughout his career, but there is some speculation that he will move to the bullpen at some point following his second-half debacle. Montgomery should compete for a rotation spot during spring training, but unless he can return to his early season form and outperform the recently acquired Nate Karns, there's a good chance that he'll either head to Triple-A or the bullpen.