Mets minor league righthander Christian Montgomery drew mixed reviews from scouts for his work ethic when he pitched high school ball in Indianapolis. The 2011 11th-rounder certainly didn’t win any converts with news Tuesday that he had flunked a second test for a “drug of abuse” and received a 50-game suspension without pay, as per the guidelines of the minor league drug program.
Signed for $250,000, Montgomery appeared in two games for Rookie-level Kingsport last season, allowing 10 runs and 15 baserunners in 7 2/3 innings. That’s the extent of his pro record. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Montgomery opened 2013 in extended spring training and now must sit out the first 50 games of the Appalachian League season before becoming eligible to play.