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Frank Andy Montieth Herrera
- Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 172 lb.
Frank Montieth was one of the top young pitchers in Cuba at one point.
Montieth first came to the fore as a teenager in the 2003-2004 Cuban Serie Nacional, when he went 2-3 with 13 saves and a 2.34 ERA for the Industriales. That earned him Rookie of the Year honors, beating out Yohenis Céspedes most notably. Frank tossed two innings for Cuba in the 2004 Olympics as they won Gold; he allowed only one hit and one walk to 8 batters and fanned three, giving up no runs.
Montieth was 3-3 with 6 saves and a 3.03 ERA in 2004-2005. In the 2005 Baseball World Cup, the 20-year-old went 1-0, fanning 11 in 6 shutout innings for the Gold Medalists. His only appearance came against the Swedish national team.
During the 2005-2006 season, Montieth went 7-5 with 4 saves and a 3.13 ERA, being used as a starter regularly for the first time. He won game 7 of the finals 4-3 to give the Industriales the title. He then had a busy summer on the international scene. Having missed the 2006 World Baseball Classic, Montieth was around for the other three events of the year.
In the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games, he went 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA. During the 2006 Intercontinental Cup, Montieth was 1-0 with a 0.66 ERA, fanning 15 in 13 2/3 IP while allowing six hits. He tied for 4th in the Cup in strikeouts and was 5th in ERA behind the four 0.00s - David Bergman, Adam Blackley, Michiel van Kampen and Vladimir Baños. Frank had a chance to get the win in the Gold Medal game but let the Dutch national team score a tying run in the bottom of the 10th on a Dirk van 't Klooster double. Cuba still went on to win. In the 2006 Americas Qualifier for the 2008 Olympics, Montieth allowed only 2 hits in 13 scoreless innings, fanning 15. He tied Norberto González for the lead in ERA in the event.
In the 2006-2007 season, Montieth had a 6-4, 2.27 record, giving up only 72 hits in 91 1/3 IP. He was 11th in the league in ERA. In 2007-2008, the right-hander fell to 6-2, 4.21. He only pitched 12 innings in 2008-2009, giving up 14 runs and 20 hits.