It's been nearly a decade since the Chicago White Sox have taken a high-school prospect in the first round of the MLB draft, but they did so tonight.
With the 22nd pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, the White Sox selected Colson Montgomery, a shortstop out of Southridge Highschool in Huntingburg, Indiana.
A Pure Athlete
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound left-hander is a mature, physical player with a lot of size and the potential to grow into his frame even more as he moves through the minors.
In 75 at-bats over the course of his senior year, the 19-year-old batted .333, scored 42 runs, and stole 24 bases while also hitting seven home runs for the Raiders. He led Southridge to their first 3-A State Championship this past year. Montgomery is an incredible overall athlete, excelling in both football and basketball, where he was Southridge High's all-time leading scorer
Heading into the draft, MLB.com had Montgomery listed as the #25 ranked prospect, but he continued to increase his draft stock through an impressive showcase circuit.
In their draft profile, MLB.com describes Montgomery and his toolset as follows.
"Good left-handed swing that should allow him to hit for average and power. He's most effective when he uses the entire field rather than trying to pull pitches out of the park, and his approach got more consistent throughout the summer"
"Has fringy speed and figures to outgrow the position once he fills out his 6-foot-4 frame. He moves well for his size and should become at least an average defender with a solid arm at the hot corner"
- MLB.com draft profile: Colson Montgomery
Montgomery's scouting grades range from 45-55 with his strengths being power and arm strength.
Options in the Field
Scouts say that Montgomery has natural baseball actions as a shortstop and the ability to improve his defense even further with professional guidance. Even with those natural abilities, most scouts project him to shift to third base as he progresses. Montgomery on the other hand is confident in his ability to remain a shortstop.
Fans of the White Sox should be very happy with Montgomery's comparisons, the most common being the Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager.
Montgomery did commit to Indiana University, and if he decides to forgo the pros he will be draft eligible again in 2023. Should the White Sox successfully lock in their first-round pick, the projected slot value is currently $3.03M.
You can check out MLB.com's draft profile video for Montgomery here.