Chicago White Sox take advantage of the shortstop surplus

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The Chicago White Sox made an awesome pick in 2013 when they selected a young and athletic shortstop named Tim Anderson. All of these years later, Anderson is an All-Star that is one of the best players on one of the best teams. The White Sox made a great future pick back then. Now, they are hoping for the same exact result from their pick in 2021.

The Chicago White Sox did a great job in the first round of the 2021 MLB Draft.

On Sunday night, the Chicago White Sox used pick number 22 to select Colson Montgomery. Montgomery is a high school shortstop that comes from Indiana. He is the first high school prospect that the White Sox selected since Courtney Hawkins in 2012. They are hoping that the end result mirrors Anderson’s selection more than Hawkins.

The White Sox took full advantage of the shortstop surplus that exists in this year’s draft. There were 11 of them taken in the first 36 picks of the first round (and compensation round). 8 of them were taken in the actual first round and Montgomery was one of them. It is a very important position on the baseball diamond so making sure it is secure is a big key.

Some people might be wondering why the White Sox would make a pick like this when Anderson is there and playing as good as any shortstop in the game. The answer is simple, this high school prospect isn’t going to be anywhere near ready for full-time Major League duties before Anderson leaves his prime.

Anderson was drafted in 2013 and wasn’t an elite MLB player until 2019. That is six whole MLB seasons. We have no idea where Tim Anderson will be at in his MLB career by 2027. We only hope that he has a few World Series titles under his belt by them.

This is a home run pick for a White Sox team that is now looking to keep their Minor League system strong while they are winning on the field at the MLB level. Now that the rebuild is over, you can argue that the drafts are even more important than the ones during the actual rebuild portion.

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There is pressure to make sure that the Minor League rosters are strong to support the MLB team. If they do that, they will have sustained success for a long time. Montgomery is a big stepping stone towards that goal because now they have a young stud shortstop in their organization that they can start developing. Everyone should be very excited about this pick.