The Chicago White Sox are very high on Colson Montgomery’s future.
There is a lot to like about Colson Montgomery. He was the White Sox first-round draft choice in 2021 and is slated to be their future middle infielder. He was drafted 22nd overall and looks like one of the most physically gifted athletes in the draft at 6’4 205 lbs. He was also the best shortstop in a very heavy shortstop class.
Montgomery was a two-sport star in high school excelling in basketball and baseball, much like the White Sox current shortstop Tim Anderson. In 2021, Montgomery was named Indiana’s male high school athlete of the year after setting the career scoring record at Southridge High. He had the opportunity to walk on the Indiana Hoosiers college team but opted instead to sign with the White Sox.
Judging by his high school career, he made the right choice. Montgomery is a left-handed bat that can spray the ball all over the ballpark. He has a smooth swing with lots of pop. He helped lead Southridge to its first-ever 3-A State Championship. The 19-year old hit .333 with 17 home runs, 17 extra-base hits, and 24 stolen bases during his final high school season.
During high school, he showed the ability to quickly adjust on the fly. While Southridge was playing in regionals, Montgomery faced a pitcher that was throwing in the 90s. During his first at-bat, he got sawed off and hit a soft line drive to end the inning.
In his first 26 professional games, he hit .287 with a .396 OBP. His patience and maturity at the plate are another one of his major assets. He was able to draw 13 walks. Rick Hahn was stated that he intends on setting up the team for long-term success. It seems unlikely the White Sox would deal their number one prospect in the organization.
However, his major league arrival time isn’t until 2025. The White Sox are in the midst of their championship window making someone who is not in their immediate plans much more expendable. Montgomery should also fetch a high price.