Colson Montgomery, former USA TODAY HSSA finalist, named No. 1 prospect for White Sox

Southridge High School pitcher Colson Montgomery MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred after being selected by Chicago White Sox as the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2021 MLB baseball draft, Sunday, July 11, 2021, in Denver. Montgomery, a finalist for national Player of the Year at the 2021 USA TODAY High School Sports Awards, has been named the top prospect in the Chicago White Sox farm system by Baseball America. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Former USA TODAY High School Sports Awards National Baseball Player of the Year finalist Colson Montgomery has been named one of the top MLB prospects.

Montgomery, honored as Indiana’s overall Male Athlete of the Year in 2021, was tabbed as the top prospect in the Chicago White Sox farm system by Baseball America.

The White Sox made Montgomery the No. 22 overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. He was one of the most feared hitters in the state of Indiana during his senior year at Southridge High School, piling up 11 total intentional walks. He still managed to bat .333 with seven home runs, 17 total extra-base hits and 42 runs scored. He closed his senior season as a 3A state champion with Southridge.

Colson Montgomery inspects his new championship medal following the Raiders' IHSAA Class 3A state championship win against the Hanover Central Wildcats at Victory Field in Indianapolis, Ind., Tuesday, June 22, 2021. The Southridge High School graduate and former nominee for USA TODAY High School Sports Awards baseball player of the year has been named the top prospect in the Chicago White Sox farm system by Baseball America.

Baseball America credited Mongomery’s strike-zone discipline and also tabbed him as the farm system’s top overall athlete.

"Montgomery is a polished hitter who doesn’t give away at-bats and consistently ranks as having the best strike-zone discipline in the organization," Baseball America said in its scouting report. "That is evident with his 56 walks in 64 games in 2023. His swing is simple and geared to use all fields, though he occasionally gets pull-oriented and looks to drive balls with authority. Montgomery is beginning to get more balls over the fence thanks to the 20 pounds of muscle he has added since starting his pro career, along with the torque generated by his long levers."

The 21 year old is projected to be the big league club’s starting shortstop in 2027.

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