Tampa Bay Rays 2021 Draft target: Colson Montgomery
By Kasey Kuhrts
Yesterday the MLB division of FanSided attempted to complete a 2021 First Round MLB mock draft. However, everyone’s favorite Major League Baseball franchise, the New York Yankees messed it up. Are we surprised?
And that is where we sit. However, I already wrote this article about the player we selected, as the draft was done a few days prior to the Twitter thread. In the picks that didn’t make it to Twitter, a big-time player fell to the Tampa Bay Rays at number 28. That player, Colson Montgomery.
Now, a couple of things here, Colson Montgomery is mocked in many drafts to go inside the top-10. However, we did what you must do in any draft, we picked the best player available in our spot. So, just in case the Tampa Bay Rays find themselves in this position, let us introduce you to Colson Montgomery.
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Who is Colson Montgomery?
Shoutout to all the Tampa Bay Rays fans who double as Hoosiers! Colson Montgomery is a 19-year-old shortstop/third baseman from Southridge High School in Indiana. Although Montgomery is guaranteed to be a first-round pick, he is committed to Indiana University.
According to MLB.com, Montgomery’s power tool is ranked 55 out of 80, very high for a high school prospect. His arm is also ranked a 55. There is no doubt, this guy can hit. Perfect Game ranked Montgomery a 10, the highest on their grading scale.
Montgomery swings it from the left side, and is expected to hit more for power, than average. Another thing about Montgomery, he’s more than a baseball player, he’s an athlete.
As I mentioned, Montgomery is committed to Indiana University for baseball, as well as basketball. Montgomery also played football in high school. A three-sport athlete, very impressive.
What is Colson Montgomery?
As I mentioned above, Montgomery is a shortstop/third baseman. In high school, Montgomery played shortstop, however with his 6’4″ size, and less than average speed, Montgomery is all but guaranteed to be a third baseman in professional baseball.
Colson Montgomery has been compared by many to Corey Seager. Seager, like Montgomery, is 6’4″, with a beautiful left-handed swing.
The main thing to remember, Montgomery is 19 years old. He is a long way away from playing Major League Baseball, so Montgomery still has a long way to go to become the final version of himself in life, and as a baseball player.
How would Colson Montgomery fit with the Tampa Bay Rays?
Montgomery is ranked as the 25th best prospect according to MLB.com, the Tampa Bay Rays have pick number 28. So, obviously getting Montgomery at 28 would be a steal.
Now, another thing to remember, Montgomery is likely to be gone by the time the Rays get on the clock. Bleacher Report’s final mock has Montgomery going at 22, Kiley McDaniel of ESPN has Montgomery going at 10.
However, if Montgomery is available at 28, drafting him is a no-brainer. With his upside at the plate and his incredible arm, we could be looking at our next left-handed-hitting Evan Longoria. However, it would be an easy three to four years before we could see Montgomery crushing baseballs at Tropicana Field.