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Chicago White Sox select Colson Montgomery as first-round pick in 2021 MLB Draft

The Chicago White Sox selected former Southridge shortstop Colson Montgomery as the No. 22 pick...
The Chicago White Sox selected former Southridge shortstop Colson Montgomery as the No. 22 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft on Sunday.(WFIE)
Published: Jul. 11, 2021 at 8:40 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 11, 2021 at 8:52 PM CDT
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DENVER, CO. (WFIE) - Former Southridge High School standout Colson Montgomery is off to the big leagues.

Montgomery was selected by the Chicago White Sox as the No. 22 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft on Sunday.

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The 19-year-old shortstop helped lead the Southridge baseball program to the Class 3A state championship in late June.

Montgomery was one of just eight players who were invited to attend the draft in Denver, Colorado.

It’s been a whirlwind ride for Montgomery and his family, starting when he attended the MLB Draft Combine two weeks ago, and now culminating with Sunday night.

Coming off a great senior season, which Montgomery finished by hitting .333 with seven home runs, 23 RBI and 42 runs scored, he moved up from a second round pick to a first-rounder. In the end, the Dubois County native was selected at the spot that most mock drafts projected him.

“Going into my high school season, I was kind of in between with basketball and baseball,” Montgomery said moments after getting drafted. “But then once I started getting looked at by a lot of high Division I baseball teams, the basketball thing kind of just went to the side. And then also the basketball coaches - they said that I was too good at baseball to play basketball.”

Montgomery will now wait to find out where he will be assigned to play his rookie ball with the White Sox.

Until that moment comes, he will enjoy the All-Star festivities in Denver on Monday and Tuesday, after his family received tickets to the MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby.

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