‘Whirlwind of everything’: White Sox first-round pick Montgomery reflects on MLB Draft experience
Ex-Southridge baseball star previews busy road ahead
HOLLAND, Ind. (WFIE) - It’s been quite the month for former Southridge baseball star Colson Montgomery, who’s now the newest member of the Chicago White Sox.
“With the 22nd pick of the 2021 MLB Draft, the Chicago White Sox select Colson Montgomery,” proclaimed MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, as he announced the 19-year-old name at last weekend’s draft.
From that moment, Montgomery’s life changed forever.
“It’s just been a whirlwind of everything - emotions,” Montgomery said. “It’s just been crazy and unbelievable.”
It all began this past Sunday night, when he walked into the Bellco Theatre in Denver, Colorado.
“Walking down the stairs, and just seeing that whole atmosphere - it was crazy and insane,” Montgomery said. “And I just couldn’t believe that everything was happening right then and there.”
Prior to the draft, rumblings began to surface about the Holland native going as high as No. 10 to the New York Mets. Ultimately, the White Sox picked Montgomery at No. 22 overall.
As he reflected on the entire draft experience, Montgomery revealed his most likely destination appeared to be Chicago all along.
“My agent, he texted me and said we’re talking to both Chicago teams right now and we’ll keep you posted,” Montgomery told 14 Sports. “Then he said the (Chicago Cubs) are going with a college pitcher. Then he said the White Sox are in, and he just said congratulations. And once (Commissioner Manfred) said my name, it was just crazy.”
Immediately after the draft, Montgomery received a call from White Sox amateur scouting director Mike Shirley, who’s actually from Anderson, Indiana. He’s watched the Southridge graduate play several times.
“He said like, we envision you as a shortstop, and we see you being a big part of this program and changing a lot of things,” Montgomery said.
The dream weekend didn’t stop there as Montgomery and his family were given tickets to the 2021 Home Run Derby and MLB All-Star Game. This is when he met the All-Star representatives from his future team.
“With the White Sox, it was Lance Lynn and some other guys,” Montgomery recalled. “And they were just talking to me and said like congratulations.”
Meanwhile, the small-town kid from Dubois County also got the chance to talk to a famous, big-time slugger with the New York Yankees.
“The best one was Aaron Judge,” Montgomery said. “He was walking and looked at me, and did a double take. He came and walked up to me and said, ‘I’m Aaron Judge. What’s your name?’ I was like, ‘Colson Montgomery.’ He was like, ‘I just wanted to say congratulations and I’ll see you around.’ I’ve never been to an All-Star Game or a Home Run Derby or anything, so it was just crazy seeing all those guys.”
The Pale Hose’s prized pick finally returned home Wednesday, and he’s still trying to wrap his head around the fact that he’s going to suit up in a White Sox uniform.
“I’m considered a pro, but I mean, I just really don’t see it like you’re a millionaire, stuff like that,” Montgomery said. “I’m just like, I don’t really see it yet because I have a lot more goals, and everything that I want to accomplish.”
Over the weekend, Montgomery flew to Chicago in order to officially sign his pro contract on Monday. He’s then scheduled to throw out the first pitch before Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Twins.
Afterward, Montgomery will fly to Alabama for mini-camp, before heading straight to Arizona for the White Sox Instructional League. The rookie will stay there and play through the fall.
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