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Colson Montgomery ranked No. 60 prospect in updated MLB Pipeline ranking

by Jordan Lazowski

Colson Montgomery‘s stock has continued to rise throughout the season, and as additional prospect rankings continue to be updated, Montgomery is appearing on more and more lists.

After being unranked on every prospect ranking to begin the season, Montgomery has begun his quick climb up the boards. After landing as high as No. 38 on the most recent Baseball America list, Montgomery has been ranked the No. 60 prospect in baseball on MLB Pipeline’s top 100 prospect list, which was released yesterday.

MLB Pipeline grades Montgomery’s tools as follows: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55

Here is their write-up on the White Sox’s talented shortstop:

“Because he’s a 6-foot-4 lefty-hitting shortstop with impressive hitting ability and raw power, Montgomery draws repeated comparisons to Corey Seager. He has a smooth stroke and provided consistent contact in the ACL, where he made good swing decisions and focused on using the entire field rather than trying to do too much at the plate. He has the bat-to-ball skills, strength and bat speed to produce 25 or more homers per season as he learns to more consistently turn on pitches and launch them in the air.

Though many amateur scouts believed Montgomery will outgrow shortstop as he fills out and slows a bit, the White Sox are confident he can stay at the position. He compensates for average speed with a quick first step and has the athleticism and solid arm strength to make plays. If he winds up not having enough range to remain at short, he would likely move to third base and could become a solid defender there.”

While Montgomery’s ridiculous levels of production have slowed a bit recently, he is hitting .281/.413/.455 with High-A Winston-Salem in 151 plate appearances. He has picked things back up after a slow July, hitting .276/.417/.517 in nine August contests.

Though he was ranked 99th on Baseball America’s most recent list, Oscar Colas – nor any other White Sox prospect – was named to the MLB Pipeline top 100 list.

Though not as widely publicized as the MLB Pipeline rankings, Montgomery is also ranked as the 35th prospect in baseball in the updated ESPN rankings by Kiley McDaniel. You can view those here.

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