White Sox sign first-round pick Colson Montgomery
White Sox draft pick Colson Montgomery throws out a ceremonial first pitch before the game between Chicago and the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.  David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox announced they’ve come to terms on a $3.027 million deal with first rounder Colson Montgomery. That matches the slot value associated with the 22nd overall selection.

Montgomery’s spot on pre-draft prospect rankings was variable. Kiley McDaniel of ESPN slotted the left-handed hitting infielder 13th, while Baseball America had him 34th and Keith Law of the Athletic placed him 56th. There are some question marks about Montgomery’s age — at 19, he’s a bit old for a prep draftee — but he has plenty of power projection and a good chance to stick on the infield, likely at third base.

An Indiana product, Mongtomery had been committed to the University of Indiana. The White Sox will sway him from that commitment and add a high-upside young player to a farm system that has been thinned out a bit as Chicago’s top talents have graduated to the major leagues.

This article first appeared on MLB Trade Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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