Reds: 3 shortstop prospects Cincinnati should investigate in MLB Draft

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 26: Detailed view of a Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Southridge's Colson Montgomery (2) fields a grounder during the Mater Dei Wildcats vs Southridge Raiders baseball game. Could the Reds draft Montgomery?
Southridge’s Colson Montgomery (2) fields a grounder during the Mater Dei Wildcats vs Southridge Raiders baseball game at Bosse Field Monday, April 29, 2019. /

2. The Reds should take a closer look at shortstop Colson Montgomery.

Colson Montgomery is a high school standout with a few questions left to answer. If he chooses to play college baseball, he will not be eligible for the draft until 2023. Montgomery is already 19 years old and youth is a desirable trait among most scouts. Many believe Montgomery could forgo his commitment to the University of Indiana and begin his professional career this season.

Bringing power with his bat, Montgomery isn’t one to focus on the long ball. Montgomery prefers to use the entire field of play when taking his swings at the plate.I feel these comparisons are always unfair to the prospect, but scouts compare Montgomery to Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager. Both players bat left-handed and throw right-handed.

Many scouts believe that by the time Montgomery would become a big leaguer, he may be a better fit at third base than shortstop, as he stands to grow into his 6’4 frame. While a few scouts believe his age is a negative, Montgomery’s athleticism makes him a highly sought-after prospect in this year’s MLB Draft.

it’s hard to compare how high school stats will translate to minor league success, but many believe that won’t be an issue for Montgomery. Montgomery is rated the 25th best prospect in this year’s draft. Montgomery could possibly be a first-round pick and someone that may be available when the Cincinnati Reds are on the clock in the first round.