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MLB Draft 2021: SS Colson Montgomery, potential Dodgers pick at No. 29

First round of the MLB Draft is televised by ESPN on Sunday night

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Believe it or not, the 2021 MLB Draft is just three days away, with the first round set for Sunday night on ESPN. We’ve been perusing various national mock drafts the last few months, in an attempt to profile some of the players who might be available when the Dodgers make their first pick, No. 29 overall.

Though this isn’t technically a mock draft, Baseball America had its staffers draft the first two rounds in an exercise. It gives us an opportunity to look at another player, just in case he gets picked by the Dodgers.

In this exercise, BA writer Mark Chiarelli picked for the Dodgers, and at No. 29 selected Colson Montgomery, a shortstop from Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Indiana. Though Chiarelli acknowledged that Montgomery might be gone before this pick in the real draft.

“There’s increasing chatter surrounding Montgomery ahead of the Dodgers, so we’re thrilled the late-rising high school shortstop out of Indiana makes it to 29,” he wrote.

In BA’s last mock draft, Carlos Collazo had Montgomery going to the White Sox at No. 22, but mentioned the Mets at No. 10 were interested as well. In an interview with 14 News in Evansville, Indiana, Montgomery said he planned to work out for the Mets and Rays (No. 28) this week in Florida before heading to Denver for the draft.

The ratings vary on Montgomery, as high as No. 17 overall by Kiley McDaniel at ESPN and as low as the 84th-best prospect in the draft by Keith Law at The Athletic.

MLB.com lists Montgomery as a third baseman, and the FanGraphs scouting report agrees: “Power is Montgomery’s calling card, but he’s a big kid who will need to move to third base as a pro, and there are some questions about the pure hit tool.”

At 6’4 and a left-handed batter, Montgomery will likely be compared to Corey Seager, especially if the Dodgers pick him. If he’s available, that is.

Montgomery has a college commitment to Indiana.