In the 8th round of the MLB Draft, the Angels took a player that you would call a “gamer”. From the Ohio State University, Troy Montgomery, an undersized center fielder, was selected. Montgomery is only listed at 5’8″ but brings a dynamic presence on defense. Most scouts think he can stick in center fielder and he was listed as one of the best defensive outfielders in this draft. He’s a non-zero at the plate too as he’s willing to work some counts and walks and does have some pop but a long swing will hold him back. Montgomery hit .297/.423/.466 with 8 home runs and also stole 21 bags with the Buckeyes in this past season.
Pros: Great defensive outfielder; Good first step; Reads baseballs well off the bat; Good instincts with routes to balls; Plus throwing arm; Plus speed; Good plate discipline at the plate; Shows a bit of pop from time to time; Very good athlete; Gamer
Cons: Most likely won’t be a plus at the plate; Very long swing that leads to swings and misses; Struggles to barrel up baseballs consistently; Short stature may hurt him defensively a bit at next level; Most likely a 4th outfielder
Grading the Pick: Troy Montgomery comes from the mold of a Kole Calhoun type player who goes all out all the time to get the most out of his skill set. While not as talented as Calhoun, Montgomery has a pretty nice floor as a guy who can be a 4th outfielder in the next 4-5 years at the big league level. Montgomery is a great instinctual center fielder who takes good routes, possesses a good first step and has a plus throwing arm that makes him a true weapon defensively. He’s a plus runner who will steal bases and create a little havoc when he’s on base. Right now, he’s a bit of a project at the plate as he possesses a very long swing due to him trying to sell out for some power. He does have some pop but he overextends his swing too frequently and that will hurt him at the next level. Montgomery does have a good eye at the plate, leading to high walk totals, but pitchers will challenge him at the next level. It’s up to him to adjust and shorten up the swing a bit to avoid striking out too much. For an 8th round pick, this is pretty solid value as the Angels believe they have a plus defender and runner who could maybe develop a useful bat in the near future.
Plate Discipline: 40/50
Defensive Ability: 60/65