White Sox sign first-round pick Colson Montgomery

Montgomery is the first high school player chosen by the Sox in the first round since 2012.

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Colson Montgomery throws out the first pitch Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. (Chicago White Sox)

The White Sox announced the signing of first-round draft choice Colson Montgomery, a left-handed-hitting shortstop from Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Indiana.

Selected with the 22nd pick, the 6-4, 190-pound Montgomery was the first high school player taken by the Sox in the first round since 2012, when outfielder Courtney Hawkins was selected 13th.

A three-sport star, Montgomery had designs on playing baseball and basketball at Indiana but instead signed with the Sox for a $3.027 million bonus, which is full slot value for the 22nd pick.

‘‘Coming to the stadium, signing that contract and putting on a White Sox jersey is a dream come true,’’ said Montgomery, who signed before the Sox played the Twins on Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Montgomery, 19, spoke with reporters about an hour before he was slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Montgomery was a second-team All-America selection by Baseball America and MaxPreps. He will attend a minicamp with other draftees before reporting to the Sox’ training complex in Glendale, Arizona.

‘‘Baseball is my life right now,’’ Montgomery said. ‘‘I’m very excited to get after it and put all the work in for it.’’

Montgomery is the first shortstop the Sox took in the first round since Tim Anderson in 2013. Twelve of the 26 players on the Sox’ active roster came through the farm system, including first-round picks Anderson, left-hander Carlos Rodon (2014), catcher Zack Collins (2016), third baseman Jake Burger (2017), left fielder Andrew Vaughn (2019) and left-hander Garrett Crochet (2020). First baseman/outfielder Gavin Sheets was picked in the second round in 2016.

Montgomery’s parents and four siblings were in attendance Tuesday.

‘‘My parents raised me right, being humble and everything,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m not worried about the money or fame getting to my head because I know I have people bringing me down to reality.’’

Power surge?

Third baseman Yoan Moncada homered for the third time in his last three games, giving him eight home runs for the season. He had gone 26 games without a long ball before that but has reached base safely in 23 of his last 24 games and in 70 of his last 74.

‘‘I’ve been swinging at good pitches, and that’s what happens when you swing at good pitches,’’ he said of the recent homers. ‘‘I spent a long time waiting for the first one to get out of there.’’

According to Baseball Reference’s wins above replacement, Moncada and Anderson are the Sox’ top two position players at 2.8.

Moncada has batted second, third and fourth most of the season, but manager Tony La Russa, wanting ‘‘RBI protection’’ and right-left-right sequencing through the lineup, had the switch-hitting Moncada in the No. 5 spot for the second time in three days.

‘‘When you have a guy with that kind of versatility like Yoan, you use it whenever it’s necessary and make sure you communicate why,’’ La Russa said.

Good for Goodwin

Outfielder Brian Goodwin, whom the Sox signed as a free agent after he was released by the Pirates in spring training, batted fourth for the 13th time. He had batted fourth as a starter only twice before this season.

Goodwin, who was hitting .273/.333/.527 with three homers and nine RBI in his last 14 games, had an RBI single in the first inning.

‘‘He’s just been outstanding for us,’’ La Russa said.

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