At 6′ 4″ tall and with plus-plus speed, Benny Montgomery stands out among the high school outfield class for his athleticism and raw tools.
Benny Montgomery Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 195
Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: Outfield
Highest Ranking: 11th (ESPN)
A fast riser this past year, Benny Montgomery has all of the raw tools you want to see from a baseball player. He’s a plus-plus runner who has above-average to plus raw power, and the ability to stick in center field. Some scouts also think he could have an above-average hit tool.
There are more than a few concerns out there, though, that he’s got a below-average hit tool and could struggle to hit for average in the future. A team that believes in the hit tool could select him high in the first round, but some teams see him more as a middle-to-late first rounder who will need work to get his bat to an acceptable level to let his offensive tools play.
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For this draft scouting report series we are going to look at prospects rated 6th through 50th in a cumulative ranking based on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, and Fangraphs draft rankings. The guys in the top five seem to have no chance of dropping to Cincinnati at 17, so we’re skipping them to focus a little more on guys with more of a shot to be Reds. The national rankings are updated throughout the month leading up to the draft, so there could be some slight changes from when the cumulative list was compiled and when you read this.
The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 11th and end on July 13th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 17, 30, 35, and 53 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 4th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Trevor Bauer in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round A pick (35th) that adds a lot of additional pool money.