Ohio State baseball's Troy Montgomery was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with the 246th pick in the eighth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball amateur draft, on Friday afternoon. Montgomery joins teammate Ronnie Dawson, who went 61st overall to the Houston Astros, as Buckeyes chosen in this year's draft.
The Fortville, IN native had high expectations entering his junior season in 2016 after receiving second-team All-Big Ten honors the previous year and being named a preseason third-team All-American by the NCBWA. Montgomery had a rough start to the year, but came on strong at the close of the regular season and into the Big Ten tournament and NCAA regional, finishing up with a .297/.423/.466 slash line, 14 doubles, eight home runs, 34 runs batted in, and 21 stolen bases.
Montgomery hit .500 (6-for-12) in the final regular season series against Minnesota, followed that up with a .409 (9-for-22) showing in earning Big Ten All-Tournament team honors at the conference tournament, and capped his year off with a .600 (6-for-10) average in the NCAA tournament.
A very successful 2015 campaign that saw him slash .317/.431/.493 with 12 doubles, six triples, four home runs, 27 RBIs, and a school record 35 stolen bases put Montgomery on the map and made him one of the top positional prospects in the Big Ten.
In his three seasons in Columbus, Montgomery slashed .289/.397/.449 with 32 doubles, nine triples, 14 homers, and 83 RBIs. His 60 career steals rank fourth all-time in program history.
Possessing disruptive speed, tremendous outfield range, a strong throwing arm, and surprising pop for his 5-foot-10, 185-pound frame, Montgomery has the tools to be successful at the next level. With improved plate discipline, he has the talent to be a solid pro for years to come.