Texas A&M Lands Coveted Stanford Transfer Braden Montgomery | The Two-Way Star Is The 10th-Ranked Prospect In The 2024 MLB Draft

Texas A&M Lands Coveted Stanford Transfer Braden Montgomery | The Two-Way Star Is The 10th-Ranked Prospect In The 2024 MLB Draft

Former Stanford Cardinals outfielder and right-handed pitcher Braden Montgomery has landed at Texas A&M.

 

The two-way star was the top-rated transfer in the portal, and for the Aggies to land such a talent is huge news, not only in the SEC but in all of college baseball. Montgomery surprisingly entered the portal last month. Being that he’s from Mississippi many believed the Ole Miss Rebels or Mississippi State Bulldogs had the inside track. He chose to head to College Station over numerous other programs.

 

 

2021 MLB Draft Gems | The Black Shohei Ohtani Is High School Phenom Braden Montgomery

 

 

Montgomery was a star in his two season out in Palo Alto, batting .315 with 35 homers and 118 RBI. His .461 on-base percentage and .603 slugging percentage ranked in the upper echelon of the Pac-12 conference.

 

During his true freshman season of 2022, Montgomery nearly claimed Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors batting .294 with 18 homers and 57 RBI. In that remarkable year, the frosh also had a .361 on-base percentage and .596 slugging percentage.

 

 

 

 

Montgomery Helped Cardinal Eliminate Aggies In Stanford Regional

 

Montgomery’s transfer has raised some eyebrows considering he was a huge reason why the Cardinal eliminated the Aggies in June. In the postseason series, Montgomery batted .462 (6-for-13) with one dinger and four RBI in the three-game series.

 

 

Montgomery is also a pitcher whose fastball touches nearly 100 MPH, and while he figures to be a corner outfielder at the MLB level, he does have a little bit of the Shohei Ohtani vibe to him as well, striking out 19 batters in 14 innings of work this past season.

 

 

 

 

 

Did Nolan Cain Play A Role In Montgomery Choosing The Aggies?

 

Last month, the Aggies promoted Nolan Cain to the role of associate head coach. Many believe that played a huge role in the Aggies landing Montgomery. Cain, who starred at LSU, helped continue the Tigers’ recruiting dominance.

Three of his last recruiting classes down on the Bayou ranked in the top five, before joining the Aggies two seasons ago. The results of his arrival have been felt immensely.

 

The 2023 Aggies won 38 games while making it to the SEC Championship before falling to eventual national champion LSU. And since Schlossnagle’s arrival in 2022, the Aggies have series wins over 11 of the 13 SEC teams. They also have 14 total series wins, tied with LSU and Florida for most in the conference over that timeframe.

 

Head coach Jim Schlossnagle raved about Cain when the announcement was made.

 

“Nolan has been the glue to our program over the past two years and especially over the past few weeks,” Schlossnagle said. “He has more than earned this promotion and has continued to prove his incredible value both on the field and on the recruiting trail. We are excited to have Nolan and his family in Aggieland for a long time.”

 

 

Cain has also played a role in seven former players being taken in the MLB Draft since 2017, but none are as talented as Montgomery.

2021 MLB Draft Gems | The Black Shohei Ohtani Is High School Phenom Braden Montgomery

2021 MLB Draft Gems | The Black Shohei Ohtani Is High School Phenom Braden Montgomery

Major League Baseball’s 65th-ranked  prospect Braden Montgomery is attending the MLB Draft combine this week in Cary, North Carolina, with intentions of showcasing his talents in front of scouts and team executives just days ahead of the 2021 MLB draft.

The University of Stanford commit is a 6’2 201-pound switch-hitting positional player and a right-handed pitcher out of Madison Central High School. Reports indicate that the 18-year-old phenom is the only coveted high school player in the draft, but he also classifies as the highest-ranked high school player in Mississippi.

 

 

Montgomery has a smooth feel at the plate, and his bat has a lot of pop to it. As mentioned earlier, the kid has superior contact on both sides of the dish, but he seems more comfortable from the right side. 

Furthermore, Montgomery has poise in the batters’ box with well-grounded balance, control, and exceptional vision as he can spray the ball across all parts of the diamond.

In the field of play, projections indicate that Montgomery will be a top-ten outfielder with a dynamic arm at either corner position. He displayed that laser during an event earlier this year as he recorded numerous 99 miles per hour missiles from the warning track.

 

 

The mound is a different story for the young sensation.

Montgomery has a three-pitch arsenal in his weaponry that continuously pops the catcher’s glove. The kid has a consistent 93 mph fastball that peaks at 96, while his curveball leaves batters weak in the knees and complements his heater, and the movement on his changeup is extraterrestrial 

 

 

These are great signs as he is only 18 years old, so his power and speed will come into effect as he continues to fill out into his man-body.

 

When asked about which position, he prefers better, Montgomery told MLB Central, ” I hear scouts say they want me as both, and I also hear guys say they want me as one or the other as I just want to do both.” 

 

He went on to say, “I picked up pitching more recently, but I’ve always been a hitter. So, there are some days where maybe I’ll turn out a poor pitching performance, but I’ll hit well and feel like I won’t have to pitch anymore or turn out a really good pitching performance, and I don’t hit well at all. So, I enjoy them both.”

 

This decision can bring generational wealth for the Montgomery family, depending upon how he does this week in the Draft Combine

“We are looking for the life-changing opportunity and obviously going to Stanford, that’s pretty high up on the board. But, looking for the draft has always been my dream since elementary school,” the future MLBbro said.” So, whichever opportunity presents itself as a better opportunity, that’s the one I’ll be going for.”

Montgomery seems like a really polished and very enlightened young kid. The salvo of talent and intelligence a student-athlete must portray, especially to have the Stanford Cardinals baseball scholarship in his back pocket, is astonishing.

Whatever decision he and his family land upon will be the right choice as variety is the spice of life. Whichever path he chooses, we at MLBbro.com will be rooting for him.