YORK COUNTY, Pa. (CBS/AP) — A Pennsylvania native — and big Phillies fan — was a top 10 pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. The Colorado Rockies selected outfielder Benny Montgomery with the 8th overall pick on Sunday night.
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“Unbelievable. No better feeling,” Montgomery tweeted. “I can’t thank my family, friends, and coaches enough for helping me along the way. I’m so proud to be a part of the Colorado Rockies!”
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Unbelievable. No better feeling.
I can’t thank my family, friends, and coaches enough for helping me along the way.
— Benny Montgomery (@benny_mont) July 12, 2021
Montgomery grew up a big Philadelphia Phillies fan and says he named his younger brother Chase after his favorite Phillie — Chase Utley.
“I did, then mom and dad liked it, so it stuck,” Montgomery said during an interview at the MLB Draft Combine. “I was a big Phillies guy growing up, huge Phillies fan and Chase Utley was my favorite player and I played infield at the time, so I wanted to name him after him.”
Montgomery went to Red Land High School in York County.
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We got our guy!
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 12, 2021
The Associated Press contributed to this report.