Future Stars Series Advisory Board Profile: Danny Montgomery

February 16, 2022

Danny Montgomery is no stranger to playing a big role on building something from the ground up.

An original member of the Colorado Rockies organization, Montgomery was first hired back in 1991, well before they even played their inaugural game. One of the most well-respected members of the entire organization, he’s moved his way up from an area scout, to crosschecker, to assistant director of scouting and then a special assistant to the GM before his most recent promotion this past off-season to vice president and assistant GM of scouting.

Montgomery was named Major League Baseball’s “East Coast Scout of the Year” in 2018, and has played a significant role in the rebuilding of an increasingly strong farm system that includes Future Stars Series alums like Zac Veen, Drew Romo and Mateo Gil.

Most notably, he played a big role in drafting Charlie Blackmon with a second-round pick in 2008; Blackmon, who was first selected by another team several years prior as a pitcher, of course ultimately developed into a franchise cornerstone and four-time All-Star for Colorado. Montgomery, who was a laundry list of other impact players he’s helped add, has played a significant role in every organizational decision that the Rockies have made for well over a decade, with all of the major final decisions on drafted and signed players running through him.

He was recently also “instrumental” in the hiring of the organization’s first female scout, Emily Glass, continuing a long legacy of working to provide opportunities to others in the game.

He’s the vice president of the Buck O’Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association, which was founded in honor of the 2022 inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame, who was the first African-American to coach in the Major Leagues and also one of the first to scout full-time. Via their website, the organization is dedicated to supporting the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO that was founded by Buck O’Neil, promote Baseball in inner-cities by educating coaches and mentoring players through annual clinics, award scholarships to students who have excelled in academia and who exhibits an interest in baseball, and provide a continual education of their scouts/coaches within the association.

As an original member of the Future Stars Series advisory board as well, Montgomery is further extending his commitment to helping the next generation of players make their name.

“Danny has been a mentor to many across the game for decades,” said Future Stars Series president and CEO, Jeremy Booth.

“The passion he shows for others success is very deep and real, and I’ve literally seen him smile ear to ear or tear up when someone under his mentorship reaches a new level. You’re hard pressed to find a better person who does more for the game and the people in it than ‘D-Mont,’ and the baseball acumen and success speaks for itself across several decades.”

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