2022 Mock Draft: Top 10 Position Player Packs

A little over two months before the draft starts on July 17th, it’s still too early to create a strong connection between the team and the target. In my first full round 1 predictions for 2022, I’ll try to place players in the areas I want to go if the draft starts today, but expect a lot of changes over the next nine weeks.

While clubs agree that Georgia high school outfielder Druw Jones is the best talent, he doesn’t ignore the draft, like 2019’s Adley Rutschman or 2020’s Spencer Torkelson. The first 4 picks could be the ready hitters and the top 10 picks could be the bats. Neither has occurred since the draft began in 1965. There are currently no members of the injury-filled college pitching class in the top 14 picks. It was the longest shutout record since 1969.

In MLB Pipeline’s first extended mock draft two weeks ago, Jonathan Mayo predicted that Orioles would do what Orioles did with the last two first-round players. Just like Rutschman three years ago, he’s taking a different approach this time by letting Baltimore pick the best player. A detailed scouting report for all players can be found in the draft Top 150 (ranks in parentheses).

1. Orioles: Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan HS, Peachtree Corners, Ga. (1st)
Orioles narrowed it down to two college options (probably Cal Poly) with the top four high school students – Jones, Elijah Green, Jackson Holliday and Termarr Johnson – who were also the top four prospects in the draft Top 150. Shortstop Brooks Lee and Louisiana State University third baseman/outfielder Jacob Berry. If they were to give a discount, Berry would theoretically save the most money. Because he is most likely in the 6-10 range.

2. D.B.: Elijah Green (OF, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida, USA) (2nd place)
This feels like Jones’ floor and when he leaves the D-backs could take Green (but less than last summer after a strong senior season) or the best Johnson, who has higher ceilings but asks more questions about his bat. A pure hitter who breaks out of the prep ranks after a few years. Georgia Tech catchers Kevin Parada and Lee will be the most considered players in college.

3. Rangers: Jackson Holiday (SS), Stillwater (Oklaho) High School (4th)
Holliday made it to the top of the draft by getting bigger, stronger, and improving his tools overall. Although the Rangers went with stylish college students with their last three first-rounders, their high school talent is too good to ignore this year. If Holliday and Jones go 1-2, Johnson could be the choice.

4. Pirates: Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly (No. 5)
Lee goes well with the high-end college bats (Nick Gonzales, Henry Davis), chosen by the Pirates as the top seven picks in their last two drafts.

5. National Team: Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech (8th)
Parada may be the best college prospects currently agreed upon, but Orioles and Pirates have picked college catchers with the overall first pick in their last four drafts. This is not the case with the Nationals, which clearly lack a backstop prospect.

6. Marlins: Jacob Berry, 3B/OF, Louisiana State (#6)
Berry can offer the best combination of hitting ability, power, and at-bat discipline in the draft, but if he doesn’t finish first, he’ll probably go in the 6-10 range. The Marlins won’t mind cracking one of the best players in high school, and Johnson’s bat will be able to lure them in.

7. Cubs: Termarr Johnson, second baseman, Mays HS, Atlanta (3rd place)
Putting Johnson or Berry in 7th will be of great value to the Cubs, known for liking Chipola (Fla.) JC third baseman Cam Collier.

8. Twins: Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech (7th)
With the top four high schoolers off the board, there will be runs against second-tier hitters consisting of Jung, Arizona catcher Daniel Susac, Virginia Tech outfielders Gavin Cross and Collier.

9. Royals: Daniel Susak, C, Arizona (10th)
An aggressive catcher, Susac is a slightly lower version of Parada and the younger brother of former big league catcher Andrew, who adds sports pedigree to the first round. Jones (Andruw), Holliday (Matt) and Nevada reserve outfielder Justin Crawford (Carl) are the sons of former All-Stars. Collier’s father, Lou, also played in the majors. Green’s father, Eric, had no end to the Pro Bowl. Lee’s father, Larry, coaches him at Cal Poly and his uncle Terry was a first-rounder who won Triple-A in 1974. And Jung’s older brother Josh finished 8th overall by the 2019 Rangers.

10. Rocky Mountains: Virginia Tech Gavin Cross (No. 11)
Kroos, the best hitter on the US college team last summer, has the widest potential of any player expected to make it into the top 10. He has an out side shot that can go all the way up to second place and he can drop down to mid-table. tropics.

11. Mets: Brock Porter, RHP, Orchard Lake (Michigan) St. Mary’s Prep (No. 13)
(Compensation pick for failing to sign contract with first-rounder Kumar Locker in the first round of 2021)
Last pitcher! Most of the most active and healthy mound prospects are high school students with demographics that typically make the industry frivolous. In the first round of this unusual year, the prep hurlers over/under are 5 1/2 and Porter is the best of the bunch.

12. Tigers: Cam Collier, third baseman, Chipola (Florida) JC (#17)
The Tigers will prefer the bat and will compete against any name we expected ahead of them. If you can’t use it with Collier, the hometown product Porter might be tempting.

13. Angels: Brandon Barriera, LHP, American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. (No. 16)
The Angels tried to address the lack of pitching prospects by using all 20 picks on their arms in the 2021 draft, and Barriera has a better starting ceiling and floor combination than any of them.

14. Mets: Chase Dlautter, OF, James Madison (#12)
A career .402/.520/.715 hitter over three shortened college seasons, DeLauter went into second base on April 9th ​​with a broken left foot. He may not be able to play again this season, but he offers one of the best combinations of strength and perseverance. Available.

15. Padres: Connor Prielipp, LHP, Alabama (No. 23)
Padres took Cal Quantrill 8th overall in 2016 after missing an entire college season while recovering from Tommy John surgery a year ago. The same is the case with Prielif, who was nominated for the first place overall before injuring an elbow in May. He will be training in the bullpen for the team on May 23, one day before the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Alabama.

16. Guardians: Zach Neto, SS, Campbell (No. 26)
It’s almost too easy to give the Guardians a sweet swinging infielder, but Neto’s excellent bat-to-ball skills will make him the first-rounder in Campbell’s history.

17. Phillies: Robbie Snelling, left-handed, McQueen High, Reno, Nevada (#79)
Likewise, it’s no secret that the Phillies aren’t afraid of reserve pitchers after picking Mick Abel and Andrew Painter along with first-round pitchers in their last two drafts. Snelling currently has more helium than any high school and broke Shawn Estes’ Nevada large-class state strikeout record with 145 in 62 1/3 innings, including 15 on Tuesday.

18. Reds: Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford (Ga.) HS (#9)
Lesko was the top pitching prospect in the draft until he injured an elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery in April. He doesn’t look like he’ll be in the top 10 anymore, but he shouldn’t fall too far.

19. Athletics: Blade Tidwell, RHP, Tennessee (No. 22)
Tidwell missed the first six weeks of the season with shoulder pain and hasn’t gone over five innings as a starter yet, but he has more advantages than an active college pitcher. There are rumors that South Carolina-based third baseman Tucker Toman could advance to the first round, one of the teams belonging to the Athletics.

20. Braves: Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga (#19)
It took 20 picks, but Daehak-ro is completely healthy this spring. The Braves have linked many college pitchers, including right-handed pitchers Justin Campbell (Oklahoma State) and Thomas Harrington (Campbell).

21. Mariners: Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny HS, Wexford, Pa. (No. 18)
Some teams believe Young won’t last this long, while others think he might qualify for the first extra round. The Mariners hit for the third straight year with a college right-hander in the first round to pick a mid-range prepster in 2021, and could do so again in July.

22. Cardinals: Jet Williams (SS), Rockwall-Heath (Texas) High (No. 25)
A 5′ 8″ spark plug with sufficient hitting ability and speed, Williams could venture into his mid-teens.

23. Blue Jays: Justin Crawford, OF, Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas (#37)
Crawford currently has more helium than any high school student, and this could be his floor. He has the potential to make it into the top 10.

24. Red Sox: Jordan Beck, OF, Tennessee (No. 21)
Four of the next five expected picks are college bats, and all could go into the teens if the team prefers safer picks over high school pitchers. The Red Sox are often compared to Hunter Renfro, who picked Beck in round 14 of Alabama High School three years ago and made a similar leap in their third SEC season.

25. Yankees: Sterlin Thompson, Florida (#36)
Scouts love Thompson’s easy left-handed swing and he continues to climb the draft board. Florida high school outfielder Roman Anthony is rumored to have a chance to advance to the first round.

26. White Sox: Dylan Beavers, CA (#20)
College outfielders like Beavers and Drew Gilbert (Tennessee) are just as relevant here as college arms.

27. Brewer: Andrew Dutkanych, RHP, Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, Indianapolis (No. 14)
Dutkanych was the head of his high school pitching class before struggling in his last two games. He could be in the low end for number 27, but a team with multiple early picks could push him out and overpay him with a second pick. Louisiana State second baseman Cade Doughty could join the Brewers if they make it to the first round.

28. Astros: Jude Fabian, Florida (#29)
Fabian turned down more than $2 million from the Red Sox for his 2021 second round qualification, and his gamble looks set to pay off as he’s made more contacts without sacrificing power this spring. Other college hitters not mentioned above that could make it into the first round: Mississippi State catcher Logan Tanner, Oklahoma shortstop Peyton Graham, and Stanford outfielder Brock Jones.

29. Race: Cooper Hjerpe, LHP, Oregon State (No. 46)
A cunning high-level southpaw who frequently enters the first round, Hjerpe has a chance to be the first college pitcher and may pick 10-15 earlier. Other healthy college weapons nominated in the first round: Right-handed pitchers Jonathan Cannon (Georgia), Drew Thorpe (Cal Poly), left-handed pitchers Carson Whisenhunt (East Carolina, suspended), and Parker Messick (Florida State). Injured College Pitchers: Right-handers Peyton Palette (Arkansas) and Landon Sims (Mississippi State), not to mention right-hander Kumar Rocker who didn’t return to Vanderbilt after withdrawing a $6 million bonus offer after the Mets took Vanderbilt for 10th place. There is not. All interfered with last July and his post-draft physicals.

30. Giants: Jackson Ferris, LHP, IMG Academy, Bradenton, FL (No. 15)
The Giants haven’t scored in the second half of the first round since 2017 and are now in the final round hoping high-ceiling high schoolers like Ferris will drop. Other reserve players booming in the first round: left-handers Noah Schultz and Tristan Smith, outfielders Henry Volte, right-handers Jacob Miller and Owen Murphy, and catcher Malcolm Moore.


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