The date of the 2022 MLB Draft has yet to be determined but speculatively the Draft may coincide with the All-Star festivities once again. The 2022 MLB Draft class is widely considered deep in talent and unlike last year has gifted collegiate bats aplenty. Here is a quick mock of round one of the 2022 MLB Draft (with a few bonus additions).

Round 1

  1. Baltimore Orioles- Brooks Lee – SS Cal Poly

Quick thoughts: Perhaps the most talented collegiate player, Lee has the potential to be an All-Star-caliber talent thanks to his talent and his father’s tutelage at Cal Poly.

Last three 1st rounders: Adley Rutschman- C, Heston Kjerstad- OF, Colton Cowser- OF

  1. Arizona Diamondbacks – Elijah Green- CF IMG Academy, FL

Quick thoughts: The immensely talented outfielder is the son of former NFL tight end Eric Green. The Florida prepster should go off the board in the top five selections.

Last three 1st rounders: Corbin Carroll- CF, Bryce Jarvis- RHSP, Jordan Lawler- SS

  1. Texas Rangers – Jace Jung- 2b Texas Tech

Quick thoughts: The younger brother of 2019 first-round pick Josh Jung, he displays the ability to play second and third base. Jung displays an advanced hit tool and could move quickly.

Last three 1st rounders: Josh Jung- 3B, Justin Foscue- 2B, Jack Leiter RHP

  1. Pittsburgh Pirates – Carter Young- SS Vanderbilt

Quick thoughts: Ben Cherington plays it safe once again in this mock draft selecting one of the best shortstops in the country here.

Last three 1st rounders: Quinn Priester- RHSP, Nick Gonzales- 2b, Henry Davis- C 

  1. Washington Nationals- Dylan Lesko- RHSP Buford HS, GA

Quick thoughts: The big-armed prep right-hander should be the top high school arm off the board next summer.

Last three 1st rounders: Jackson Rutledge- RHSP, Cade Cavalli- RHSP, Brady House- 3B

  1. Miami Marlins- Druw Jones- CF Wesleyan High School, GA 

Quick thoughts: If the name seems familiar it should, the talented young outfielder is the son of former Braves star Andruw Jones.

Last three 1st rounders: J.J. Bleday- OF, Max Meyer- RHSP, Khalil Watson- SS

  1. Chicago Cubs- Peyton Pallette- RHSP Arkansas

Quick thoughts: Former Cleveland Indians assistant GM Carter Hawkins takes the reigns in the Windy City. With his first pick, he looks to select the most talented player available, which happens to be right-hander Peyton Pallette. 

Last three 1st rounders: Ryan Jensen- RHSP, Ed Howard- SS, Jordan Wicks- LHSP

  1. Minnesota Twins- Termarr Johnson- 2B Mays HS, GA

Quick thoughts: One of the most talented prep bats in the draft class, slips down the board because of his defensive value or the lack thereof.

Last three 1st rounders: Keoni Cavaco- SS, Aaron Sabato- 1B, Chase Petty- RHSP

  1. Kansas City Royals- Chase DeLauter- OF James Madison

Quick thoughts: Small school bat that shows a penchant to hit. Could go top 15 next summer.

Last three 1st rounders: Bobby Witt- SS, Asa Lacy- LHSP, Frank Mozzicato- LHSP

  1. Colorado Rockies- Kevin Parada- C Georgia Tech

Quick thoughts: Parada is a skilled backstop with premium power potential, he could push into the top five selections next season.

Last three 1st rounders: Michael Toglia- 1B, Zac Veen- OF, Benny Montgomery- OF

  1. New York Mets* (compensation for not signing Kumar Rocker)- Cole Young- SS North Alleghany HS, PA

Quick thoughts: Young is a talented shortstop that projects well at the position long-term. He could be a top 10 selection next summer.

Last three 1st rounders: Brett Baty- 3B, Pete Crow-Armstrong- OF, Kumar Rocker- RHSP

  1. Detroit Tigers – Brock Porter- RHSP St. Mary’s, MI

Quick thoughts:  The Michigan native has an upper-90’s heater with plus spin rates and a changeup that projects as a plus pitch. Porter rounds out his three-pitch-mix with a solid curve.

Last three 1st rounders: Riley Greene- OF, Spencer Torkelson- 1B Jackson Jobe- RHSP

  1. Anaheim Angels- Hunter Barco- LHSP Florida

Quick thoughts: The Gators lefty utilizes a low-3/4 delivery which generates a low-90’s fastball that touches into the low-mid 90’s. He shows a quality slider and change. The lefty was a first-round talent in the 2019 draft before a shoulder injury shelved the lefty prior to the draft.

Last three 1st rounders: Will Wilson- SS, Reid Detmers- LHSP, Sam Bachman- RHSP

  1. New York Mets- Jacob Berry- 3B LSU

Quick thoughts: One of the best young bats in the country in 2021, Berry transferred to LSU for 2022 where he should continue to excel potentially pushing his stock higher than this with more high caliber exposure in the SEC in 2022.

  1. San Diego Padres- Conner Prielipp – LHSP Arkansas

Quick thoughts: Possibly the top pick in the draft if not for injury, Prielipp could go higher if he shows he is healthy (2021 TJ Surgery) before the draft. 

Last three 1st rounders: C.J. Abrams- SS, Robert Hassell- OF, Jackson Merrill- SS

16. Cleveland Guardians- Cam Collier- 3B Chipola JC

Quick thoughts: One of the youngest players available in the draft class, the former Georgia prepster re-classified to 2022. The talented middle infielder projects to the hot corner long-term. He is the son of former big leaguer Lou Collier.

Last three 1st rounders: Daniel Espino- RHSP, Carson Tucker- SS, Gavin Williams- RHSP

  1. Philadelphia Phillies- Daniel Susac- C Arizona

Quick thoughts: The tall and talented backstop should move quickly with his advanced offensive potential.

Last three 1st rounders: Bryson Stott- SS, Mick Abel- RHSP, Andrew Painter- RHSP

  1. Cincinnati Reds- Brock Jones- OF Stanford

Quick thoughts: Toolsy OF and former football player that could hit his way into the top 15 picks.

Last three 1st rounders: Nick Lodolo- LHSP, Austin Hendrick- OF, Matt McLain- SS

  1. Oakland Athletics- Jayson Jones – 3B Braswell HS, GA

Quick thoughts: The talented Georgia native shows off a sweet swing and pop. 

Last three 1st rounders: Logan Davidson- SS, Tyler Soderstrom- C, Maxwell Muncy- SS

  1. Atlanta Braves – Kumar Rocker- RHSP no school

Quick thoughts: If Rocker is truly healthy he could find his way into the top ten selections.

Last three 1st rounders: Shea Langeliers- C, Jared Shuster- LHSP, Ryan Cusick- RHSP

  1. Seattle Mariners – JR Ritchie- RHSP Bainbridge HS, WA 

Quick thoughts: An unusual prospect from the state of Washington, Ian “JR” Ritchie possesses big arm talent and could push up the board as the draft nears.

Last three 1st rounders: George Kirby- RHSP, Emerson Hancock- RHSP, Harry Ford- C

  1. St. Louis Cardinals- Bryce Hubbart- LHSP Florida State

Quick thoughts: The Seminoles frontman has a solid three-pitch mix with an excellent slider.

Last three 1st rounders: Zack Thompson- LHSP, Jordan Walker- 3B, Michael McGreevy- RHSP

  1. Boston Red Sox- Robert Moore- 2B Arkansas

Quick thoughts: The son of Royals GM Dayton Moore, he’s an intelligent player with athleticism.

Last three 1st rounders: Cameron Cannon- SS, Nick Yorke- 2B, Marcelo Meyer- SS

  1. Toronto Blue Jays- Cade Doughty- 3B LSU

Quick thoughts: Doughty displays an advanced approach at the plate with solid power. He has a reputation as a  team leader and a player a lot of teams would want on their roster.

Last three 1st rounders: Alek Manoah- RHSP, Austin Martin- SS, Gunnar Hoglund- RHSP

  1. New York Yankees- Jud Fabian- CF Florida

Quick thoughts: Fabian spurned the Red Sox in 2021 with hopes of climbing up draft boards in 2021. He will need to reduce his swing and miss tendencies to climb higher but has some tools to contribute and move quickly.

Last three 1st rounders: Anthony Volpe- SS, Austin Wells- C, Trey Sweeney- SS

  1. Chicago White Sox- Cayden Wallace- OF Arkansas

Quick thoughts: Wallace is a corner bat with a strong arm and pop in his bat, he could develop into a middle of the order bat.

Last three 1st rounders: Andrew Vaughn- 1B, Garrett Crochet- LHP, Colson Montgomery- SS

  1. Milwaukee Brewers- Peyton Graham- 3B Oklahoma

Quick thoughts: Graham has a slender frame and should continue to add strength and power.

Last three 1st rounders: Ethan Small- LHSP, Garrett Mitchell- OF, Sal Frelick- OF

  1. Houston Astros- Tristan Smith- LHSP Boiling Springs HS

Quick thoughts: Smith is a spin darling with a mid-upper 90’s heater and a slider that posts elite spin numbers (3,000 rpm).

Last three 1st rounders: Korey Lee- C, (No 1st round picks in 2020 and 2021 as part of the penalty for cheating).

  1. Tampa Bay Rays- Brandon Barriera- LHSP 

Quick thoughts: Barriera has a small frame but big-time stuff, he could go much higher.

Last three 1st rounders: Greg Jones- SS, Nick Bitsko- RHSP, Carson Williams- SS

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers- Jackson Ferris- LHSP IMG Academy, FL

Quick thoughts: Another high-ranking prospect from baseball manufacturer IMG Academy, Ferris has the potential to climb boards as summer nears.

Last three 1st rounders: Kody Hoese- 3B, Bobby Miller- RHSP, Maddux Bruns- LHSP

  1. San Francisco Giants- Hayden Dunhurst- C Ole Miss

Quick thoughts: Excellent defensive backstop with an improving bat.

Last three 1st rounders: Hunter Bishop- OF, Patrick Bailey- C, Will Bednar- RHSP

Bonus

Cleveland’s CBB Round selection: Justin Crawford- CF Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas, NV

Quick thoughts: The immensely talented center fielder is committed to playing college ball for the Louisiana State Tigers. Crawford is the son of former major leaguer Carl Crawford. He is an elite defensive center field talent with double-plus speed. Crawford the younger has a lean projectable 6’3, 175 lb frame which offers projectable strength gains as he matures. He could be drafted somewhere in late round one into round three depending upon his sign-ability and his continued development.

Cleveland’s Second Round selection: Jared Karros- RHSP UCLA

Quick thoughts: The son of former big leaguer Eric Karros, the 6’7 right-hander has a high over-the-top delivery. Karros shows above-average control with a three-pitch mix.  Karros optimizes his delivery pitching top to bottom of the zone with his fastball and curveball combo. The younger Karros projects to be drafted somewhere between rounds two and four.

Cleveland’s Third Round selection: Max Rajcic- RHSP UCLA 

Quick thoughts: Another UCLA Bruin here, Rajcic was the closer last season as a freshman. He worked exclusively as a starter for Orleans in the Cape Cod League. Rajcic has a four-pitch mix with a low-90’s heater that maxes at 94 mph, he has a show-me curve paired with a slider and changeup with plus control. He currently projects be draft between rounds two-to-four.

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