It is 2022 MLB draft day in Los Angeles and the Baltimore Orioles have made their choice.
With the No. 1 total choose, the Orioles took Jackson Holliday, prime prospect and son of former main leaguer Matt Holliday. The Arizona Diamondbacks adopted up with one other son for a former main leaguer (Andruw), deciding on Druw Jones.
The Texas Rangers shocked many by selecting Kumar Rocker, one of the crucial well-known names within the draft, at No. 3. The Pittsburgh Pirates took Termarr Johnson fourth total and the Washington Nationals nabbed Elijah Inexperienced to spherical out the primary 5 picks. The primary 80 picks shall be made Sunday night time adopted by Rounds 3-10 on Monday and concluding with Rounds 11-20 on Tuesday.
Which groups made picks that stunned everybody? MLB consultants Dave Schoenfield and Dan Mullen break down every thing it is advisable to find out about who your favourite crew took within the first spherical of the draft.
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1. Baltimore Orioles: Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater HS (OK)
Who’s Holliday? The son of a major league All-Star (Matt), Holliday has separated himself as the perfect prep shortstop on this class by means of his highly effective bat. He hit .685 with 17 dwelling runs, 79 RBIs and even stole 30 bases in 40 video games throughout his highschool season. There’s a query of whether or not he can stick at shortstop or will find yourself transferring to second base as a professional, however his offensive talent set will play at both place.
Jackson and Matt Holliday focus on the joy round Jackson turning into the No. 1 choose within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Orioles took him right here: After months of hypothesis that the Orioles might go a variety of other ways with this No. 1 choose, Baltimore confirmed why by taking somebody apart from consensus No. 1 prospect Druw Jones right here. Now the large query is that if Baltimore will be capable of signal Holliday at any financial savings after which use the financial savings to go over slot on gamers at its later picks tonight (Nos. 33 and 42).
In Holliday, the Orioles are getting an elite expertise who has risen up draft boards steadily this spring because of his array of high quality instruments and projection on the plate. Holliday joins a bunch of latest prime draft prospects at the moment making their manner towards Baltimore because the O’s come out of their rebuild. — Mullen
2. Arizona Diamondbacks: Druw Jones, CF, Wesleyan HS (GA)
Who’s Jones? The No. 1 total participant on Kiley McDaniel’s draft board, Jones is the son of five-time MLB All-Star Andruw Jones. An array of instruments units Jones other than the remainder of the 2022 draft class. He’s a plus hitter with plus energy, plus-plus pace and a plus defender in heart area but in addition might play shortstop in his professional profession. Whereas there isn’t a excellent comp for Jones, a wholesome Byron Buxton is an effective place to start out.
Take a look at highlights that helped make Druw Jones the second choose within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Diamondbacks took him right here: The Diamondbacks must be ecstatic to see the consensus No. 1 participant on this draft class fall into their laps with the No. 2 choose. Arizona is getting a participant with 30/30 potential on the plate and an elite defender at a premium place. D-backs followers are free to start out dreaming about the potential of a Druw Jones/Alek Thomas/Corbin Carroll outfield within the franchise’s future. — Mullen
3. Texas Rangers: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Tri-Metropolis (Impartial)
Who’s Rocker? Arguably the most well-known name within the draft for a second straight yr, Rocker lands right here after going unsigned by the Mets because the No. 10 choose within the 2021 draft. As an alternative of going again to Vanderbilt for the 2022 spring season, Rocker made 5 begins this summer season for Tri-Metropolis (New York) of the unbiased Frontier League. His mid-90s fastball with the ValleyCats and practically MLB-ready stuff helped get him to this spot regardless of longer-term questions on his pitching arm, together with a September 2021 shoulder surgical procedure.
Take a look at Kumar Rocker’s highlights from his season with the Tri-Metropolis Valley Cats as he will get set to affix the Rangers after being chosen third total.
Why the Rangers took him right here: In what would be the largest shocker of the night time, the Rangers stun everybody with the previous Vanderbilt star, a participant not projected to go till maybe 15th on the earliest — and now he’ll be part of his former Vandy teammate Jack Leiter within the Rangers system. It does comply with a Rangers pattern of going for polished faculty prospects lately: Josh Jung in 2019, Justin Foscue in 2020 and Leiter final yr with the second choose. The hope is all 4 will quickly be within the majors and be part of Marcus Semien and Corey Seager to get the Rangers again within the playoff hunt. — Schoenfield
4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays HS (GA),
Who’s Johnson? It is uncommon to see a prep seemingly second baseman go this excessive on draft night time, however Johnson has steadily ranked close to the highest of this class due to his elite hit device. Regardless of enjoying in a lower-tier highschool league and standing simply 5-foot-10, Johnson has impressed scouts together with his uncooked energy and pace on the basepaths, however make no mistake about it — his potential to make laborious contact constantly is what lands him right here.
Take a look at highlights from Termarr Johnson, who was chosen fourth total by the Pirates within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Pirates took him right here: Regardless of being listed at 5-foot-10, there’s a good likelihood that Johnson will develop as the perfect pure hitter on this class — and that might assist him transfer shortly by the minors for a highschool infielder. Whereas his future is probably going at second base, the Pirates are getting an offensive prospect who ranks proper up there with Holliday and Jones on the No. Four total choose. — Mullen
5. Washington Nationals: Elijah Inexperienced, CF, IMG Academy HS (FL)
Who’s Inexperienced? Two years in the past, Inexperienced was garnering probably the most hype of any participant on this draft class and drawing comparisons to a younger Ronald Acuna Jr. The bodily instruments that had him within the early dialog as a No. 1 total choose stay, however Inexperienced’s swing mechanics, strategy and make contact with charge have been query marks all through his prep profession.
Take a look at among the highlights that helped make Elijah Inexperienced the fifth total choose by the Nationals.
Why the Nationals took him right here: No shock right here, even with Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada nonetheless on the board. The Nationals have a younger catcher in Keibert Ruiz and GM Mike Rizzo all the time likes to gamble on the high-upside expertise. In some methods, Inexperienced is much like Brady Home, final yr’s No. 1 choose, as a highschool participant with large uncooked energy and swing-and-miss considerations. Plus, rumor is the Nationals might need an outfielder. — Schoenfield
Who’s Berry? Berry was named nationwide freshman of the yr at Arizona earlier than following his coach Jay Johnson to LSU. A switch-hitter who has arguably the perfect present mixture of hit/energy/plate choice on this draft, Berry is a possible large league common — although his ceiling and supreme place stay questions.
Why the Marlins took him right here: There may not be a safer participant than Berry taken tonight. He is a confirmed hitter on the highest ranges of school baseball and his hitting potential will seemingly carry him to the majors as a strong on a regular basis participant — however the downside is there are no instruments that scream star participant right here. This choose is harking back to when Miami chosen Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday out of the SEC with the No. Four choose in 2019. — Mullen
7. Chicago Cubs: Cade Horton, RHP, Oklahoma
Who’s Horton? A late riser on draft boards, Cade Horton was dominant on the mound throughout Oklahoma’s School World Collection run capped by a MCWS final-record 13-strikeout outing towards eventual champion Ole Miss in Omaha. Earlier than being sidelined because of Tommy John surgical procedure, Horton arrived at Oklahoma an area product of Norman Excessive as one of many nation’s most heralded recruits in 2020 as a two-way star on the diamond and in addition as a quarterback.
Why the Cubs took him right here: The view of Horton modified dramatically for the higher after his robust postseason efficiency for the Sooners. Groups do not often draft for want, however it’s additionally true the Cubs system is stronger in place participant prospects and weaker in beginning pitching prospects (particularly within the higher ranges). It seems the Cubs have been targeted on getting a pitcher. — Schoenfield
Who’s Lee? A shortstop whereas enjoying for his father at Cal Poly, Lee might be ticketed for a transfer to 3rd base when he begins his professional profession. Lee lacks the standout explosive instruments of different prospects taken this excessive within the draft, however makes up for it together with his regular manufacturing. He adopted up a robust summer season on the Cape by hitting .357 with 15 dwelling runs this spring.
Take a look at the highlights which have helped make Brooks Lee a prime choose by the Twins.
Why the Twins took him right here: Surprises above this choose left the Twins with extra gamers within the elite tier accessible than anticipated at No. 8. They went with a participant whose bat ought to play on the left facet of their infield as both a shortstop or third baseman. Like Berry taken two picks earlier than him, Lee feels a bit extra like a sure-thing good participant than a prospect with star upside to dream on right here. — Mullen
Who’s Cross? Unheralded out of highschool and as a freshman at Virginia Tech, Cross developed into an All-American over his last two seasons in Blacksburg. A left-handed hitter, Cross performed heart area in faculty however is prone to find yourself in proper as a professional with an above-average mixture of hit and energy that figures to carry up in an outfield nook.
Take a look at among the thrilling highlights from Royals first-round choose Gavin Cross.
Why the Royals took him right here: Drafting within the prime 10 for the fourth straight season, the Royals had gone highschool place participant (Bobby Witt Jr.), faculty pitcher (Asa Lacy), highschool pitcher (Frank Mozzicato) and now go together with a university place participant. At the least GM Dayton Moore is versatile in his considering. Cross might be one other fast-moving faculty bat — and the Royals want outfield assist. — Schoenfield
10. Colorado Rockies: Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga
Who’s Hughes? Gonzaga’s first first-round choice since Marco Gonzales in 2013, Hughes had been a two-way participant earlier than focusing solely on pitching in 2022, displaying enchancment till struggling in his previous couple of begins and ending 8-Three with a 3.21 ERA. He is a 6-foot-Four right-hander who sits 93-to-96 with some scouts believing there’s extra velocity to come back.
Why the Rockies took him right here: The Rockies’ system is missing in beginning pitching prospects, particularly pitchers with frontline potential — and that is what Hughes brings because the No. 10 choose. Standing 6-foot-Four with a high-90s fastball and slider, he tasks to not less than a mid-rotation starter. He was dominant for a lot of the 2022 season at Gonzaga, ending ninth within the nation with 138 strikeouts in 98 innings. — Mullen
11. New York Mets: Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech
Who’s Parada? The clear prime catching prospect on this class, Parada busted out on the plate for Georgia Tech, batting .361 with 26 dwelling runs and 88 RBIs in 60 video games. Previous to the 2022 breakout, he was seen extra as a hit-over-power prospect, evidenced by his 9 lengthy balls in 52 video games for the Yellow Jackets in 2021. His protection tasks to be robust sufficient to maintain him behind the plate as a professional, however the bat is what has scouts excited.
Take a look at the highlights that helped make Kevin Parada a first-round choose by the Mets.
Why the Mets took him right here: The Mets needed to be pleasantly stunned to have Parada fall into their laps. Fourth on ESPN MLB draft professional Kiley McDaniel’s final draft ranking board, Parada was seen as a consensus top-five choice in mock drafts. In fact, the Mets have already got the perfect catching prospect within the minors in Francisco Alvarez, however these issues will work themselves out if Parada develops — whether or not meaning a place change or a timeshare at catcher/DH with Alvarez sooner or later. — Schoenfield
12. Detroit Tigers: Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech
Who’s Jung? The youthful brother of Rangers prime prospect Josh, who additionally starred at Texas Tech, Jace has the same draft profile: robust construct, glorious faculty stats, some untapped energy — and questions on his defensive future. Whereas Jace will seemingly by no means win any Gold Gloves at second or third base, his left-handed bat ought to play simply wonderful at both place.
Take a look at the highlights that helped Jace Jung get chosen within the first spherical by the Tigers.
Why the Tigers took him right here: We’re at some extent within the draft the place faculty hitters are probably the most accessible group and the Tigers have a historical past of liking gamers who’ve a historical past of big-conference efficiency with their early picks. Jung hit .328 with a 1.116 throughout his three years enjoying within the Massive 12 at Texas Tech and nonetheless has room for some upside — particularly with the same draft-day profile to his brother, who has developed into the most effective hitting prospects in baseball. — Mullen
Who’s Neto? A late riser out of the Massive South Convention, Neto dominated the competitors this spring with a .407 batting common and a ridiculous .769 slugging proportion. Regardless of an unorthodox all-out swing, he additionally confirmed he can produce towards elite pitching when he hit .307 with a 1.026 OPS on the Cape final summer season. He might need to shorten his swing within the professionals, however he has the instruments to stay at shortstop defensively.
Why the Angels took him right here: He isn’t from a significant convention, however the instruments are loud and the Angels are clearly determined for a shortstop on the large league stage given the anemic offensive manufacturing they’ve acquired this season. He pitched some earlier in his profession, so has the arm energy to stay at shortstop. He was additionally 19-for-20 stealing bases, so has an all-around sport. As he stated on the draft, “I am unable to wait to carry some swagger to L.A.” — Schoenfield
14. New York Mets: Jett Williams, SS, Rockwall Heath HS (TX)
Who’s Williams? Standing simply 5-foot-8 (at most), Williams swings from his heels whereas additionally managing to make constant contact on the plate. He has elite quickness, a robust arm, quick arms and energy that makes drafting a participant his dimension appear rather a lot much less dangerous. With successful device to go together with his bodily potential, Williams is a favourite of scouts who flocked to Texas to see him play this spring.
Why the Mets took him right here: After going with a elegant faculty prospect in Parada with the No. 11 total choose, they switched gears and are betting large on upside right here. Williams has the potential to be the one most dynamic participant taken tonight with elite pace and fast arms highlighting an array of loud instruments and a robust hit device. That every one makes him attending to his upside appear much less dangerous than you would possibly suppose for a 5-foot-Eight highschool prospect. — Mullen
15. San Diego Padres: Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford HS (GA)
Who’s Lesko? Simply the highest pitching prospect on this draft — and in latest historical past — getting into the spring, Lesko underwent Tommy John surgical procedure in April. When wholesome, he combines a mid-90s fastball and a high-spin curveball with an 80-grade changeup that McDaniel calls the perfect he has seen under the main league stage.
Take a look at the highlights that helped make Dylan Lesko a first-round choose by the Padres within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Padres took him right here: That is this most Padres-like choose attainable, going for upside above every thing else, even with the apparent well being danger after surgical procedure. The final word payout is a case like Lucas Giolito, who fell into this vary when he was drafted out of highschool due to Tommy John surgical procedure, however recovered and developed into an All-Star starter. — Schoenfield
16. Cleveland Guardians: Chase DeLauter, RF, James Madison
Who’s DeLauter? A breakout performer within the Cape final summer season with a .986 OPS, DeLauter hit .437 for James Madison however performed simply 24 video games and did most of his injury towards weak competitors. There may be energy and plate self-discipline right here, however the inconsistent swing mechanics he confirmed this spring make him an attention-grabbing choose — a possible middle-of-the-order hitter however with shades of Bradley Zimmer or Kameron Misner, two examples of gamers who struggled to make constant contact within the professionals.
Why the Guardians took him right here: DeLauter ranked No. 9 in your entire class when McDaniel launched his initial 2022 draft rankings in late February. A gradual begin to the school season in a few of his few probabilities towards elite competitors harm his inventory. There may be nonetheless rather a lot to love right here — and the Guardians have a latest historical past of getting probably the most out of prospects — as a late-blooming, long-limbed outfielder whose future largely depends upon how a lot contact he could make. — Mullen
17. Philadelphia Phillies: Justin Crawford, CF, Bishop Gorman HS (NV)
Who’s Crawford? One other first-round choose whose father is a not too long ago retired main leaguer, Crawford (son of Carl) is among the most electrifying gamers on this class with instruments together with 80-grade pace. The large query for Crawford is whether or not he’ll hit sufficient to get to his uncooked energy in video games, however there are few gamers on this class with extra upside than the Nevada prep who performed on the similar highschool that produced Joey Gallo and Yankees first-round choose Austin Wells.
Why the Phillies took him right here: Once more, groups do not actually draft for want, however boy do the Phillies want a middle fielder — and Crawford’s pace means he tasks as an elite defender in heart. He is additionally a pleasant match for the farm system after the Phillies drafted two highschool pitchers up to now two drafts (Mick Abel and Andrew Painter). These two are performing properly to date, and Crawford offers the Phillies a 3rd straight excessive schooler who might find yourself being a steal at their draft place. — Schoenfield
18. Cincinnati Reds: Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola JC (FL)
Who’s Collier? The son of yet one more former main leaguer (Lou performed components of eight seasons in MLB), Collier took the Bryce Harper path to the 2022 draft by reclassifying and enjoying the spring season at a junior faculty — as a 17-year-old. Collier’s bat is his prime device and he held his personal towards older competitors this spring. Like Johnson, Collier performed prep ball within the Atlanta space and his hit device is only a tick behind Johnson’s close to the highest of this draft class.
Take a look at the highlights that helped make Cam Collier the Reds’ first-round choose within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Reds took him right here: The higher query right here might find yourself being: How did 17 groups cross on the participant ranked No. 5 on McDaniel’s pre-draft top 300 board earlier than the Reds took him right here? At 17 years previous, Collier is the youngest prime prospect on this draft, and he has already proved his potential to carry his personal towards hitters three to 4 years older than him — first at juco powerhouse Chipola after which this summer season within the Cape Cod League. — Mullen
Who’s Susac? Daniel is the youthful brother of former MLB catcher Andrew Susac, a 2011 second-round choose of the Giants who spent components of six seasons within the majors. After incomes Pac-12 Freshman of the Yr honors in 2021, Susac improved on his offensive manufacturing for Arizona this spring, posting a .366 batting common and 1.012 OPS for the Wildcats.
Why the Athletics took him right here: A draft-eligible sophomore, Susac hit .351 in his two seasons at Arizona and has the defensive chops to stay behind the plate. Some draft boards had him within the prime 15, so this might be an excellent worth choose for the A’s, even when catching is one in every of their strengths with Sean Murphy within the majors, plus prospects Shea Langeliers (MVP of the Futures Recreation) and Tyler Soderstrom (who has been enjoying each catcher and first base in Class A). — Schoenfield
20. Atlanta Braves: Owen Murphy, RHP, Riverside Brookfield HS (IL)
Who’s Murphy? Murphy dominated Illinois highschool competitors this spring, pitching to a 0.12 ERA with 137 strikeouts in 58 1/Three innings and hitting .548 with 18 dwelling runs as a 3rd baseman. His future is clearly on the mound although, the place his easy supply, above-average stuff and skill to throw strikes offsets the truth that he hasn’t been examined ceaselessly as a cold-weather prep pitcher.
Why the Braves took him right here: If there’s one factor the Braves do properly, it is drafting pitchers. Now, they’re including one other younger starter whose clear movement and command match their profile for fulfillment within the late-rising Murphy. That is assuming Murphy stays on the mound as a professional — which is predicted — contemplating he additionally has early-rounds expertise as a place participant as a backup plan. — Mullen
21. Seattle Mariners: Cole Younger, SS, North Allegheny HS (PA)
Who’s Younger? Not like the highschool shortstops being chosen earlier than him, Younger’s energy relies extra on regular all-around efficiency than on any standout explosive device. At the same time as a Northern highschool participant who turns 19 later this month, he is a secure wager to hit his manner by the minors and keep at shortstop as a professional.
Take a look at the highlights that helped Cole Younger change into a first-round choose by the Mariners within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Mariners took him right here: The Mariners have usually gone with faculty choices beneath GM Jerry Dipoto, together with three straight faculty pitchers from 2018 to 2020. Nevertheless, faculty pitching was the weakest space of this draft, so the Mariners as a substitute go together with a second straight highschool choose. Younger is a left-handed hitter, which is a pleasant optimistic, and his hit, run and throw instruments all grade as above-average. — Schoenfield
Who’s Hjerpe? The very best phrase to explain Hjerpe’s left-handed supply is funky. Coming from a low launch level with some cross-body movement, the deception makes it extraordinarily tough for hitters to choose up the ball popping out of his hand — suppose someplace between Chris Sale and Josh Hader. Whereas his upside within the majors is not fairly that stage of pitcher, his 2022 stats at Oregon State communicate for themselves: 11-2 report, 2.53 ERA and 161 strikeouts with solely 23 walks allowed in 103.1 innings.
Why the Cardinals took him right here: Robust-performing polished faculty participant from a significant program suits the Cardinals’ latest draft historical past of pitchers to a tee. Along with his mixture of expertise and deception on the mound, Hjerpe might transfer by the minors and attain the majors faster than most pitchers chosen tonight. — Mullen
23. Toronto Blue Jays: Brandon Barriera, LHP, American Heritage HS (FL)
Who’s Barriera? Barriera charted a new path to the first round, opting out of the top of his highschool season to organize for the draft. He impressed in a June exercise, flashing three plus pitches and — whereas prep beginning pitchers are all the time dangerous this excessive within the draft — he may be the most secure wager of any highschool arm who goes Sunday night time.
Take a look at the highlights from Brandon Barriera that helped him change into a first-round choose by the Blue Jays within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Blue Jays took him right here: As a result of who would not like a lefty who can hit 98 mph? Regardless of his distinctive path to the draft, no one doubts Barriera’s energy arm and four-pitch repertoire. He is additionally going to enter professional ball with a chip on his shoulder, saying the groups that handed on him are “going to remorse this.” — Schoenfield
24. Boston Red Sox: Mikey Romero, SS, Orange Lutheran HS (CA)
Who’s Romero? An LSU commit, Romero is from the identical highschool program that has produced Gerrit Cole and up to date first-round picks Cole Winn and Garrett Mitchell (although Cole and Mitchell have been drafted out of UCLA). He would not have an excellent device, however he can hit and area and the Crimson Sox will see if he can develop some energy.
Why the Crimson Sox took him right here: That is a kind of picks that can seemingly make much more sense once we see what the Crimson Sox do with their upcoming picks. Romero ranked No. 56 on McDaniel’s pre-draft rankings, so this is not a complete attain, however it’s seemingly a strategical play to go daring with upcoming picks much like when Boston took Nick York with the 17th choose within the 2020 draft after which adopted up by taking Blaze Jordan within the third spherical. — Mullen
25. New York Yankees: Spencer Jones, RF, Vanderbilt
Who’s Jones? Standing 6-foot-7 with explosive instruments and untapped upside, Jones is arguably the most important danger/reward prospect we noticed taken Sunday night time. After injuring his pitching elbow as a two-way prospect in highschool, Jones went to Vanderbilt and has pressured his manner up draft boards by giving entrance places of work strong manufacturing to consider in — .370 batting common, 1.103 OPS for the Commodores this spring — however he additionally struck out 64 instances in 61 video games, highlighting the danger that is still.
Take a look at the highlights that helped make Spencer Jones a first-round choose by the Yankees within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Yankees took him: Hey, the Yankees will want a brand new 6-foot-7 outfielder to exchange Aaron Judge if he departs as a free agent. In fact, there aren’t many 6-foot-7 gamers in main league historical past, however possibly they’ll strike it wealthy as soon as once more with a boom-or-bust expertise like Jones. — Schoenfield
26. Chicago White Sox: Noah Schultz, LHP, Oswego East HS (IL)
Who’s Schultz? Overlook the Aaron Decide comparability, we have now a Randy Johnson comp with Schultz. He is a 6-foot-9 lefty dedicated to Vanderbilt. He is extra polished than Johnson was popping out of highschool, however he would not throw as laborious, sitting within the low 90s and topping out at 96. It might take an overslot bonus to purchase him out of Vanderbilt.
Take a look at the highlights that helped make Noah Schultz a first-round choose by the White Sox within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the White Sox took him right here: Schultz stands taller than every other prime pitching prospect on this draft with plus stuff. Chicago has a necessity for affect beginning pitching all through its system so the match is clear. The query is whether or not Schultz will really signal or he’ll head to Vanderbilt. If he does be part of Chicago, his mixture of dimension, hit-or-miss management and an uncommon arm slot makes him one of many largest boost-or-bust prospects chosen tonight. — Mullen
27. Milwaukee Brewers: Eric Brown, SS, Coastal Carolina
Who’s Brown? Drafting Brown right here is an acknowledgement that his uncommon swing is probably going going to wish work — and maybe an overhaul — by the minors. That hasn’t stopped him from making constant contact throughout his time at Coastal Carolina, together with a .330 batting common in 2022, with creating energy and an opportunity to stay at shortstop.
Why the Brewers took him right here: The Brewers prefer to go together with faculty bats and strike once more with Brown, making him their fourth straight faculty place participant within the first spherical. Brown’s hand-eye coordination permits him to beat his distinctive setup and provides him glorious contact expertise — one other trait the Brewers love going after. — Schoenfield
28. Houston Astros: Drew Gilbert, CF, Tennessee
Who’s Gilbert? The face of probably the most dominant offensive crew in latest faculty baseball historical past, Gilbert is understood for his brash play with the Vols. He hit .362 with a 1.128 OPS on his strategy to All-SEC honors in 2022. With a high-contact strategy and above-average pace to associate with his all-out type, veteran outfielder Brett Gardner is an effective place to start out when in search of a comp.
Take a look at the highlights that helped make Drew Gilbert a first-round choose by the Astros within the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Astros took him right here: Getting Gilbert here’s a actually robust draft board worth for the Astros. He was ranked No. 11 in McDaniel’s pre-draft rankings and no one would have been stunned if he got here off the board 10 picks earlier tonight after his large season at Tennessee. Gilbert has a excessive ground and his ceiling is an on a regular basis heart fielder who makes groups pay for skipping over him tonight — and continues to play with a chip on his shoulder for years. — Mullen
29. Tampa Bay Rays: Xavier Isaac, 1B, East Forsyth HS (NC)
Who’s Isaac? At 6-foot-Four and 240 kilos, Isaac’s greatest device, as you’ll be able to think about, is light-tower energy. He would not promote out for energy, nevertheless, specializing in laborious contact. He additionally missed most of his junior season and the summer season showcases with a foot harm, so there’s little monitor report of him dealing with elite pitching.
Why the Rays took him right here: This is among the largest surprises within the first spherical, particularly coming from the Rays, who like to give attention to up-the-middle place gamers who’ve positional flexibility as they develop in professional ball. Isaac was 95th on Kiley’s board, so it looks like a attain, however one factor we have discovered: Do not second-guess the Rays. — Schoenfield
Who’s Crawford? A two-way star at UConn, Crawford was drawing top-10 and even top-five buzz earlier than lacking your entire 2022 faculty season because of Tommy John surgical procedure. A left-handed slugger on the plate, Crawford hit triple digits on the Cape in 2021 and shined for Crew USA’s collegiate nationwide crew, so his future may be on the mound — although he threw simply Eight 1/Three complete faculty innings for the Huskies.
Why the Giants took him right here: Crawford is probably the most distinctive expertise on this draft, a real two-way risk who slugged .546 as a hitter at UConn — however left-handers who hit 100 mph have a manner of ending up on the mound within the professionals. One other issue to think about: Crawford introduced he was transferring to Tennessee simply earlier than the draft, which is able to give him some further leverage in contract negotiations with San Francisco. He was a participant who was drawing extra buzz than anybody else on this draft final summer season, so if he returns to full well being and indicators, the upside is evident. — Mullen
31. Colorado Rockies: Sterlin Thompson, OF, Florida
32. Cincinnati Reds: Sal Stewart, 3B, Westminster Christian HS (FL)
Aggressive steadiness Spherical A
33. Baltimore Orioles: Dylan Beavers, RF, Cal
34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Landon Sims, RHP, Mississippi State
35. Atlanta Braves: J.R. Ritchie, RHP, Bainbridge HS (WA)
36. Pittsburgh Pirates: Thomas Harrington, RHP, Campbell
37. Cleveland Guardians: Justin Campbell, RHP, Oklahoma State
38. Colorado Rockies: Jordan Beck, RF, Tennessee
39. San Diego Padres: Robby Snelling, LHP, McQueen HS (NV)
40. Los Angeles Dodgers: Dalton Dashing, C, Louisville
(The Dodgers’ first choose drops 10 spots, from 30 to 40, because of exceeding the aggressive steadiness tax threshold.)
41. Boston Crimson Sox: Cutter Coffey, SS, Liberty HS (CA)
(Compensation for unsigned 2021 second-round choose Jud Fabian.)
42. Baltimore Orioles: Max Wagner, 3B, Clemson
43. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ivan Melendez, 1B, Texas
44. Pittsburgh Pirates: Hunter Barco, LHP, Florida
45. Washington Nationals: Jake Bennett, LHP, Oklahoma
46. Miami Marlins: Jacob Miller, RHP, Liberty Union HS (OH)
47. Chicago Cubs: Jackson Ferris, LHP, IMG Academy HS (FL)
48. Minnesota Twins: Connor Prielipp, LHP, Alabama
49. Kansas Metropolis Royals: Cayden Wallace, 3B, Arkansas
50. Colorado Rockies: Jackson Cox, RHP, Toutle Lake HS (WA)
51. Detroit Tigers: Peyton Graham, SS, Oklahoma
52. New York Mets: Blade Tidwell, RHP, Tennessee
53. San Diego Padres: Adam Mazur, RHP, Iowa
54. Cleveland Guardians: Parker Messick, LHP, Florida State
55. Cincinnati Reds: Logan Tanner, C, Mississippi State
56. Oakland Athletics: Henry Bolte, CF, Palo Alto HS (CA)
57. Atlanta Braves: Cole Phillips, RHP, Boerne HS (TX)
58. Seattle Mariners: Tyler Locklear, 3B, VCU
59. St. Louis Cardinals: Brycen Mautz, LHP, San Diego
60. Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Kasevich, SS, Oregon
61. New York Yankees: Drew Thorpe, RHP, Cal Poly
62. Chicago White Sox: Peyton Pallette, RHP, Arkansas
63. Milwaukee Brewers: Jake Misiorowski, RHP, Crowder JC (MO)
64. Houston Astros: Jacob Melton, CF, Oregon State
65. Tampa Bay Rays: Brock Jones, CF, Stanford
66. San Francisco Giants: Carson Whisenhunt, LHP, East Carolina
Aggressive steadiness Spherical B
67. Baltimore Orioles: Jud Fabian, OF, Florida
68. Minnesota Twins: Tanner Schobel, SS, Virginia Tech
69. Oakland Athletics: Clark Elliott, OF, Michigan
70. Tampa Bay Rays: Chandler Simpson, SS, Georgia Tech
71. Tampa Bay Rays: Ryan Cermak, SS, Illinois State
72. Milwaukee Brewers: Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas
73. Cincinnati Reds: Justin Boyd, OF, Oregon State
74. Seattle Mariners: Walter Ford, RHP, Tempo HS (FL)
75. New York Mets: Nick Morabito, OF, Gonzaga School Excessive College (DC)
76. Atlanta Braves: Blake Burkhalter, RHP, Auburn
77. Toronto Blue Jays: Tucker Toman, 3B, Hammond HS (SC)
78. Toronto Blue Jays: Cade Doughty, 2B, LSU
79. Boston Crimson Sox: Roman Anthony, RF, Stoneman Douglas HS (FL)
80. Houston Astros: Andrew Taylor, RHP, Central Michigan