MLB All-Star Game 2022: sights, sounds of the MLB Draft
The three days of 2022 MLB The project is officially underway.
For the first time in MLB history, sons of former major leaguers were selected with the top two picks, as the Baltimore Orioles selected Jackson Holliday (No. 1) and the Arizona Diamondbacks took Druw Jones (No. 2).
Nearly 600 players will be selected in total, with the top 80 picks taking place on Sunday, followed by rounds 3-10 on Monday and ending with rounds 11-20 on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Dodgers are the only team without a first-round selection; they hold the first pick of the second round at No. 40 overall.
This year’s draft comes after baseball’s youngest stars came forward on Saturday MLB All-Star Futures game.
Here are the highlights of the 2022 MLB Draft:
1. Baltimore Orioles: Jackson Holliday, SS, HS SR, 6-foot-1, 175 pounds
The Orioles selected Oklahoma-based Stillwater High School shortstop Jackson Holliday. son of seven-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger Award winner Matt Hollidaywith the first pick in this year’s draft.
The 18-year-old broke the national high school record for single-season hits with 89 in 41 games while batting .685/.749/1.392. He stole 30 bases, hit 17 homers and recorded 79 RBIs.
Holliday joins the Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame as the only son of former major leaguers selected No. 1 overall.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks: Druw Jones, OF, HS SR, 6-foot-4, 180 pounds
The Diamondbacks drafted Georgia high school outfielder Druw Jones, son of 10-time Golden Glove winner Andruw Jones, with the No. 2 overall pick.
The Wesleyan High School senior, who was No. 1 on MLB’s Top 250 draft prospects list before Sunday, was expected to play college baseball at Vanderbilt before being selected in this year’s draft.
3. Texas Rangers: Kumar Rocker, P, 4-year-old JR, 6-foot-5, 245 pounds
With the third overall pick, the Rangers selected right-handed pitcher Kumar Rocker, No. 38 on MLB’s Top 250 Draft Prospects list. The 22-year-old lands in Texas after being unsigned by the New York Mets as the 10th pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.
He underwent shoulder surgery on his throwing arm in September 2021 before making five starts this summer for Tri-City (New York) of the Independent Frontier League instead of returning to Vanderbilt. Rocker will join former college teammate Jack Leiter in the Rangers organization.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Termarr Johnson, 2B, HS SR, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds
It’s Termarr time in Pittsburgh! The Pirates picked up the prep infielder from Georgia and the former rookie from Arizona State with the fourth overall pick.
“I think the Pittsburgh Pirates got the best player in the draft,” Johnson said afterwards.
5. Washington nationals: Elijah Green, OF, HS SR, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds
The Nationals selected IMG Academy’s Elijah Green, an 18-year-old elite level runner and the son of former NFL Pro Bowler Eric Green, with the fifth overall pick.
6. Miami Marlins: Jacob Berry, 3B, 4YR SW, 6-foot-0, 212 pounds
The Marlins selected LSU third baseman and outfielder Jacob Berry 6th overall. Berry played his freshman season at Arizona, where he earned national recognition as the 2021 Freshman of the Year while batting .352/.439/.676 with 54 runs scored, 19 doubles, five triples, 17 homers and 70 points produced.
The 21-year-old hitter spent most of his LSU season as a designated hitter and played just nine of his 63 games at third base, which was his primary position with the Tigers.
seven. Chicago Cubs: Cade Horton, P, 4 SW, 6-foot-1, 211 pounds
The Cubs selected Oklahoma right-handed pitcher Cade Horton, who ranked No. 24 on MLB’s Top 250 draft prospects list, with the seventh overall pick. Horton showed up for the Sooners at this year’s College World Series.
8. Minnesota twins: Brooks Lee, SS, 4-year-old JR, 6-foot-2, 205 pounds
The Twins selected shortstop Cal Poly Brooks Lee with the eighth overall pick in this year’s draft. After missing most of the shortened 2020 season after knee and hamstring surgery, Lee returned in 2021 to earn co-Big West Player of the Year honors hitting .342/384/.626.
9. Kansas City Royals: Gavin Cross, OF, 4-year-old JR, 6-foot-3, 210 pounds
The Royals selected Virginia Tech outfielder Gavin Cross with the No. 9 pick. Cross led a stacked 2021 U.S. Collegiate National Team roster in batting average (.467) and tied for the team lead with four homers, 12 RBIs and three stolen bases.
He was instrumental in leading the Hokies to their first appearance in the NCAA Super Regional. This season, Cross hit .328/.411/.660 with 17 home runs and 50 RBIs. Plus, he was perfect (12 for 12) on stolen base attempts.
The son of Royals president Dayton Moore, Robert, is also a member of this draft class.
ten. Colorado Rockies: Gabriel Hughes, P, 4 years old JR, 6 feet 4 inches, 220 pounds
The Rockies picked Gonzaga right-hander Gabriel Hughes to round out the top 10 picks. He is the highest drafted player in Gonzaga history and the first pitcher drafted in the first round by Colorado since 2018 (Ryan Rolison).
The 20-year-old Anchorage, Alaska native is coming off his third season with the Bulldogs, posting an 8-3 record with a 3.21 ERA while tallying 138 strikeouts in 98 innings.
A family matter
The Philadelphia Phillies picked up Bishop Gorman High School outfielder Justin Crawford at No. 17. He is the son of four-time MLB All-Star, Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award winner Carl Crawford.
At No. 18, the Cincinnati Reds selected Cam Collier, whose father, Lou Collier, played seven years in the major leagues. He registers as the youngest player selected in the first round at just under 17 years and 8 months.
Of the 32 first-round picks, 14 players (43.75%) came straight out of high school or prep school, and 18 (56.25%) were drafted in college. Of those 18 college draft picks, five were from SEC schools, followed by the ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Sun Belt with two picks each.
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