MLB - US Sports: Top prospects for the 2022 Draft

26 June 2022 21:20:43 GMTPlus10
The Baltimore Orioles have the first pick in the MLB Draft

The Major League Baseball draft takes place between 17th July and the 19th July, 2022 and we look at the best prospects who may be taken as top picks.

The Baltimore Orioles have the first overall pick, having been the worst team in MLB in 2021, while the number one pick last year was with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who selected catcher Henry Davis from Louisville.

Here we select some top prospects that are more than likely going to find themselves on the MLB ladder.

1.Druw Jones, outfielder, Wesleyan High

Druw Jones is the son of Andruw Jones, a former five-time All-Star and one of the most productive centre-fielders the game has ever seen.

Jones could be the number one pick overall, some have predicted him to be the biggest high school Draft pick since Bryce Harper.

He is ranked number one with many Draft predictors including MLB.com draft prospects, with Jones having put up some scary numbers this season with the bat.

It's his defending which stands out at the moment though, but given time, the experts think that the 22-year-old could be a Major League superstar.

2. Jackson Holliday, shortstop, Stillwater High

Jackson Holliday is also the son of a former Major Leaguer in Matt Hollliday. His father was a seven-time All-Star and was a World Series champion in 2011.

Holliday has one of the best swings in the draft and above-average power. The 18-year-old is more likely to be a 15-20 home run player than a 30 plus home run batter, but he should put up good numbers with the bat anyway.

He's improved his level at shortstop defensively, there has been talk of a move to centre-field because of his speed.

The scouts have also been impressed with Jackson’s younger brother Ethan, who may become a top-five pick in the 2025 draft.

3. Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola College

Seventeen-year-old Cam Collier is one of the youngest in the MLB draft this year. He is hitting for average and getting on base this spring with solid power production.

Collier's father, Lou, played in the majors for several years as an outfielder for several teams. Collier has plenty of time to develop at Louisville, but should be a top-five pick.

4. Termarr Johnson, shortstop/2B, Mays High

The scouts predict that Termarr Johnson will move to second base when he reaches the Major Leagues, but for now he will handle shortstop, he has good hands but not the speed for short.

The 18-year-old is predicted to be the best hitter in the draft with scouts saying he has the best hitting tool they have seen on a high-school prospect in a decade or more.

Some scouts are saying that his grade of 70 on the MLB scouting scale could reach 80, he is simply that good a hitter.

Johnson is confident, as he expressed to mlb.com last year: "I want to be a Hall of Famer, I dont just want to get drafted. I don't want to be just that role player, I want to be one of the best players in MLB."

5.Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy

Elijah Green should be a top-three pick in this year's draft. The 18-year old has all the tools, in size, frame with a 6ft 3 build and explosive speed, with a hitting tool towards 70.

The concern on Green is the swing and miss, he doesn't chase fastballs, but misses them in the fastball zone.

He is a risk in the hitting department, but his defensive skills are more than adequate at the moment, all this can be developed over time, but he is highly rated.

6. Brock Porter, RHP, St Mary's Prep High School

Brock Porter has emerged as one of the top high school right-handers in this class. He is one of the top arms coming into the draft in 2022.

The Michigan prep star has been on the radar of many MLB teams for a while now, so this draft should be exciting for the 19-year-old.

Porter will be a few years away from his MLB debut following his drafting, but he's already shown what he can do in a big league park. Porter pitched a no-hitter at Comerica Park during the Michigan Catholic League semi-finals, striking out 16 to boot.

Porter could be the highest-profile pick out of Michigan since an unknown 18-year-old was picked by the New York Yankees called Derek Jeter.

He has committed to Clemson University, but is expected to sign with a big league club.

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