2022 MLB Mock Draft

by Staff Writer Ethan Ignatovsky

 

The College World Series is over, and MLB’s All-Star break is fast approaching, which means the MLB Draft, now a part of All-Star weekend, is almost here, with the first round taking place on July 17th. 

I will be attempting to predict one of the hardest things you can predict, what each MLB team will do during the first round of the 2022 draft. 

I used The Athletic, ESPN, MLB.com, and the eye test to make my decisions on where I think these players will go. Seeing as this is my first time doing this, it’ll be fun to see just how horribly wrong I am. And on that note, let’s talk about the draft.

Here are some things to know about the MLB draft if you are not familiar. Firstly, only players who are residents of Canada or the United States or its territories are eligible to be drafted. Of those residents, players who have graduated high school but haven’t attended college are eligible, as well as players who have completed one year of junior college. College players lose draft eligibility until the completion of their junior year, or until their 21st birthday. 

The 2022 first round will feature 30 picks. The New York Mets have two picks (11 and 14), the 11th pick is compensation for failing to sign their 2021 first-round pick RHP Kumar Rocker, who they selected with the 10th overall pick. The Los Angeles Dodgers lose their first-round pick as their 30th overall pick is moved down to 40th overall forgoing $40 million over the luxury tax threshold. This moves the San Francisco Giants’ first-round pick from 31 to 30. 

 

Now for the 30 picks of the first round:

 

1. Baltimore Orioles: Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan School (Peachtree Corners, GA.) 

Some might expect the Orioles to keep with tradition and go underslot here, but there is growing sentiment that Baltimore will choose the player they see as best in the class. Orioles GM Mike Elias said that there are 5 or 6 players in the running to be picked first by them around a month ago. We can only guess who those 5 or 6 were, but really only one man should be in consideration, and that is Druw Jones. Son of 5-time All-Star, and 10-time Gold Glove Winner, Andruw Jones, it’s easy to compare father to son, but Jones looks like he could be even better. One of the most polished high school players in recent time, Jones looks like he could be a 5-tool player in the pros with crazy pop, blazing speed, and great defensive skills at both center field and shortstop. It’s easy to get excited about Jones, but he is still a work in progress, he shows maturity by understanding that, and has been proven to make adjustments when needed. Even if he doesn’t reach his full potential, Jones will be a good everyday ballplayer. If the Orioles really do want to go underslot here then this will be Brooks Lee, but I don’t see how you can pass on Jones.

 

2. Arizona Diamondbacks: Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater High School (Stillwater, OK.)

Of course, the Diamondbacks would love it if Jones fell into their lap, but Jackson Holliday is more than a consolation prize. Another son of a former multi-time MLB All-Star, Matt’s son rose up draft boards during his impressive senior year where he broke the national high school record for hits in a season with 89 hits. Holliday showed an advanced approach and plus tools in all areas of the game, even drawing some comparison to Marcelo Mayer of last year’s draft class from ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel. Holliday looks to stay at shortstop in the pros after some concern that he might have to move positions. 

 

3. Texas Rangers: Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL.)

Do the Rangers go high upside, or play it a little safer. If they play it safer they could have Brooks Lee or Kevin Parada who would hopefully be impact players while Rangers stars like Corey Seager are still in their prime. If they choose higher upside, Termarr Johnson and Cam Collier could hear their names called here, it’s hard to ignore the ridiculously high upside of Elijah Green though. Green has worked out for the rangers so we know the interest is there, and it makes sense. Green, like the two players picked before him, is toolsy, super fast, and powerful, a great glove and arm make him a plus defender whether he ends up in center or right. Green’s bat is the one with the most potential in this draft class, but he doesn’t have the same floor as other guys around him. There is a lot of strikeout in his game and can look overmatched at times. Still, the greatest potential comes off the board early. 

 

Draft Prospect Brooks Lee; PHOTO CREDIT: ConcreteOski via Wikimedia Commons

4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 

There seems to be a mix of who people think the Pirates will take with the 4th overall pick. Lee, Johnson, and Collier’s names have all been brought up, I think that if Lee falls to the Pirates they take the man who looked like he could go 1-1 at some points. The athleticism seen with the first 3 picks doesn’t quite make it down to Lee, which will probably order a move to third base, it doesn’t really matter though because the dude is a beast at the plate. Playing for his dad at Cal Poly, the switch-hitter took the collegiate scene by storm, and then played great ball for team USA and in the Cape Cod summer league, proving himself to be the best college hitter in this draft class. Lee draws a lot of walks, and hardly strikes out, he makes good contact, and if he can take it to the next level and make high-quality contact more often he could be an All-Star type player. 

 

5. Washington Nationals: Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech 

The Nationals have been linked to Parada and he seems to be their guy for the taking here at 5th overall. A wacky setup to his swing hasn’t stopped Parada from being one of the most successful collegiate hitters this past year, breaking the Georgia Tech record for most home runs with 26, and walking almost as much as he struck out. The 2022 Buster Posey Award winner has a good approach and shows the ability to make in-season adjustments which will be helpful at the next level. Behind the dish, Parada isn’t anything crazy special, but a potential middle-of-the-order bat while still being a competent catcher is very special. If Parada can maintain his bat while improving at catcher and while managing a pro pitching staff he can become a top catcher in baseball. At worst, Parada has the athleticism for experimentation at third base, which would allow him to focus more on his bat. If Parada gets taken third, look for Green to be taken here.

 

6. Miami Marlins: Termarr Johnson, SS, Mays High School (Atlanta, GA.)

The Marlins are praying that the Pirates pass on Termarr Johnson, who seems to be the player they want most. Collier seems unlikely, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he is picked here, and RHP Dylan Lesko was probably an option before he needed Tommy John surgery. Should Johnson be taken here, the Miami Marlins are getting an exciting prep prospect, one who almost certainly will be playing second base at the next level, but also one who is being called the best prep hitter in decades. Some scouts are giving Johnson’s bat comparisons to hall of farmers like Wade Boggs and Vladimir Guerrerro Sr. Other evaluators aren’t quite that high on him, saying his hit tool isn’t quite at the level of hype it’s getting, there are some strikeout issues and the hitch in his swing might be a concern for a few teams. The thought that he will have to move to second base, and his swing maybe isn’t quite as advanced as some think, makes him fall to 6th in my mock, but he’s also a name that you shouldn’t be shocked to hear in the top 3. No matter where Johnson is picked though he has the potential to be a big power guy in the show while not selling out for it. 

 

7. Chicago Cubs: Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola College 

Cam Collier was reclassified to the Class of 2022 after getting his GED and leaving high school to attend Chipola College, one of the top junior college baseball programs in the country. Despite being just 17 and facing older competition, Collier held his own due to his fantastic bat-to-ball skills and a good eye at the plate, he hit for some power too but still filling into his frame he is only going to get stronger and more powerful. He struggled a bit against offspeed pitches but proved he can make adjustments, which is especially impressive when you take into account his opponents. Collier should be able to stay at third, but if he needs to move to another corner position his bat will play there. Someone who is always pushing himself, Collier should turn out to be a good MLB player and recent chatter suggests teams higher up might want to pick him, but I have him here at 7 to the Cubs.

 

8. Minnesota Twins: Jacob Berry, 3B, Louisiana State University 

To me, this is the start of the second tier of the draft. I’m not saying these players aren’t good and aren’t skillful, because they are, just maybe not at the same level as the top 7. Berry starts off that second tier for me going 8th to the Twins who seem to be going college bat here. Gavin Cross, Jace Jung, and Zach Neto wouldn’t be out of the question here either. Berry does some things really well, such as hitting the ball from both sides of the plate for contact and power as well as limiting strikeouts. The Twins should be interested and feel good about his potential on base and power combination. Where Berry struggles is defensive, listed as a third baseman but really a player without a position, if Berry can’t handle a corner his value is limited, but the potential is there for a good big leaguer. 

 

9. Kansas City Royals: Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech

Kansas City went heavy last year with prep arms, and with no college pitcher worth taking here I have Kansas going with a bat. Virginia Tech outfielder Gavin Cross is the bat in question, and a good bat he is. An improving approach that draws more walks than strikeouts and has above-average offensive tools, with scouts especially excited about his power potential. There need to be some adjustments to his swing to reach that potential, and his platoon splits might draw a little concern, but Cross profiles to be a good corner outfielder. 

 

10. Colorado Rockies: Brock Porter, RHP,  St. Mary’s Preparatory (Orchard Lake Village, MI.)

Pitchers don’t want to play in Colorado, the altitude and large gaps of the Coors Field outfield make it a pitchers nightmare, and when pitchers won’t come in free agency, you need to build through the draft. Therefore I have the Colorado Rockies selecting the first pitcher in this draft, right-handed prep arm, Brock Porter. Porter has a great arm side run fastball which sits mid to high 90s and tops out at 100 mph, and an above-average changeup. His curveball gets mixed reports but should continue to improve into an above-average breaking ball, and his slider looks promising hitting as high as 87 mph. A 6-4 pitcher with good delivery and tools, he has the potential to be a great big league pitcher, although, if he makes the majors as a Rockie he might not be able to show it in the hostile environment of Coors.

 

11. New York Mets: Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech 

This is the Mets compensation pick for failing to sign Kumar Rocker at 10th overall last year, and this time around the Mets will probably be going with a college bat, but they are also high on prep bats like Justin Crawford and Jett Williams who they would hope to nab at an underslot value. I do have the Mets going college at 11 though with Jace Jung, brother of Rangers prospect Josh Jung. When you first look at Jace in the batter’s box you wonder how he makes his extremely unorthodox stance work (and are also surprised a coach hasn’t made him change it along the road), but he does, he mashes. Jace might not be as well-rounded as brother Josh, but he has more power with still enough hit tool and plate discipline to be very, very intriguing. His defense is limited to second base, but the bat is what you’re drafting. Jung is a little bit of a steal for the Mets at 11 in my opinion. If I were the GM of the Twins I would want Jung at 8, but this seems to be the ceiling for where the industry thinks he will go. If Jung can be an average defensive second baseman and also hit like expected he will be a special player for the Mets.

Draft Prospect Zach Neto; PHOTO CREDIT: Ian D’Andrea via Wikimedia Commons

 

12. Detroit Tigers: Zach Neto, SS, Campbell University 

Another guy with a funny swing, Zach Neto will be Campbell’s first, first-round pick, going 12th in my mock to the Tigers. Despite the aforementioned funny swing, where he kicks his leg up high with a pause, then sort of uppercuts with the bat, he is a very good hitter and doesn’t strike out a lot in part to an advanced two-strike approach where he 

shortens his swing. Neto had lots of success in college and on the Cape, tie that with average athleticism, defense, and a really good arm, and Neto will be a good option here for the Tigers at 12, even if some adjustments need to be made. The Tigers don’t seem to be a team looking too hard at Neto, but I think that’s more because they expect him to be gone at this point, rather than a lack of faith in his abilities.

 

13. Los Angeles Angels: Brandon Barriera, LHP, American Heritage High School (Plantation, FL.) Last year the Angels exclusively took pitchers, 20 rounds, 20 picks, 20 pitchers, and the consensus is that they’ll be picking a pitcher in the first round again this year. If the Angels want to play it a little risky maybe they go for Dylan Lesko, who was on his way to being a top 5 pick before needing Tommy John surgery this year. They’re more likely to play it safer though and go for Brandon Barriera. Barriera made the uncommon and mature choice to shut himself down near the end of his senior season to prepare for the draft and avoid injury in a year where so many occurred in both prep and collegiate pitchers. Barriera has good stuff, a low 90s fastball that tops out at 98, as well as a good slider, and changeup that can turn into a plus pitch down the line. Barriera is an aggressive pitcher who could be a top half of the rotation arm or a dominant reliever.

 

14. New York Mets: Jett Williams, SS, Rockwall-Heath High School (Heath, TX.)

I have prep shortstop Jett Williams going to the Mets at 14. Many might not agree with this but the Mets do have an interest in Williams and he would probably sign for less than some of the other guys they are thinking about. If Williams was just a few inches taller he would be talked about a lot more in this part of the draft. I don’t think the Mets go with Lesko here after the Mets showed they’re not too keen on injured pitchers last year, and while Daniel Susac has been thrown together with the Mets a lot I don’t think they’ll be taking first-round catchers for awhile with Francisco Alverez knocking on the door to the majors. Williams is an underrated prep prospect, some scouts don’t think his bat is too far behind Termarr Johnson, which is saying a lot, and he dazzled on the summer showcase circuit. Williams doesn’t whiff or get overmatched by high velocity, he might have to move off of shortstop, but that’s not for certain. The Athletic’s Keith Law sees comparisons to Alex Bregman. 

 

15. San Diego Padres: Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford High School (Buford, GA.)

The Padres as an organization swing for the fences, they’re not afraid of being a little risky, and Padres GM A.J. Preller hasn’t shied away from taking Pitchers who have needed Tommy John Surgery before, and Dylan Lesko could be the type of calculated risk the Padres would love to make. Lesko is being called one of the best prep pitching prospects of the last few decades, he was a surefire top 10 pick and probably top 5 before needing elbow reconstructive surgery this spring. Before Tommy John, Lesko’s fastball was low to mid 90s, topping out at 97 mph, his changeup is his best pitch though, looking like his fastball out of his hand before tailing right, it’s being called the best changeup from a prep prospect in memory. His curveball is his third pitch but was improving before his season came to an abrupt end. Lesko locates his phenomenal stuff with a repeatable windup that has great extension. Lesko’s draft stock definitely takes a dip because of the surgery, but Tommy John isn’t the career ruiner it used to be, if you look at Major League aces, a surprising number of them have had the surgery too. That doesn’t guarantee success for Lesko, but it makes this pick easier.

Draft Prospect Daniel Susac; PHOTO CREDIT: ConcreteOski via Wikimedia Commons

 

16. Cleveland Guardians: Daniel Susac, C, University of Arizona 

It was really hard for me to figure out where I thought Daniel Susac was going to go. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was picked as high as 11th, or if he fell all the way to the bottom of the first round, he seems to be something of a decisive prospect. I think the Guardians make enough sense, they have a catcher in the farm system in Bo Naylor, who they drafted in the first round in 2018, but Naylor has struggled at times. Naylor is also athletic enough that if the Guardians do take Susac, Naylor could transition to a different position. Susac has power and good contact metrics, but teams will want to tinker with his swing to help him reach breaking balls. Behind the plate, Susac has a strong arm and has shown good receiving at times. The Guardians could certainly make Susac a solid 

 

17. Philadelphia Phillies: Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga University 

Word is that after taking pitchers in the first round the last two years, the Phillies are going to take another, but they’ll probably be moving away from prep arms as they want someone a little more big league ready. It depends how big league ready they want, maybe they select Kumar Rocker and he’s pitching for the big club by September as a multi-inning reliever. If they’re ok with waiting a few years, then Gabriel Hughes from Gonzaga is probably their guy. Hughes has some great stuff, a fastball in the 93-97 range that scouts think might be able to reach 100 one day, a wipeout mid 80s slider, and a changeup that he doesn’t use much but has proved to be a good pitch. Hughes has been working on his command, but it’s still not great and his windup is hard for him to repeat, there’s some risk he could become a reliever, but a high upside starter is in there somewhere. 

 

18. Cincinnati Reds: Robby Snelling, LHP, Robert McQueen High School (Reno, NV.) 

The Reds aren’t a team afraid to go after High School pitching, which makes them a great spot for southpaw Robby Snelling. Snellings curveball is one of the best pitches in the class, it’s in the upper 70s and misses a lot of bats. He pairs that with a fastball that touches 97 but is normally around 92-94. He’ll need to develop his changeup more to continue as a starter but a plus curveball gives him a higher floor than most prep pitchers. He finishes his delivery a little unorthodox but it’s repeatable and works for him. A linebacker and Quarterback for his high school, Snelling could pass on the Reds offer to go play baseball and football at LSU, but this should be high enough to get him to sign.  

 

19. Oakland Athletics: Drew Gilbert, OF, University of Tennessee 

This might be one of my favorite picks in the draft, Drew Gilbert was the best player on one of the best collegiate teams in recent memory. A pitcher turned outfielder, you probably know Gilbert even if you don’t follow college baseball or prospects from the viral video where he hit a walk-off grand slam against Wright State in the NCAA Regionals, and he chucked his bat up in the air in celebration. Gilbert is the type of fiery player who you either love or hate and he embraces that, what can’t be denied though is his skill. Gilbert does almost everything at least a little above average, he has a high contact rate and draws plenty of walks despite an aggressive approach, he has good speed and plays well in center field. With the A’s track record of developmental successes, it wouldn’t surprise me if Gilbert became a star with a better approach and tweaked swing to bring out more natural power. At the moment Gilbert comps well to a Brett Gardener type of player, and he could be one of the first position players in this class to make his debut. He might be a little ahead of the A’s timeline but it should be fine, however, I wouldn’t be surprised to see prep outfielder Justin Crawford picked here either. This seems to be around the area he’s expected to go, if I was a GM though, I would take him even higher. 

 

20. Atlanta Braves: Conner Prielipp, LHP, University of Alabama 

The Braves are most expected by many to take a college arm here, most likely Conner Prielipp or Cooper Hjerpe, but I’m giving the edge to Prielipp here. Prielipp was in the running to be a top pick this year before injuring his elbow in May 2021 leading to an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) srugery. Prielipp started throwing again before the SEC tournament this year though he didn’t make any starts. He’s been building back up since returning and his skills continues to get closer to where he was prior to the injury. His fastball is low to mid 90s, and his insane slider has come back in flashes, and if his changeup can be improved upon he can still become an ace. The Braves would probably view this as a steal, but the concerns are there. 

 

21. Seattle Mariners: Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny High School (Wexford, PA.)

There are a lot of ways the Mariners could go with this pick, college arm, college bat, prep bat, and nothing would really be surprising, it’s a hard pick but they seem to be leaning toward a hitter, and I think they’ll go with a safer prep bat in Cole Young. Young is a high school shortstop who could stay there with a little bit of work, he reworked his swing some this spring to address some complaints from scouts which has resulted in a better quality of contact to go along with his bat-to-ball skills. Nothing really jumps out at you but Young is a good prep player who doesn’t get overmatched and offers contact, gap power, good enough defense, and a feel for that game that can’t really be taught. 

 

22. St. Louis Cardinals: Justin Crawford, OF, Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, NV) 

The Cardinals have played it safe and gone for it all in the first round the past few years, it’s hard to determine who they’ll pick, but they always seem to go for plus physical tools, which when you look at the remaining prospects, lines up pretty well with Justin Crawford. I do have Crawford lower than most, but players fall in the draft sometimes. Crawford is 6-foot-3, 175ibs, and insanely fast, which is a big part of his game. Crawford doesn’t hit for power yet and relies on his speed to get him extra bases. He has trouble adjusting to changing speeds but is still able to slap the ball around on a consistent basis. Justin draws a lot of comparisons to his dad Carl, who was a 4 time MLB All-Star, and is already seen as a better defender than him. It might take a while for Crawford to reach the majors, but he is a high upside, exciting player at pick 22. 

 

23. Toronto Blue Jays: Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison University

The Blue Jays are most likely going to go with a college bat, but they have also been tied to prep slugger Tucker Toman, so they could go with him for an underslot pick. I feel that this is still a little early for Toman, and they will go the college route. I have them selecting Chase DeLauter who looks to be the first, first-round selection out of JMU. DeLauter has had a bit of a weird collegiate career, he’s beaten up his mid-major conference all three years, and destroyed the Cape Cod League the summer before his junior year. His junior year was cut short by a broken foot, and when he did play it was a mixed bag, he looked overmatched against Florida state, then returned to beating up the weaker competition. He has lots of raw power, a solid approach, and he’ll be a fine corner outfielder in the pros defensively. On the flip side, the bat speed is somewhat of a concern and teams will want to revamp his swing so he can get to velocity better. I see DeLauter as a sort of a high-risk high-reward type of player. 

 

24. Boston Red Sox: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Tri-City ValleyCats

Speaking of high-risk high-reward, I have the Red Sox selecting Kumar Rocker. After Rocker and the Mets couldn’t agree on a contract after injury concerns last year, Rocker had a minor shoulder surgery and decided to play for the independent Tri-City ValleyCats instead of returning to Vanderbilt for his senior season. Rocker played well for the ValleyCats, and has garnered public praise from the Red Sox who considered taking him with their first-round pick last year. He was probably the hardest player to mock before the Red Sox have come out and praised him, and it really seems like they will take him at 24. Rocker’s fastball was 95-98 in indy ball, his slider looked very, very good, and his curve isn’t too far behind, he showed his changeup as well but it’s not at the same level as his other pitches. Rocker has plenty of upside, but due to his shoulder injury past, most teams will be steering clear of him in the first round. 

 

25. New York Yankees: Jordan Beck, OF, University of Tennessee

One pick after the Red Sox is their rival Yankees. The Yankees could be going with almost anyone but I think they’re going with a high-upside collegiate outfielder in Jordan Beck. Beck has been receiving comparisons to Hunter Renfroe for the similarities in their collegiate career and in play style. He has a good swing that drives the ball to all fields, but still has some power potential he hasn’t tapped into yet. That upside is big but he has pitch recognition issues and his approach just isn’t good, striking out almost twice as much as he walked. Beck has played right field for the Vols due to Drew Gilbert playing center, but that doesn’t necessarily rule out Beck playing there. Beck is one of many that could be taken here by the Yankees, if DeLauter falls maybe they go with him, or they could go in the direction of Cooper Hjerpe, Dylan Beavers, Spencer Jones, Brock Jones, or Sterlin Thompson. 

 

26. Chicago White Sox: Cooper Hjerpe, LHP, Oregon State

It seems to be pitching going to the White Sox, and it’s probably going to Hjerpe, Cade Horton, or Tucker Toman. I think it’ll be Hjerpe here, not only does it make sense from a fit standpoint, but just look at his windup! There’s a lot of Chris Sale in that windup and arm slot. Now, of course, the White Sox won’t take Hjerpe just because he looks similar to a former Sox ace, but it is something cool to note. Hjerpe led Division I pitchers in strikeouts with 161 this past season with the help of his funky delivery. Hjerpe’s fastball isn’t too fast, sitting high 80s to low 90s. His offspeed pitches have the potential to be very good, and to some, they’re already at a plus level. Hjerpe is probably a middle-of-the-rotation type of pitcher that might end up being a reliever instead.

 

27. Milwaukee Brewers: Dylan Beavers, OF, University of California, Berkeley

There’s a mix on what the Brewers will do and I have them taking Dylan Beavers, who I think could be taken anywhere from 20-30. Beavers has an unusual swing path, it worked for him in college, but could lead to problems as he progresses through the minors if it’s not fixed. His swing decisions are good and he’s a good defender in center, though a move to right might be in the cards. Beavers is streaky, and when he was good he was really good, teams will be trying to get that Beavers at all times.

 

28. Houston Astros: Sterlin Thompson, 2B/OF, University of Florida

I went back and forth with this pick, between pitchers like Cade Horton and Blade Tidwell, and bats like Brock Jones, Spencer Jones, and of course, Sterlin Thompson, who I’ve decided I think ends up here. Thompson can play either corner outfield spot or second base, so it should be interesting, no matter which team ends up picking him, to see what position they call him. He’s got a nice swing and could start to hit for more power, but he’s a hit over power guy for now, he does well against fastballs, but offspeed stuff seems to be something of an issue for him. If it works out for Thompson he could be a big league regular for years to come. 

 

29. Tampa Bay Rays: Tucker Toman, 3B, Hammond School (Columbia, SC.)

The Rays are another team that could go virtually any direction, I have them picking high upside prep bat Tucker Toman. Toman could go higher, he could go much lower, but something tells me the Rays are his home. Toman is a switch hitter who has the potential to hit for both power and average. So far Toman’s swing looks better from the left side, but the results show that he’s better hitting righty. Sometimes Toman can get too aggressive, and he can struggle at times against breaking balls, but there are a lot of upsides here. In the field, Toman could stay at third, but he could also move to second or an outfield corner. No matter where he ends up in the field his bat will probably play, and in 10 years we might wonder how Toman fell so far.

 

30. San Francisco Giants: Brock Jones, OF, Stanford University 

Last but not least for the first round is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are more likely to go the college route with this pick, maybe they go with an arm like Cade Horton or Blade Tidwell, but a bat seems more plausible. Drew Gilbert has been connected with the Giants a lot before, but it would be extremely surprising if he was still around. Instead of Gilbert, I have the Giants going with local lefty outfielder Brock Jones. Jones was probably a top 10 pick heading into the year, but a horrific start to the season saw his stock plummet, he turned it around eventually, but the damage had been done. Jones is still a very promising prospect though, he’s fast and powerful with 20/20 potential to go along with good defense in center field. A lagging hit tool, high strikeout/chase rate, and an inability to hit offspeed pitches certainly draw concern, but the potential is clear, and if the Giants can guide him to become the player we thought he could be prior to this season this might be an end of the first round steal. 

 

And with that, the first round of the MLB draft is over. 

 

FEATURED IMAGE AT THE TOP OF THE POST: The Hats of Every MLB Team; PHOTO CREDIT: Landry Heaton via Flickr

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