2022 MLB Draft Roundup

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Below is the last chunk of notes I’ll publish on players taken in the 2022 draft, as it’s time to gear up for the trade deadline while also laying foundation for the 2023 class, the evaluation of which is already underway throughout the industry, with the Cape Cod League, Team USA activity, MLB’s PDP program and other summer showcase ball all having begun. Each of the top 125 picks from the 2022 class has a record with a scouting report over on The Board. Below, I have at least a quick one-sentence scouting blurb on the players selected between picks 125 and 250 overall; for the sake of brevity, players who were on The Board prior to the draft and were picked after 125 are only on The Board rather than appearing here. I also included some players picked beyond 250 overall who I like in the below analysis. The number in parentheses indicates the round in which a player was drafted.

I’ve moved the draft class over to the pro side of The Board so you can see where each org’s new players fall within the system; I have also made some low-hanging fruit changes to the pro lists, including the Top 100. I’ll have more details on the pro changes early next week, but for now you can look at who has a “trend” arrow to see where I’ve made tweaks. Also remember that the Farm System rankings update live, and that this draft class is now factoring into those. There are some players taken late on Day Three (Brady Neal, Andrew Walters, etc.) who I don’t think will sign. Who I anticipate will sign is at my discretion (I’m basically assuming everyone through round 11 will); if I’m wrong on deadline day, I’ll remove or add the player(s) who end up surprising us. Now on to my notes.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Sixth round lefty reliever Will Mabrey had video game numbers in relief at Tennessee, with 51 strikeouts and five walks in 41 innings, all while sitting 90-91 mph. His slider is pretty hard (averaging 83-84) for a guy who only throws 90, but hitters mostly seem to struggle to pick up the ball out of his hand. Demetrio Crisantes (7) is a Tucson-area high schooler who was still 17 on draft day and has precocious bat-to-ball skills. His arm strength might move him to second base. Puerto Rican high school shortstop Adrian Rodriguez has a great baseball frame, good-looking defensive actions, and a lovely swing that features 40 bat speed right now.

Atlanta Braves
Ignacio Alvarez (5) is a very strong California junior college third baseman with above-average bat speed. He’s a bit stiff as a defender. Adam Maier (7) entered the season as a prospect with top-three-rounds potential, but got hurt early during the college season and basically missed the whole year. Jason Franks (8) from Cal Poly was a 90% fastball guy in college and gets a ton of in-zone whiffs despite sitting just 91-94 mph. It’s safe to assume there is some amount of trait-driven success happening here; he and Atlanta will need to find a second pitch. Keshawn Ogans (20) is a little shortstop from Cal who can really pick it and sprays oppo gap contact to right.

Baltimore Orioles
Sixth rounder Douglas Hodo III (6) has a sonically pleasing moniker and enjoyed a power uptick as a junior while still striking out a lot. Seventh round righty Preston Johnson out of Mississippi State sits in the low-90s with utility at the top of the zone and to his arm side. His slider and changeup both show above average, while his delivery is pretty crunchy and points to relief. Michigan righty Cameron Weston (8) sits in the low-90s with sink and tail and has a plus changeup that plays nicely off his heater. Ninth round shortstop Adam Crampton from Stanford can really pick it.

Boston Red Sox
Caleb Bolden (7) is a senior transfer (Arkansas to TCU) with a three-quarters fastball/slider combo. Jonathan Brand (8) from Miami U of Ohio is just 5-foot-9 and has a drop-and-drive delivery that helps create extremely flat angle on his upper-80s fastball. North Carolina high school catcher Brooks Brannon’s (9) swing isn’t sexy but he moves the barrel around. He has strong breaking ball recognition and strength-driven power, and must prove he can actually catch.

Chicago Cubs
Oregon State righty Will Frisch (6) is a little stiff, but he has an ultra-short arm stroke, his mid-90s heater has some rise/run action and some of his changeups are ridiculous. Grand Canyon righty Nick Hull (7), a fifth-year senior, has 30 velocity but commands an average changeup and slider. My summer showcase look at Mason McGwire (8) (Mark’s son) was not great, as he couldn’t throw strikes at 90-92 mph and his delivery is very stiff. He struggled to get into counts where he could throw a secondary pitch and I have nothing else about him in my notes.

Chicago White Sox
Ball State lefty Tyler Schweitzer (5) sits 88-90 mph, his arm action is gorgeous and his slider has two-plane length. He’s a lefty-douser type. Tennessee righty Mark McLaughlin (7) has an overhand, trebuchet-style delivery that creates weird angle and has resulted in lots of in-zone whiffs even though he throws 91 mph. Mario Camilletti (8) is a 23-year-old lefty-hitting outfielder who had a five-year college career split between Oakland and Central Michigan, where he hit for tons of contact and very little power.

Cincinnati Reds
Georgia Tech righty Zach Maxwell (6) is built like an NFL guard at 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds. He brings an inelegant mid-to-upper-90s fastball to the party in a relief-only look.

Cleveland Guardians
Guy Lipscomb Jr. (5) is a medium-framed, lefty-hitting outfielder from Belmont who has incredible bat-to-ball feel and 30 bat speed right now. College World Series hero Dylan DeLucia (6) sits 90-92 mph with rise/run and has a tight low-80s slider. Lefty Jackson Humphries (8) from Fuquay-Varina HS in North Carolina can show you 95 mph, but mostly sits 92-93. His breaking ball has some depth and his delivery looked a little more fluid at the Combine. Austin Peterson (9), a 6-foot-6 UConn righty, has a promising slider and may have a shot to throw harder than his current 87-90. USC second baseman Tyresse Turner (13) is a little gamer/grinder type who runs well.

Colorado Rockies
Connor Staine (5) came out of the gates hot at UCF but his velocity fell during the season. At peak, he was up to 97 mph with a vertical fastball/curveball combo and below-average command. He was in the low-90s at the Combine. Stanford catcher Kody Huff (7) has an above-average arm, average power, and plus baseball feel and instincts. UNC eighth rounder Davis Palermo’s arm action is shorter than an episode of the Eric Andre Show, and he sits 93-94 and has been up to 98 without a lot of touch and feel, causing varied movement and location. Tenth round East Carolina righty Zach Agnos played shortstop in college and will be an interesting dev project as a pitcher, where he’s been up to 95 and has some changeup feel.

Detroit Tigers
Switch-hitting North Carolina shortstop Danny Serretti (6) has 30 range but plays an acrobatic brand of defense and is great around the bag. While neither of his swings is especially dynamic, he tracks pitches well from both sides and has enough going on offensively to be a fair shift-era middle infield prospect; the timing of his entry into pro-ball is unfortunate. Seth Stephenson (7) is a little plus-plus runner with just one year of Division-I experience after transferring to Tennessee from a junior college. Valparaiso lefty Jake Miller (8) has a gorgeous delivery and each of his pitches can miss a bat when located, though his repertoire is below-average on raw stuff. He was barely 21 on draft day and is a nice small school athletic dev project for the Tigers. Dominic Johnson (13) from Kansas State (OK St. transfer) is a rocked up speedster up-the-middle type with some strikeout risk.

Houston Astros
Davidson’s Nolan DeVos (5) has a swing-and-miss fastball even at 88-92 mph. He’s short-levered and has a short, vertical arm stroke. Kentucky righty Tyler Guilfoil (8) is a sizable 6-foot-4 but he has a weird, short, low arm stroke that makes his fastball quite deceptive.

Kansas City Royals
Hunter Patteson (5) is a well-built three-quarters lefty from Central Florida with a good two-planed slider. He sits 88-92 mph. Wesley Scott (8) went from Arizona to San Jacinto to Walters State and is now a low-slot relief prospect for the Royals, sitting 91-94 with a heavy dose of sliders.

Los Angeles Angels
Sonny DiChiara (5) is a 263-pound 1B/DH who transferred from Samford to Auburn for his fourth year of college ball and slugged over .700 against SEC pitching. Obviously, his is a tough profile. Roman Phansalkar (7) is a low-slot righty from Oklahoma State who sits 92-95 mph with tail. The Angels announced eighth rounder Dylan Phillips as a two-way player. He sits 88-90 from a true three-quarters slot on the mound, working with fringe east/west stuff. He’s a better hitter (he plays 1B/RF with ambush pull power).

Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona State shortstop Sean McLain (5) is a 70 runner who came to school billed as a bat-first guy, but he ended up chasing a ton and is more of a 40 hit/40 power 2B/CF prospect. Logan Wagner (6) is a physical switch-hitting shortstop who was announced as such, but is probably a 3B/1B in the long run. Louisiana Tech fifth-year senior Taylor Young (8) is a short-levered, contact-oriented middle-infielder. Chris Newell (13) is a huge power/speed prospect from Virginia who struggles to make contact.

Miami Marlins
Louisville senior righty Jared Poland (6) was reaching back for 94-95 mph at Super Regionals but sat 92 for most of the year. His firm, mid-80s changeup has a lot of tailing action. Louisiana Tech righty Kyle Crigger (7) has a sinker that peaked in the mid-90s in May before coming back down into the low-90s late in the year. His slider and changeup command are both above-average. Eighth round lefty Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) has a funky, fairly long arm action, but his low-90s fastball has some carry and his slider has depth. Arkansas lefty Evan Taylor (9) often did multi-inning yeoman’s work out of the Razorback bullpen; he was up to 97 in the middle of the year, but averaged 90 late when he was ridden hard during the postseason.

Milwaukee Brewers
Central Arizona righty Tyler Woessner (6) has in imposing on-mound presence at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. He sits 92-94 mph with tail and an average slider. Compact UIC Flames lefty Nate Peterson (8) was generating early-season buzz as a hard-throwing small school lefty, but things dipped late in the year. He’s still an interesting fastball angle/slider prospect.

Minnesota Twins
Ben Ross (5) is an angular small-school shortstop with a grooved but pretty looking swing from Notre Dame College in Ohio. Jorel Ortega (6) is a power-over-hit second baseman from Tennessee who tends to chase or get tied up inside. He barely played before 2022. Toledo righty Kyle Jones (7) has a curveball that is tough to identify out of hand. Western Carolina (they’re the Catamounts, I had to look that one up) senior Zebby Matthews (8) has fantastic slider command. Its movement can sometimes be short and cuttery; his fastball sits 89-91 mph, but has peaked at 96. ASU catcher Nate Baez (11) has a great build and some feel to hit, but he needs a lot of help behind the dish. He also has experience at other positions.

New York Mets
I liked D’Andre Smith (5) coming out of high school and thought he’d rake his way into the top three rounds at USC, but he’s more of a 50 hit/40 power second base type. Dylan Tebrake (8) out of Creighton is a low-90s relief prospect with plus mechanical funk and a nasty slider.

New York Yankees
Lanky LSU righty Eric Reyzelman (5) throws hard (sitting 95 mph, up to 99) but needs to find some kind of secondary pitch. He threw about 90% fastballs in college. Texas Tech righty Chase Hampton (6) sits 92-95 but has touched higher. There might be more in there with a shorter arm action. Northeastern righty Cam Schlittler (7) has a sneaky fastball/slider combo and gets a ton of in-zone whiffs with his heater even though he peaks around 94 and sits 90-91. Stanford second baseman Brett Barrera (8) has plus bat speed and sells out for power often. He’s a heavier-bodied, shift-enabled second base type on defense.

Oakland Athletics
There were times when Jack Perkins (5) was nails at Louisville, sitting 95-99 mph with a good breaking ball. At other times (and more recently, including at the Combine), his velo was down and he had scattered control. Brennan Milone (6) was a high-profile high schooler whose 2021 season at South Carolina didn’t go well. He transferred to Oregon and bounced back, and once again is a fair, hit-tool-oriented third base prospect. Puerto Rican high schooler Yeniel Laboy (7) is a physical lefty hitter who can hopefully stay at third. Micah Dallas (8) transferred from Texas Tech to A&M and got hit around as a senior, but his slider gives him a shot to be a reliever. Lanky 6-foot-7 righty Jacob Pfennigs (13) sits 92-93 mph and has an average slider, which has been true since his sophomore year of high school.

Philadelphia Phillies
Orion Kerkering (5) out of South Florida has a plus slider and sits about 93 mph with ineffectual shape and angle. He’s got a relief shot. High school lefty Mavis Graves (6) continues the recent Phillies’ trend of drafting mid-six-figure high schoolers. His velocity has climbed from the mid-80s into the low-90s over the last 18 months, and at 6-foot-6, more might be coming. San Diego catcher Caleb Ricketts (7) is a physical senior with low-ball power from the left side. Lanky Notre Dame righty Alex Rao (8) can loose his mid-90s fastball to his arm side, but his power sinking changeup is nasty enough to miss pro bats. He’s got a relief shot.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Tres Gonzalez (5) is a contact-oriented outfielder with above-average feel for the zone and fringe power. Ole Miss righty Derek Diamond (6) was a high-profile high school pitcher with your standard low-90s/slider combo and stayed that way all through college. BYU lefty relief prospect Cy Nielson (8) was throwing harder during 2021 fall work (up to 97 mph) than he was this year (more 90-94), though his slider is still nasty.

San Diego Padres
Central Michigan right fielder Jakob Marsee (6) is short on tools and explosion, but he has great feel for the strike zone. I loved Nick Vogt (7) in high school, but he struggled badly until his junior year at UCSB. He still has an interesting frame/speed blend but only makes contact in a limited portion of the zone. Oklahoma State senior first baseman Griffin Doersching (8) is the love child of Brian Bosworth and a Bass Pro Shops hat, a grad transfer from Northern Kentucky with plus power. Andrew Vail (20) is a Division-III transfer who never pitched at Rowan, but who has been into the upper-90s while rehabbing back from TJ.

San Francisco Giants
Liam Simon (5), drafted out of Notre Dame, has plus arm strength, sits 95 mph, and has glove-side slider command. His fastball angle needs help. Eastern Illinois righty Hayden Birdsong (6) has a carrying low-90s fastball and a breaking ball that has lovely shape but often lacked power until he showed up and dominated the Northwoods League. Seventh round catcher Zach Morgan, out of Fresno State, has above-average bat-to-ball feel and is a good receiver, but his arm might force him to move out from behind the plate. Oklahoma State outfielder Wade Meckler (8) is a switch-hitter who runs well.

Seattle Mariners
Fifth round senior sign Reid VanScoter out of Coastal Carolina is a soft-tossing, low-slot lefty with two loopy breaking balls. Penn transfer Josh Hood (6) hit for pull-side power at North Carolina State while striking out at an average clip. He’s probably a third base fit in pro ball. UNC Greensboro 2B/1B Hogan Windish’s (7) plate discipline improved in his senior year and he had an uptick in power production. He’s also seen time in left field. Tatem Levins (8) transferred from LaSalle to Pitt and continued to have great bat-to-ball success and an uptick in power. His receiving is okay but his ground game needs a lot of work. He’s a fine bat-to-ball sleeper catching prospect.

St. Louis Cardinals
West Virginia’s Victor Scott (5) is a well-rounded outfielder with several 40-to-50-grade tools. His swing has natural loft, though he struggles to cover the outer third. UCLA righty Max Rajcic (6) was a high-profile high schooler who didn’t end up throwing harder after he arrived on campus (91 mph), but he has a plus changeup and commands his slider. Alex Iadisernia (7) from Elon has a sweet lefty swing and doesn’t chase; he has 30-grade power. UT-Arlington’s Cade Winquest (8) is a studly power-armed righty who sits 94 mph and is up to 97, flashes a good curveball and bullied small school hitters in with imprecise command. I dig 11th round outfielder Nathan Church from Irvine, who could be a corner platoon guy if he develops a plus hit tool. Former Arizona JUCO righty D.J. Carpenter (14) went to Oregon State and kept throwing hard, often 93-96 mph with inconsistent command. He’s 6-foot-7, so maybe the body control arrives later.

Tampa Bay Rays
Arkansas shortstop Jalen Battles (5) is an athletic defender with average pop who tends to chase sliders. Sean Harney (8) is a whippy-armed righty from Kentucky with a nasty slider.

Texas Rangers
Fifth rounder Chandler Pollard is a projectable high school outfielder from Georgia with middling bat control. I have similar hit-tool questions about Iowa HS outfielder Tommy Specht (6), who I believe is vulnerable on the outer third because of his swing’s length. But he performed from a bat-to-ball perspective on the showcase circuit and perhaps I’m underrating his hit tool. He has impressive physicality, power, and speed. Long Beach State righty Luis Ramirez (7) is a little pitchability righty with a good changeup whose arm strength waxed and waned with injury in 2022. Youngstown State righty Matt Brosky (8) has a shapely two-planed curveball in the upper-70s; his fastball sits about 90 mph.

Toronto Blue Jays
Liberty’s Mason Fluharty (5) is a lower-slot lefty who delivers from the extreme first base side of the rubber; his fastball has weird cut/sink movement, but also shallow angle. T.J. Brock (6) was up to 97 at Ohio State in limited action, often with lots of rest. He’s an open strider with a vertical arm slot and when he locates his slider, it’s tough for hitters to lay off, but his heater doesn’t play like a mid-90s pitch yet. Peyton Williams (7) is a measurable power darling from Iowa. Dylan Rock (8) transferred from UT-San Antonio to Texas A&M and had a senior year filled with three true outcomes: 19 homers, 52 walks, and 49 strikeouts in 297 PA.

Washington Nationals
Nathaniel Ochoa Leyva (6) is a projectable (6-foot-4) Canadian high school shortstop with below-average bat speed. He has an Arkansas commitment, and that infield is suddenly empty. Riley Cornelio (7) is a righty with a violent delivery from TCU who gets into the mid-90s and has an above-average slider. Georgia Tech righty Chance Huff (8) has arm strength (up to 97 mph) but was very hittable in 2022. C/DH Maxwell Romero Jr. (9), a transfer from Vanderbilt to Miami, has rare lefty power for a guy who might catch.

Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at ESPN.com. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.

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1 year ago

Camilletti’s walk rate at CMU was bonkers. Good luck getting him to chase something outta the zone

1 year ago
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Is he the Roman God of walks?

1 year ago