By | July 18, 2022

2022 MLB Draft Tracker:

The 2022 MLB Draft continues Monday with Rounds 3-10. The first selection was made just after 2 p.m. ET. The process began Sunday night in Los Angeles, with the Baltimore Orioles securing the No. 1 pick for high school shortstop Jackson Holliday (Matt’s son). 1 pick. The Arizona Diamondbacks took Druw Jones, a high school outfielder (Andruw’s son), with the No. 2 pick. The top five were completed by Termarr Johnson (Pirates), Kumar Rocker (Rangers) and Elijah Green(Nationals).

There were 80 picks made Sunday night, with Rounds 1 & 2, as well as the Compensatory and Competitive Balance rounds. Rounds 3-10 were the next round of draft, followed by Rounds 11-20 on Tuesday. As a cost-cutting measure during the pandemic, the draft was reduced from 40 rounds down to five rounds in 2020. However, it was extended to 20 rounds last year. This will be the norm going forward.

Which team did you pick? Where did this intriguing prospect end up? With our 2022 MLB Draft tracking tool, we keep track of every pick. Below is a complete list of picks, along with analysis for each first-round selection.

Gabriel Hughes RHP, Gonzaga – Hughes is a huge, powerful pitcher who improved his velocity (he can touch the upper-90s), his control, and has a great slider. He could be at risk if his wildness returns (he had previously walked one batter every two innings in his college career), or if his changeup isn’t improved. Although the pitch is decent, he’s far too likely to get underneath the ball than to work through it.

Gavin Cross OF, Virginia Tech:The Hokies hadn’t had a player chosen in the first round since Joe Saunders 2002. Cross is expected to be an above-average right fielder and a hitter. This ends a decades-long drought. Cross showed improvement in all areas. He improved his strikeout and walk rates at the plate while increasing his power output. In the field, he was able to slide to center and did better than expected for someone who will be playing right field professionally. Although his game isn’t very polished, his offensive skills should make him a welcome addition.

. Brooks Lee, SS Cal Poly: Lee may have the most intuitive feel for the game than any draft prospect. Termarr Johnson will take the distinction if Lee does not. He is a coach’s son, a switch-hitter, and should be able to hit from both the right and left sides. He struck out in less than 10% of his plate appearances, while still showing a great sense for the zone and making quality contact. Defensively, he’s not the most athletic individual, and his arm is in the average-to-tick-above range. This combination often makes it difficult for scouts to believe that someone can stay at six. However, Lee’s previous wherewithal and recent optimization of defensive positioning have them open to the possibility that he might at least start his big-league career as a shortstop.

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