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2022 MLB Draft: Order, Time, Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch, Top Players, and Eight Key Questions

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The 2022 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft kicked off Sunday night in Los Angeles. The Baltimore Orioles are number one for the third time in franchise history. The draft will consist of 20 rounds over three days. On Sunday evening, the first and second rounds will take place, as well as two compensatory and two competitive balance rounds. From there, rounds 3-10 will take place on Monday afternoon, with the rest of the class assembled on Tuesday afternoon.

Below you’ll find information on how to watch the MLB Draft as well as answers to eight burning questions about this year’s event.

How to Watch the 2022 MLB First Round Draft

  • Date: Sunday 17 July (Rounds 1 and 2) | Time: 19:00 ET
  • Location: Xbox Plaza; Los Angeles, California
  • TV channel: Major League Baseball Network | Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)

2022 MLB Order Draft

  1. Baltimore Orioles
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks
  3. Texas Rangers
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates
  5. Washington Nationals
  6. Miami Marlins
  7. Chicago Cubs
  8. Minnesota Twins
  9. Kansas City Royals
  10. Rocky Mountains of Colorado
  11. New York Mets (comp pick)
  12. Detroit Tigers
  13. Los Angeles Angels
  14. New York Mets
  15. San Diego Padres
  16. Cleveland Guardians
  17. Philadelphia Phillies
  18. Cincinnati Reds
  19. Oakland Athletics
  20. Atlanta Braves
  21. Seattle Mariners
  22. St. Louis Cardinals
  23. Toronto Blue Jays
  24. Boston Red Sox
  25. New York Yankees
  26. Chicago White Sox
  27. Milwaukee Brewers
  28. Houston Astros
  29. Tampa Bay Rays
  30. San Francisco Giants

And now eight questions about the draft.

1. Who goes No. 1?

The Orioles, and especially top executive Mike Elias, loved the so-called “portfolio approach.” It happens like this. They will determine the group of players they consider to be a reasonable choice and then select the player with the lowest signing bonus requirements. These savings are then redistributed to the rest of the students, maximizing the overall accumulation of talents.

All this suggests that Orioles’ plans are not easy to determine in advance. Some of the other teams that spoke to CBS Sports do expect them to take the high school player position, but it’s unclear which one. In the final tryout draft of our very own Mike Axis, the Orioles came with training second baseman Thermarr Johnson..

Johnson, for what it’s worth, was the No. 1 prospect in his class by CBS Sports in the preseason. He dropped to 4th place in our final ranking. In other words, he would be a legitimate No. 1 pick if the Orioles went down that path.

2. Who are the best players in the class?

It is clear that Johnson is one of the most promising players. Who else fits the bill? In the final CBS Sports top 30 rankings, the top 10 included the following players:

  1. Georgia national team outfielder Drew Jones
  2. Shortstop Cal Poly Brooks Lee
  3. Oklahoma shortstop Jackson Holliday
  4. Georgia linebacker Termarr Johnson
  5. Florida prep outfielder Elijah Green
  6. Florida JuCo third baseman Cam Collier
  7. Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada
  8. Texas shortstop Jett Williams
  9. Texas Tech second baseman Jace Young
  10. Virginia Tech outfielder Gavin Cross

You can check out the rest of the top 30 rankings by clicking here.

3. Are there players with known pedigrees?

You may have seen the names “Jones”, “Holiday” and “Collier” and wondered if these players were related to former major league players – in this case Andrew, Matt and Lou. They really are. What’s more, they’re not the only three whose major league bloodlines work in their favor. Carl Crawford’s son Justin and son of Kansas City Royals chief executive Dayton Moore Robert are also members of this class.

You can click here to learn more about how Jones, Holliday and Crawford compare to their star fathers.

4. Is Kumar Roker in this class?

Rocker, a former Vanderbilt standout and the 10th overall pick in the 2021 draft, is eligible again after failing to sign with the New York Mets last summer. He recently made a series of starts with an independent league team, showing that he can get him again a first-round pick. CBS Sports recently detailed how, over the past year, he went from arguably the most publicized prospect in last summer’s draft to a relative mystery.

5. How will NIL affect signing?

One of the invisible hands of a draft, so to speak, is the concept of signing — or, in essence, how likely a player is to pick up pen and paper. Some players miss draft night because teams don’t feel they can be signed; conversely, some will rise because they are willing to take the value of a “slot” to move into at a certain point in the draft.

The NCAA’s recently introduced name, image, and likeness policy, which allows players to (correctly) make money from their talent, has changed the calculus for teams and players in this regard.

“I think it’s a real thing, I think you can relate it to the number of people using the transfer portal to get additional NIL funding,” one veteran scout recently told CBS Sports. “This doesn’t just apply to kids in college, kids going to college will be asking the same questions.”

You can click here to learn more about how NIL can affect signers.

6. Whose stocks are up and which are down?

CBS Sports recently highlighted a number of players moving up or down the draft lists ahead of Sunday. One of the biggest boners was Oklahoma right-hander Cade Horton. Here is what we wrote at the time:

Horton, a draft-eligible sophomore who missed the 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery, presented himself in the first round with a phenomenal record during the College World Series, culminating in a Finals record 13 strikeouts. His arsenal is all about strength, including a high-spin fastball that can touch the upper 90s and a slider that hit 90 during the aforementioned launch. Horton has a limited track record (he threw just over 50 regular-season innings for the Sooners) and scouts still have doubts about whether he’ll be a starter long-term. However, some team seems destined to take him into the top 30-35 of picks.

So Horton should be off the board sometime on Sunday.

7. Any noticeable injuries while rolling?

Oh my God. tons.

Dylan Lesko, Landon Sims, Connor Prylipp, Peyton Pallett and Reggie Crawford – all top 50 preseason players – all either required surgery or spent a year in rehab. What is the cause of all these injuries? Some scouts blamed the pandemic and the lack of “live pitches” that pitchers were able to accumulate during the 2020 calendar year.

“No one denies that the development of pitching has taken a huge step forward over the past five years,” said a CBS Sports scout. “The problem is, when you can only do that and no one else can throw live, the risk goes up.”

You can click here to learn more about how all injuries have changed the class.

8. Who are the most polarized prospects?

CBS Sports recently highlighted a number of players that we consider “polarized”, meaning that raters differ in where they think that player is going. One of the players we focused on in this piece was Tennessee flamethrower pitcher Ben Joyce. Here’s what we wrote:

Joyce is going to break some models and maybe some layouts. He has a monster fastball and slider, 43 of which have registered at or above 100 mph during the NCAA Tournament. (It hit, ahem, 105 mph during the regular season.) Its heater also has good lift and is delivered from a lower arm slot, which is a popular combination these days. Teams that are trying to quantify the materials—that is, all of them—will have trouble keeping their excitement at bay about what Joyce has on the table. He’s here anyway because there’s never been a consensus on how early to take a reliever, and because teams will have wildly different schedules for when they expect him to enter the Majors. Keep in mind that he’s only thrown 32 innings over the past two seasons due to his role and past Tommy John surgery. A team that thinks he’ll reach the majors soon, perhaps even this year, might be tempted to pick him before anyone else.

When will Joyce leave? We’ll find out soon enough.


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