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2022 MLB Draft Winners and Losers: Sons of Major League Players Quit Early; teams stay away from pitchers

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The 2022 MLB Amateur Draft kicked off with the first 80 picks on Sunday night. Another 536 selections are available on Monday and Tuesday. The Orioles selected No. 1 for the third time in history and used it against Oklahoma High School shortstop Jackson Holliday.. Yes, he is the son of longtime major leaguer Matt Holliday. Here are all the first round picks of this year.

Like the baseball season itself, MLB draft evaluation requires marathon thinking, not sprinting. Players drafted this weekend will disappear into the junior classes for a few years before reappearing through growing pains and then finally establishing themselves in the big leagues. This is not an event for instant gratification.

This, of course, will not prevent us from declaring winners and losers. Here are some winners and losers in the 2022 MLB Draft, with a focus on winners because no one likes to call people losers.

Winner: Sons of Major League Players

For the first time in the history of the draft, the sons of former MLB players were selected 1st and 2nd in the draft. In total, four sons of major league players were selected in the first round:

one. SS Jackson Holliday: Orioles (son of Matt)
2. Drew Jones: Diamondbacks (son of Andrew)
17. Justin Crawford: Phyllis (son of Carl)
19. 3B Cam Collier: Reds (son of Lu)

Holliday is the second son of a former major league player who was selected No. 1, joining Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (1st pick in 1987). There is a good company. Teams value major league pedigree and that was never more evident than during Sunday’s first round.

Winner: Kumar Roker

A year ago, Roker, Vanderbilt’s former ace, was drafted 10th overall, but the Mets didn’t sign him because something about his physical condition scared them. Last September, Roker underwent minor shoulder surgery.Moved to the Independent this spring and was drafted third overall by the Rangers this year. Rocker going where he was was a big surprise, he was expected to go somewhere in the back half of the first round, but that’s good for him. Everything worked out after last year’s disappointment. (In addition, Rocker will be reunited with Jack Leiter, his Commodores teammate. Texas took Leiter at No. 2 last summer.)

As the Dodgers topped Tier 3 of the $250 million luxury tax last season, their first-round pick moved 10 spots back, so they had no first-round pick on Sunday. Their first pick was number 40 overall, which they used on Louisville catcher Dalton Rushing. Los Angeles is so good at drafting and developing that Rushing will probably become a star, but it’s never fun when you don’t have a first round choice. This is especially true for fans watching at home (or present in Los Angeles) who have to wait to hear their team call a name.

Winner: Red

Cincinnati got Collier No. 18 despite being projected in the top 10 all spring, and sometimes even in the top 5. Collier is an exciting prospect because he is 17 years old, got his GED and graduated from high school early and also went to junior college so he could enter the draft, which is the equivalent of junior high school students. Collier has a lot of upside potential – he’s received several compliments from Rafael Devers on his bat – and getting him with the number 18 is a huge, huge win for the Reds. My favorite choice of the evening.

Loser: College Students

LSU forward Jacob Berry moved to the Marlins at number six and technically became the first college player to be selected in this year’s draft. I say “technically” because Roker, who spent two or three years at Vanderbilt, was selected from the Independent League. For the first time since 1971, a college player did not finish in the top five. A total of 15 four-year-old students entered the first round, the lowest number since 2018.

Winner: Cade Horton

Two months ago, Horton picking the top 10 would have looked crazy. The Oklahoma ace returned from Tommy John surgery in late March and didn’t find success until June, when he dominated the Sooners’ run to the College World Series Finals. Horton’s impressive postseason performance earned him the seventh pick for the Cubs. This spring, he was the undisputed biggest player in the draft. The guy made a lot of money in the first division.

Winner: Variety

For the first time in draft history, four of the top five players were black. Baseball struggles with diversity both on and off the field, and hopefully this year’s draft will be a sign that that is changing. One of the most effective ways to grow the sport and reach new audiences is to make sure every kid sees someone like them on the field.

Loser: Pitchers

Teams are increasingly risk averse, and it shows on draft day. Clubs are focusing on hitters because they are “safer” than pitchers, who are at such a high risk of injury. In addition, so many draft-class prospects suffered this spring. It was a poor pitching class and resulted in only seven pitchers being drafted in the first round, nine if you include 20th overall pick Owen Murphy and 30th overall pick Reggie Crawford, two two-way players. This is the fewest pitchers played in the first round this century.

Winner: Lovers of Two-Way Players

Two two-sided players advanced to the first round! The Braves selected Illinois high schooler Owen Murphy with the No. 20 pick, while the Giants selected Reggie Crawford of the University of California, Connecticut with the No. 30 pick. Both will start their careers as two-way players. Crawford is recovering from Tommy John surgery and only pitched eight innings in college, but he’s throwing 99 mph from the left wing and he’s also shown some promise with the bat. Everyone agrees that Crawford’s future is in jeopardy because he shoots 99 mph from the left side, but San Francisco is determined to develop him as a two-way player. Fun!


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