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Full coverage of Day 3 of the 2022 MLB Draft

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The 2022 MLB Draft concludes today with Day 3, covering the last 300 picks in the 11-20 rounds with no delay between picks, all heard live on MLB.com.

Stay tuned here all day as we cover the notable events of Day 3.

9th pick (325th overall): Royals, David Sandlin, RHP, Oklahoma (206th pick by MLB Pipeline): Kansas City gets the pitcher with some success in the NCAA postseason after Sandlin scored 10 points in the Big 12 tournament, defeating Kansas State, beating Florida in regionals, and hitting 12 points against Texas A&M in the College World Series. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has an average speed of 91-93 mph but stands out for his above-average slider and crooked ball.

12th (328th): Angels, Caden Dana, RHP, Don Bosco Prep (NJ) HS (#119): The Halos may have some work to do to stop Dana from fulfilling her obligations to Kentucky. The Garden State native has already hit 95 mph with his fastball and shows off a promising mid-70s twist ball. There’s some projection in his 6ft 4m body too, meaning it could get even bigger in future seasons.

Pick 16 (332nd overall): Phillies, Emaarion Boyd, OF, Panola South (Miss) HS (#245): If Boyd joins Philadelphia, he will instantly become one of Phil’s top prospects. His time from home to first time was recorded at less than four seconds, and that’s on the right side. His punches and moves need work, especially when it comes to not being sold for power and staying inside himself on the plate.

18th pick (334th overall): Athletics, Christian Oppor, LHP, Columbus (WI) HS (#227): He’s only 17 years old and Oppor is four days old already showing a full set of fastball, spinball and 6ft 1ft frame sliders and should be cycling more as he puts on weight in the coming years. He is considered very outstanding due to his commitment to Gulf State Junior College (Florida).

Pick 27 (343rd overall): Astros, Ryan Clifford, Of, Crossroads FLEX HS (NC) (No. 92): Clifford became the first player in the MLB Pipeline Top 100 to retire on Day 3. The left-handed hitting outfielder has been a regular on the U.S. national teams for the past five years due to his satisfying left-hander that helps him get hit on average and power. He will go to Vanderbilt if the Astros can’t sign him.

Pick 2 (348th overall): D-backs, Malachi Witherspoon, RHP, Fletcher (FL) HS (#148): This spring, Witherspoon’s speed started picking up, and he’s now hitting 95 mph and holding 92-93 with the heater on. His plus spin ball certainly got Arizona’s attention as it averages around 3000rpm and those two pitches alone could eventually make him a quality pro prospect.

8th pick (354th): Twins, Nate Baez, center, Arizona State (#236): Baez, formerly of the team as a super-utilitarian, took over the lead role in Sunny Devils in 2021 and has never looked back. This spring, he hit .319/.403/.562 with 10 homers in 57 games as a junior, putting him straight on the draft board. Baez may just be average defensively, but the Twins lack a catcher among their top 30 prospects, which increases his chances of staying behind the plate.

Pick 19 (365th overall): Braves, Justin Janas, 1B, Illinois: Janas won the Big Ten title with a .391 batting average in 2021, and as a junior this spring has a solid .349/.493/.537 batting. He leaves Fighting Illini with .494 OBP in three seasons on campus.

21st pick (367th overall): Cardinals, Michael Curialle, OF/3B, UCLA (#247): Kurialle is listed as a shortstop on the draft tracker, but it looks like he’s likely to head for third or corner in the outfield. He hit .319/.395/.479 with five homers in 58 games this spring and posted 1,003 points in 13 games with MLB Draft League Trenton shortly before moving to St. Louis.

Pick 1 (377th overall): Orioles, Jared Beck, LHP, Saint Leo University: Sean Hjelle of the Giants made headlines when he made his Major League Hill debut at 6’11, making John Rauch the tallest player in MLB history. Beck could top both of them if he does The Show. A left-hander from St. Lion registers at a distance of even 7 feet. Beck had a 3.95 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 68 1/3 innings this spring for the Division II program.

Pick 4 (380th overall): Pirates, Miguel Fulgencio, LHP, Cowley County (Kan.) CC: Fulgencio first entered the NCAA ranks as a runner from Oklahoma State only to learn how to pitch by watching YouTube videos during a pandemic break. After transferring to Kansas Junior College, he throws his fastball at 90-96 mph and uses a hard slider as a secondary hand.

Pick 5 (381st): Nationals, Marquis Grissom, Jr., RHP, Georgia Tech: Marquis Grissom began his career with six seasons at the Montreal Expos. His son joins the same franchise three decades later. The younger Grissom has thrown in 57 of 61 innings this season as a Georgia Tech starter.

11th (387th overall): Tigers, Dom Johnson, OF, Kansas State (#239): Johnson could have entered the 2020 draft had he not been cut to five rounds. He was one of the fastest students in that class to graduate from high school, and that remains true here as well. Last summer, he led the Cape in steals with 14 steals, and this year hit .345/.419/.593 with 12 steals after moving from Oklahoma to Kansas.

Pick 23 (399th overall): Red Sox, Gavin Keelen, SS, Milton (WI) HS (#100): The Badger State has a recent history of sending quality trained infielders to pros like Gavin Lux and Owen Miller, and Keelen could be next in line. His hand-eye coordination and plate coverage are considered among the best for high school students of 2022, although more serious questions come from the defensive end. Keelen is the fourth shortstop selected by Boston this cycle.

29th pick (405th overall): Dodgers, Chris Newell, HF, Virginia (#190): Newell was an MLB Pipeline Top 100 Draft prospect in 2019 but slipped since he didn’t quite use his tools in college. His above-average speed could make him a quality center fielder among the pros, but he will need to cut back on his swings and misses to keep things from breaking.

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