The MLB draft begins today at 6 P.M. CT on ESPN and MLB Network. The 2022 MLB Draft will kick off tomorrow, Sunday July 17th at 6 P.M. CT in Los Angeles for All-Star week. The first round, competitive balance A picks, second round, and competitive balance B picks will all take place on the first day. Rounds 3-10 will be on Monday at 1 P.M., and rounds 11-20 will be on Tuesday at 1 P.M. Both ESPN and MLB Network will cover the first day, while days two and three will take place exclusively on MLB.com. You can find everything you need to know about the draft here, in our draft preview.
2022 MLB Draft First Round Picks
- Baltimore Orioles: Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater HS (OK)
- Arizona Diamondbacks: Druw Jones, CF, Wesleyan HS (GA)
- Texas Rangers: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt
- Pittsburgh Pirates: Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays HS (GA)
- Washington Nationals: Elijah Green, CF, IMG Academy (FL)
- Miami Marlins: Jacob Berry, RF, LSU
- Chicago Cubs: Cade Horton, RHP, Oklahoma
- Minnesota Twins: Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly (CA) (see below for more info)
- Kansas City Royals: Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech
- Colorado Rockies: Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga
- New York Mets (compensation for unsigned 2021 draft pick Kumar Rocker): Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech
- Detroit Tigers: Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech
- Los Angeles Angels: Zach Neto, SS, Campbell University (NC)
- New York Mets: Jett Williams, SS, Rockwall-Heath HS (TX)
- San Diego Padres: Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford HS (GA)
- Cleveland Guardians: Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison University (VA)
- Philadelphia Phillies: Justin Crawford, OF, Bishop Gorman HS (NV)
- Cincinnati Reds: Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola College
- Oakland Athletics: Daniel Susac, C, Arizona
- Atlanta Braves: Owen Murphy, RHP, Riverside Brookfield
- Seattle Mariners: Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny HS
- St. Louis Cardinals: Cooper Hjerpe, LHP, Oregon State
- Toronto Blue Jays: Brandon Barriera, LHP, American Heritage School
- Boston Red Sox: Mikey Romero, SS, Orange Lutheran HS
- New York Yankees: Spencer Jones, OF, Vanderbilt
- Chicago White Sox: Noah Schultz, LHP, Oswego East HS
- Milwaukee Brewers: Eric Brown Jr., SS, Coastal Carolina
- Houston Astros: Drew Gilbert, OF, Tennessee
- Tampa Bay Rays: Xavier Isaac, 1B, East Forsyth HS
- San Francisco Giants: Reggie Crawford, P/1B, UConn
2022 Minnesota Twins Draft Pick Tracker
Round 1, Pick No. 8: Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly
Baseball America Scouting Report, Ranked 2nd Overall
The son of Cal Poly coach and renowned hitting guru Larry Lee, Brooks has long been an elite hitter and would have been a top-50 pick out of high school if not for his strong commitment to play for his father in college. A hamstring injury and the coronavirus pandemic limited him to two at-bats as a freshman, but he lived up to his reputation as a premium hitter once play resumed. Lee hit .342 to win Big West Conference co-player of the year as a redshirt freshman and torched the Cape Cod League with a .405/.432/.677 slash line for Yarmouth-Dennis in the summer. He followed with a standout showing for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team and hit .357 with 15 home runs and a 1.125 OPS this spring, all career highs.
Lee is a gifted switch-hitter with exceptional hitting ability. He takes short, balanced swings with elite bat speed from the left side and laces balls hard to all fields. His right-handed swing isn’t as fluid or powerful, but he has the hand-eye coordination to make consistent contact and spray balls around the field. He has elite strike-zone discipline, crushes fastballs and drives pitches in all parts of the zone, projecting as a potential plus-plus hitter. He has rarely faced good breaking stuff and will need to prove he can handle that. Lee has bulked up as he’s matured and is now a physical specimen with strong legs, broad shoulders and a chiseled torso. His strength and knack for barreling balls give him at least average power potential and likely more.
Lee is an instinctive defender who positions himself well at shortstop and converts the routine plays with his reliable hands and above-average, accurate arm, but his bulk and below-average speed limit his range. He projects to move to second or third base, where he should be an average defender. Lee’s only major concern is his health. He missed time with multiple back injuries in high school and had hamstring surgery as a true freshman. His physical, maxed-out frame raises concerns about how his body will age. Even so, Lee’s premium hitting ability makes him a likely top-five pick in the draft. As long as he stays healthy, he projects to be a switch-hitting infielder who hits for average and power in the top half of a lineup.
MLB Pipeline Scouting Report, Ranked 5th Overall
Scouting grades: Hit: 65 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 60
Lee was a well-regarded prospect out of the California high school ranks, but wasn’t taken until the 35th round because scouts knew he wanted to go play for his father, Larry, the head coach at Cal Poly. After missing nearly all of the shortened 2020 season following knee and hamstring surgery, Lee came back in 2021 to earn co-Big West Player of the Year honors by hitting .342/384/.626. He further solidified his bona fides as one of the top college bats in the class by hitting very well both for Team USA and in the Cape Cod League last summer, then showed he was the best college hitter in this class in 2022.
Talk to any scout about the switch-hitting infielder and the first thing that comes up are his otherworldly bat-to-ball skills. He almost never strikes out and has made consistent hard contact everywhere he’s been, including his 21-game stretch with a wood bat on the Cape, where he hit .405/.432/.667 with six homers in just 84 at-bats. He can drive the ball from both sides of the plate and as he’s gotten more physical, it’s easy to project him having better-than-average power in the future.
That physicality will mean he’s very likely to move off of shortstop at the next level, with third the most likely destination to take advantage of his above-average arm. As the son of a coach, he thinks like one on the field and plays like a veteran, giving more certainty that he’s going to maximize all of his tools as a pro.
Rd. 2, Pick No. 48: Connor Prielipp, LHP, Alabama
MLB Pipeline Scouting Report, Ranked 25th Overall
Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 70 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 50
Gatorade’s Wisconsin high school player of the year and the state’s top Draft prospect in 2019, Prielipp slid to the Red Sox in the 37th round because of his commitment to Alabama. He immediately became the Crimson Tide’s No. 1 starter as a freshman and didn’t allow a run while striking out 35 in 21 innings before the coronavirus pandemic ended the 2020 season. He looked like a potential No. 1 overall pick for 2022 before injuring his elbow in his first start as a sophomore, leading to Tommy John surgery last May. He returned to the mound with a bullpen workout in front of more than 100 evaluators in late May and showed that he had fully regained his stuff three weeks later at the Draft Combine.
Prielipp’s slider is one of the most devastating pitches in the college class, sitting in the mid-80s and touching 90 mph with two-plane break that has it drop off the table as it approaches the plate. He also can elicit swings and misses with a low-90s fastball that peaks at 95 mph with run and downhill plane. He has a quick arm and could add more velocity after completing his rehabilitation from elbow reconstruction.
Prielipp hasn’t used his changeup much but shows feel for an 82-85 mph offering with some sink. He pitches with confidence and while he doesn’t have the smoothest delivery, he’s athletic and locates his pitches where he wants. Assuming a return to full health, he has all the ingredients to become a frontline starter.
CBA Round B, Pick No. 68: Tanner Schobel, SS, Virginia Tech
MLB Pipeline Scouting Report, Ranked 96th Overall
Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 50 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45
As a freshman at Virginia Tech in 2021, Schobel started every game, shuttling between second base and shortstop while having a fairly nondescript year offensively. He then hit over .300 in the Cape Cod League last summer, and that’s carried over to a huge Draft-eligible sophomore season, where he’s been the surprising Hokies’ No. 3 hitter and regular shortstop.
While Schobel is more a “sum of his parts” type of player, he does use his largely average tools very well. He has a solid approach from the right side of the plate and has shown a better ability to impact the ball this year, something scouts had felt had limited his profile. His power has largely been to the pull side and some aren’t sure if he’ll hit the ball over the fence with wood at the next level, but he has the chance to have extra-base authority. A bit undersized, he reminds some area scouts of former Maryland standout Brandon Lowe in terms of body type.
Teams may decide to send Schobel out as a shortstop and see how it plays, but most feel his defensive skills would fit best at second base as an everyday player. An average runner, Schobel could end up being a very skilled super-utility type if a regular role doesn’t happen, with a Jamey Carroll-esque potential trajectory.
- Rd. 4, Pick No. 114: Andrew Morris, RHP, Texas Tech
- Rd. 5, Pick No. 144: Ben Ross, SS, Notre Dame College (OH)
- Rd. 6, Pick No. 174: Jorel Ortega, 2B, Tennessee
- Rd. 7, Pick No. 204: Kyle Jones, RHP, Toledo
- Rd. 8, Pick No. 234: Zebby Matthews, RHP, Western Carolina
- Rd. 9, Pick No. 264: Cory Lewis, RHP, UC Santa Barbara
- Rd. 10, Pick No. 294: Dalton Shuffield, SS, Texas State
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