The 2022 MLB draft begins on July 17 in Los Angeles. This year’s class is deep with position players. The pitching crop is deep at the prep level while the college class is less talented, especially after numerous arms have suffered season-ending injuries.
Players are starting to separate themselves since I wrote my last mock draft. But there is still plenty of time for players to solidify themselves as first-round picks between now and draft day.
Below is a look at a first-round mock draft. You can view in-depth breakdowns of each pick and player by subscribing to the Baseball Prospect Journal Patreon page. The mock draft with insight and analysis will be available on the Patreon page in the coming days.
1. Baltimore Orioles: Andruw Jones, OF, Wesleyan (Ga.) HS
2. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly
3. Texas Rangers: Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays (Ga.) HS
4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy (Fla.)
5. Washington Nationals: Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford (Ga.) HS
6. Miami Marlins: Jace Jung, 2B/3B, Texas Tech
7. Chicago Cubs: Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison
8. Minnesota Twins: Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech
9. Kansas City Royals: Jackson Ferris, LHP, IMG Academy (Fla.)
10. Colorado Rockies: Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater (Okla.) HS
11. New York Mets: Daniel Susac, C, Arizona
12. Detroit Tigers: Jacob Berry, OF, LSU
13. Los Angeles Angels: Brock Porter, RHP, Orchard Lake St. Marys (Mich.) HS
14. New York Mets: Blade Tidwell, RHP, Tennessee
15. San Diego Padres: Brandon Barriera, LHP, American Heritage (Fla.) HS
16. Cleveland Guardians: Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola Junior College
17. Philadelphia Phillies: Jordan Beck, OF, Tennesse
18. Cincinnati Reds: Dylan Beavers, OF, California
19. Oakland Athletics: Mikey Romero, SS, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) HS
20. Atlanta Braves: Cole Phillips, RHP, Boerne (TX) HS
21. Seattle Mariners: Cade Doughty, 3B, LSU
22. St. Louis Cardinals: Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas
23. Toronto Blue Jays: Connor Prielipp, LHP, Alabama
24. Boston Red Sox: Noah Schultz, LHP, Oswego East (Ill.) HS
25. New York Yankees: Hunter Barco, LHP, Florida
26. Chicago White Sox: Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech
27. Milwaukee Brewers: Zach Neto, SS, Campbell
28. Houston Astros: Walter Ford, RHP, Pace (Fla.) HS
29. Tampa Bay Rays: Sterlin Thompson, 3B, Florida
30. Los Angeles Dodgers: Justin Crawford, OF, Bishop Gorman (NV) HS
31. San Francisco Giants: Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny (Pa.) HS
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Dan Zielinski III has covered the MLB draft for seven years. He has interviewed 356 of the top draft prospects in that period, including four No. 1 overall picks. Multiple publications, including Baseball America, USA Today, MLB.com and The Arizona Republic, have quoted his work, while he has appeared on radio stations as a “MLB draft expert.” Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.