Draft tracker: Draft order, results and analysis for every first-round pick
With the No. 1 overall pick, the Orioles took Jackson Holliday, top prospect and son of former major leaguer Matt Holliday. The Arizona Diamondbacks followed up with another son for a former major leaguer (Andruw), selecting Druw Jones.
The Texas Rangers shocked many by picking Kumar Rocker, one of the most well known names in the draft, at No. 3. The Pittsburgh Pirates took Termarr Johnson fourth overall and the Washington Nationals nabbed Elijah Green to round out the first five picks. The first 80 picks will be made Sunday night followed by Rounds 3-10 on Monday and concluding with Rounds 11-20 on Tuesday.
Which teams made picks that surprised everyone? MLB experts Dave Schoenfield and Dan Mullen break down everything you need to know about who your favorite team took in the first round of the draft.
1. Baltimore Orioles: Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater HS (OK)
Who is Holliday? The son of a major league All-Star (Matt), Holliday has separated himself as the best prep shortstop in this class by way of his powerful bat. He hit .685 with 17 home runs, 79 RBIs and even stole 30 bases in 40 games during his high school season. There is a question of whether he can stick at shortstop or will end up moving to second base as a pro, but his offensive skill set will play at either position.
Jackson and Matt Holliday discuss the excitement around Jackson becoming the No. 1 pick in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Orioles took him here: After months of speculation that the Orioles could go a number of different ways with this No. 1 pick, Baltimore showed why by taking someone other than consensus No. 1 prospect Druw Jones here. Now the big question is if Baltimore will be able to sign Holliday at any savings and then use the savings to go over slot on players at its later picks tonight (Nos. 33 and 42).
In Holliday, the Orioles are getting an elite talent who has risen up draft boards steadily this spring thanks to his array of quality tools and projection at the plate. Holliday joins a group of recent top draft prospects currently making their way toward Baltimore as the O’s come out of their rebuild. — Mullen
2. Arizona Diamondbacks: Druw Jones, CF, Wesleyan HS (GA)
Who is Jones? The No. 1 overall player on Kiley McDaniel’s draft board, Jones is the son of five-time MLB All-Star Andruw Jones. An array of tools sets Jones apart from the rest of the 2022 draft class. He is a plus hitter with plus power, plus-plus speed and a plus defender in center field but also could play shortstop in his pro career. While there is no perfect comp for Jones, a healthy Byron Buxton is a good place to start.
Check out highlights that helped make Druw Jones the second pick in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Diamondbacks took him here: The Diamondbacks have to be ecstatic to see the consensus No. 1 player in this draft class fall into their laps with the No. 2 pick. Arizona is getting a player with 30/30 potential at the plate and an elite defender at a premium position. D-backs fans are free to start dreaming about the possibility of a Druw Jones/Alek Thomas/Corbin Carroll outfield in the franchise’s future. — Mullen
3. Texas Rangers: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Tri-City (Independent)
Who is Rocker? Arguably the most well-known name in the draft for a second straight year, Rocker lands here after going unsigned by the Mets as the No. 10 pick in the 2021 draft. Instead of going back to Vanderbilt for the 2022 spring season, Rocker made five starts this summer for Tri-City (New York) of the independent Frontier League. His mid-90s fastball with the ValleyCats and nearly MLB-ready stuff helped get him to this spot despite longer-term questions about his pitching arm, including a September 2021 shoulder surgery.
Check out Kumar Rocker’s highlights from his season with the Tri-City Valley Cats as he gets set to join the Rangers after being selected third overall.
Why the Rangers took him here: In what will be the biggest shocker of the night, the Rangers stun everyone with the former Vanderbilt star, a player not projected to go until perhaps 15th at the earliest — and now he’ll join his former Vandy teammate Jack Leiter in the Rangers system. It does follow a Rangers trend of going for polished college prospects in recent years: Josh Jung in 2019, Justin Foscue in 2020 and Leiter last year with the second pick. The hope is all four will soon be in the majors and join Marcus Semien and Corey Seager to get the Rangers back in the playoff hunt. — Schoenfield
4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays HS (GA),
Who is Johnson? It’s rare to see a prep likely second baseman go this high on draft night, but Johnson has steadily ranked near the top of this class because of his elite hit tool. Despite playing in a lower-tier high school league and standing just 5-foot-10, Johnson has impressed scouts with his raw power and speed on the basepaths, but make no mistake about it — his ability to make hard contact consistently is what lands him here.
Check out highlights from Termarr Johnson, who was selected fourth overall by the Pirates in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Pirates took him here: Despite being listed at 5-foot-10, there is a good chance that Johnson will develop as the best pure hitter in this class — and that could help him move quickly through the minors for a high school infielder. While his future is likely at second base, the Pirates are getting an offensive prospect who ranks right up there with Holliday and Jones at the No. 4 overall pick. — Mullen
5. Washington Nationals: Elijah Green, CF, IMG Academy HS (FL)
Who is Green? Two years ago, Green was garnering the most hype of any player in this draft class and drawing comparisons to a young Ronald Acuna Jr. The physical tools that had him in the early conversation as a No. 1 overall pick remain, but Green’s swing mechanics, approach and contact rate have been question marks throughout his prep career.
Check out some of the highlights that helped make Elijah Green the fifth overall pick by the Nationals.
Why the Nationals took him here: No surprise here, even with Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada still on the board. The Nationals have a young catcher in Keibert Ruiz and GM Mike Rizzo always loves to gamble on the high-upside talent. In some ways, Green is similar to Brady House, last year’s No. 1 pick, as a high school player with big raw power and swing-and-miss concerns. Plus, rumor is the Nationals might need an outfielder. — Schoenfield
6. Miami Marlins: Jacob Berry, RF, LSU
Who is Berry? Berry was named national freshman of the year at Arizona before following his coach Jay Johnson to LSU. A switch-hitter who has arguably the best current combination of hit/power/plate selection in this draft, Berry is a likely big league regular — though his ceiling and ultimate position remain questions.
Why the Marlins took him here: There might not be a safer player than Berry taken tonight. He’s a proven hitter at the highest levels of college baseball and his hitting ability will likely carry him to the majors as a solid everyday player — but the drawback is there aren’t any tools that scream star player here. This pick is reminiscent of when Miami selected Vanderbilt outfielder J.J. Bleday out of the SEC with the No. 4 pick in 2019. — Mullen
7. Chicago Cubs: Cade Horton, RHP, Oklahoma
Who is Horton? A late riser on draft boards, Cade Horton was dominant on the mound during Oklahoma’s College World Series run capped by a MCWS final-record 13-strikeout outing against eventual champion Ole Miss in Omaha. Before being sidelined due to Tommy John surgery, Horton arrived at Oklahoma a local product of Norman High as one of the nation’s most heralded recruits in 2020 as a two-way star on the diamond and also as a quarterback.
Why the Cubs took him here: The view of Horton changed dramatically for the better after his strong postseason performance for the Sooners. Teams don’t usually draft for need, but it’s also true the Cubs system is stronger in position player prospects and weaker in starting pitching prospects (especially in the upper levels). It appears the Cubs were focused on getting a pitcher. — Schoenfield
8. Minnesota Twins: Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly
Who is Lee? A shortstop while playing for his father at Cal Poly, Lee could be ticketed for a move to third base when he begins his pro career. Lee lacks the standout explosive tools of other prospects taken this high in the draft, but makes up for it with his steady production. He followed up a strong summer on the Cape by hitting .357 with 15 home runs this spring.
Check out the highlights that have helped make Brooks Lee a top pick by the Twins.
Why the Twins took him here: Surprises above this pick left the Twins with more players in the elite tier available than expected at No. 8. They went with a player whose bat should play on the left side of their infield as either a shortstop or third baseman. Like Berry taken two picks before him, Lee feels a bit more like a sure-thing good player than a prospect with star upside to dream on here. — Mullen
9. Kansas City Royals: Gavin Cross, RF, Virginia Tech
Who is Cross? Unheralded out of high school and as a freshman at Virginia Tech, Cross developed into an All-American over his final two seasons in Blacksburg. A left-handed hitter, Cross played center field in college but is likely to end up in right as a pro with an above-average combination of hit and power that figures to hold up in an outfield corner.
Check out some of the exciting highlights from Royals first-round pick Gavin Cross.
Why the Royals took him here: Drafting in the top 10 for the fourth straight season, the Royals had gone high school position player (Bobby Witt Jr.), college pitcher (Asa Lacy), high school pitcher (Frank Mozzicato) and now go with a college position player. At least GM Dayton Moore is flexible in his thinking. Cross could be another fast-moving college bat — and the Royals need outfield help. — Schoenfield
10. Colorado Rockies: Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga
Who is Hughes? Gonzaga’s first first-round selection since Marco Gonzales in 2013, Hughes had been a two-way player before focusing solely on pitching in 2022, showing improvement until struggling in his last few starts and finishing 8-3 with a 3.21 ERA. He’s a 6-foot-4 right-hander who sits 93-to-96 with some scouts believing there’s more velocity to come.
Why the Rockies took him here: The Rockies’ system is lacking in starting pitching prospects, especially pitchers with frontline potential — and that’s what Hughes brings as the No. 10 pick. Standing 6-foot-4 with a high-90s fastball and slider, he projects to at least a mid-rotation starter. He was dominant for much of the 2022 season at Gonzaga, finishing ninth in the country with 138 strikeouts in 98 innings. — Mullen
11. New York Mets: Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech
Who is Parada? The clear top catching prospect in this class, Parada busted out at the plate for Georgia Tech, batting .361 with 26 home runs and 88 RBIs in 60 games. Prior to the 2022 breakout, he was viewed more as a hit-over-power prospect, evidenced by his nine long balls in 52 games for the Yellow Jackets in 2021. His defense projects to be strong enough to keep him behind the plate as a pro, but the bat is what has scouts excited.
Check out the highlights that helped make Kevin Parada a first-round pick by the Mets.
Why the Mets took him here: The Mets had to be pleasantly surprised to have Parada fall into their laps. Fourth on ESPN MLB draft expert Kiley McDaniel’s last draft ranking board, Parada was viewed as a consensus top-five selection in mock drafts. Of course, the Mets already have the best catching prospect in the minors in Francisco Alvarez, but those things will work themselves out if Parada develops — whether that means a position change or a timeshare at catcher/DH with Alvarez in the future. — Schoenfield
12. Detroit Tigers: Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech
Who is Jung? The younger brother of Rangers top prospect Josh, who also starred at Texas Tech, Jace has a similar draft profile: strong build, excellent college stats, some untapped power — and questions about his defensive future. While Jace will likely never win any Gold Gloves at second or third base, his left-handed bat should play just fine at either position.
Check out the highlights that helped Jace Jung get selected in the first round by the Tigers.
Why the Tigers took him here: We’re at a point in the draft where college hitters are the most available group and the Tigers have a history of liking players who have a history of big-conference performance with their early picks. Jung hit .328 with a 1.116 during his three years playing in the Big 12 at Texas Tech and still has room for some upside — especially with a similar draft-day profile to his brother, who has developed into one of the best hitting prospects in baseball. — Mullen
13. Los Angeles Angels: Zach Neto, SS, Campbell
Who is Neto? A late riser out of the Big South Conference, Neto dominated the competition this spring with a .407 batting average and a ridiculous .769 slugging percentage. Despite an unorthodox all-out swing, he also showed he can produce against elite pitching when he hit .307 with a 1.026 OPS on the Cape last summer. He might have to shorten his swing in the pros, but he has the tools to stick at shortstop defensively.
Why the Angels took him here: He’s not from a major conference, but the tools are loud and the Angels are clearly desperate for a shortstop at the big league level given the anemic offensive production they’ve received this season. He pitched some earlier in his career, so has the arm strength to stick at shortstop. He was also 19-for-20 stealing bases, so has an all-around game. As he said at the draft, “I can’t wait to bring some swagger to L.A.” — Schoenfield
14. New York Mets: Jett Williams, SS, Rockwall Heath HS (TX)
Who is Williams? Standing just 5-foot-8 (at most), Williams swings from his heels while also managing to make consistent contact at the plate. He has elite quickness, a strong arm, fast hands and power that makes drafting a player his size seem a lot less risky. With a hit tool to go with his physical ability, Williams is a favorite of scouts who flocked to Texas to see him play this spring.
Why the Mets took him here: After going with a polished college prospect in Parada with the No. 11 overall pick, they switched gears and are betting big on upside here. Williams has the potential to be the single most dynamic player taken tonight with elite speed and quick hands highlighting an array of loud tools and a strong hit tool. That all makes him getting to his upside seem less risky than you might think for a 5-foot-8 high school prospect. — Mullen
15. San Diego Padres: Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford HS (GA)
Who is Lesko? Easily the top pitching prospect in this draft — and in recent history — entering the spring, Lesko underwent Tommy John surgery in April. When healthy, he combines a mid-90s fastball and a high-spin curveball with an 80-grade changeup that McDaniel calls the best he has seen below the major league level.
Check out the highlights that helped make Dylan Lesko a first-round pick by the Padres in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Padres took him here: This is this most Padres-like pick possible, going for upside above everything else, even with the obvious health risk after surgery. The ultimate payout is a case like Lucas Giolito, who fell into this range when he was drafted out of high school because of Tommy John surgery, but recovered and developed into an All-Star starter. — Schoenfield
16. Cleveland Guardians: Chase DeLauter, RF, James Madison
Who is DeLauter? A breakout performer in the Cape last summer with a .986 OPS, DeLauter hit .437 for James Madison but played just 24 games and did most of his damage against weak competition. There is power and plate discipline here, but the inconsistent swing mechanics he showed this spring make him an interesting pick — a potential middle-of-the-order hitter but with shades of Bradley Zimmer or Kameron Misner, two examples of players who struggled to make consistent contact in the pros.
Why the Guardians took him here: DeLauter ranked No. 9 in the entire class when McDaniel released his initial 2022 draft rankings in late February. A slow start to the college season in some of his few chances against elite competition hurt his stock. There is still a lot to like here — and the Guardians have a recent history of getting the most out of prospects — as a late-blooming, long-limbed outfielder whose future largely depends on how much contact he can make. — Mullen
17. Philadelphia Phillies: Justin Crawford, CF, Bishop Gorman HS (NV)
Who is Crawford? Another first-round pick whose father is a recently retired major leaguer, Crawford (son of Carl) is one of the most electrifying players in this class with tools including 80-grade speed. The big question for Crawford is whether he’ll hit enough to get to his raw power in games, but there are few players in this class with more upside than the Nevada prep who played at the same high school that produced Joey Gallo and Yankees first-round pick Austin Wells.
Why the Phillies took him here: Again, teams don’t really draft for need, but boy do the Phillies need a center fielder — and Crawford’s speed means he projects as an elite defender in center. He’s also a nice fit for the farm system after the Phillies drafted two high school pitchers in the past two drafts (Mick Abel and Andrew Painter). Those two are performing well so far, and Crawford gives the Phillies a third straight high schooler who could end up being a steal at their draft position. — Schoenfield
18. Cincinnati Reds: Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola JC (FL)
Who is Collier? The son of yet another former major leaguer (Lou played parts of eight seasons in MLB), Collier took the Bryce Harper path to the 2022 draft by reclassifying and playing the spring season at a junior college — as a 17-year-old. Collier’s bat is his top tool and he held his own against older competition this spring. Like Johnson, Collier played prep ball in the Atlanta area and his hit tool is just a tick behind Johnson’s near the top of this draft class.
Check out the highlights that helped make Cam Collier the Reds’ first-round pick in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Reds took him here: The better question here could end up being: How did 17 teams pass on the player ranked No. 5 on McDaniel’s pre-draft top 300 board before the Reds took him here? At 17 years old, Collier is the youngest top prospect in this draft, and he has already proved his ability to hold his own against hitters three to four years older than him — first at juco powerhouse Chipola and then this summer in the Cape Cod League. — Mullen
19. Oakland Athletics: Daniel Susac, C, Arizona
Who is Susac? Daniel is the younger brother of former MLB catcher Andrew Susac, a 2011 second-round pick of the Giants who spent parts of six seasons in the majors. After earning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors in 2021, Susac improved on his offensive production for Arizona this spring, posting a .366 batting average and 1.012 OPS for the Wildcats.
Why the Athletics took him here: A draft-eligible sophomore, Susac hit .351 in his two seasons at Arizona and has the defensive chops to remain behind the plate. Some draft boards had him in the top 15, so this could be a good value pick for the A’s, even if catching is one of their strengths with Sean Murphy in the majors, plus prospects Shea Langeliers (MVP of the Futures Game) and Tyler Soderstrom (who has been playing both catcher and first base in Class A). — Schoenfield
20. Atlanta Braves: Owen Murphy, RHP, Riverside Brookfield HS (IL)
Who is Murphy? Murphy dominated Illinois high school competition this spring, pitching to a 0.12 ERA with 137 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings and hitting .548 with 18 home runs as a third baseman. His future is clearly on the mound though, where his smooth delivery, above-average stuff and ability to throw strikes offsets the fact that he hasn’t been tested frequently as a cold-weather prep pitcher.
Why the Braves took him here: If there’s one thing the Braves do well, it’s drafting pitchers. Now, they’re adding another young starter whose clean motion and command fit their profile for success in the late-rising Murphy. This is assuming Murphy stays on the mound as a pro — which is expected — considering he also has early-rounds talent as a position player as a backup plan. — Mullen
21. Seattle Mariners: Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny HS (PA)
Who is Young? Unlike the high school shortstops being selected before him, Young’s strength is based more on steady all-around performance than on any standout explosive tool. Even as a Northern high school player who turns 19 later this month, he is a safe bet to hit his way through the minors and stay at shortstop as a pro.
Check out the highlights that helped Cole Young become a first-round pick by the Mariners in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Mariners took him here: The Mariners have generally gone with college selections under GM Jerry Dipoto, including three straight college pitchers from 2018 to 2020. However, college pitching was the weakest area of this draft, so the Mariners instead go with a second straight high school pick. Young is a left-handed hitter, which is a nice positive, and his hit, run and throw tools all grade as above-average. — Schoenfield
22. St. Louis Cardinals: Cooper Hjerpe, LHP, Oregon State
Who is Hjerpe? The best word to describe Hjerpe’s left-handed delivery is funky. Coming from a low release point with some cross-body motion, the deception makes it extremely difficult for hitters to pick up the ball coming out of his hand — think somewhere between Chris Sale and Josh Hader. While his upside in the majors isn’t quite that level of pitcher, his 2022 stats at Oregon State speak for themselves: 11-2 record, 2.53 ERA and 161 strikeouts with only 23 walks allowed in 103.1 innings.
Why the Cardinals took him here: Strong-performing polished college player from a major program fits the Cardinals’ recent draft history of pitchers to a tee. With his combination of experience and deception on the mound, Hjerpe could move through the minors and reach the majors quicker than most pitchers selected tonight. — Mullen
23. Toronto Blue Jays: Brandon Barriera, LHP, American Heritage HS (FL)
Who is Barriera? Barriera charted a new path to the first round, opting out of the end of his high school season to prepare for the draft. He impressed in a June workout, flashing three plus pitches and — while prep starting pitchers are always risky this high in the draft — he might be the safest bet of any high school arm who goes Sunday night.
Check out the highlights from Brandon Barriera that helped him become a first-round pick by the Blue Jays in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Blue Jays took him here: Because who doesn’t like a lefty who can hit 98 mph? Despite his unique path to the draft, nobody doubts Barriera’s power arm and four-pitch repertoire. He’s also going to enter pro ball with a chip on his shoulder, saying the teams that passed on him are “going to regret this.” — Schoenfield
24. Boston Red Sox: Mikey Romero, SS, Orange Lutheran HS (CA)
Who is Romero? An LSU commit, Romero is from the same high school program that has produced Gerrit Cole and recent first-round picks Cole Winn and Garrett Mitchell (though Cole and Mitchell were drafted out of UCLA). He doesn’t have an outstanding tool, but he can hit and field and the Red Sox will see if he can develop some power.
Why the Red Sox took him here: This is one of those picks that will likely make a lot more sense when we see what the Red Sox do with their upcoming picks. Romero ranked No. 56 on McDaniel’s pre-draft rankings, so this isn’t a total reach, but it’s likely a strategical play to go bold with upcoming picks similar to when Boston took Nick York with the 17th pick in the 2020 draft and then followed up by taking Blaze Jordan in the third round. — Mullen
25. New York Yankees: Spencer Jones, RF, Vanderbilt
Who is Jones? Standing 6-foot-7 with explosive tools and untapped upside, Jones is arguably the biggest risk/reward prospect we saw taken Sunday night. After injuring his pitching elbow as a two-way prospect in high school, Jones went to Vanderbilt and has forced his way up draft boards by giving front offices solid production to believe in — .370 batting average, 1.103 OPS for the Commodores this spring — but he also struck out 64 times in 61 games, highlighting the risk that remains.
Check out the highlights that helped make Spencer Jones a first-round pick by the Yankees in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Yankees took him: Hey, the Yankees will need a new 6-foot-7 outfielder to replace Aaron Judge if he departs as a free agent. Of course, there aren’t many 6-foot-7 players in major league history, but maybe they can strike it rich once again with a boom-or-bust talent like Jones. — Schoenfield
26. Chicago White Sox: Noah Schultz, LHP, Oswego East HS (IL)
Who is Schultz? Forget the Aaron Judge comparison, we have a Randy Johnson comp with Schultz. He’s a 6-foot-9 lefty committed to Vanderbilt. He’s more polished than Johnson was coming out of high school, but he doesn’t throw as hard, sitting in the low 90s and topping out at 96. It could take an overslot bonus to buy him out of Vanderbilt.
Check out the highlights that helped make Noah Schultz a first-round pick by the White Sox in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the White Sox took him here: Schultz stands taller than any other top pitching prospect in this draft with plus stuff. Chicago has a need for impact starting pitching throughout its system so the fit is obvious. The question is whether Schultz will actually sign or he’ll head to Vanderbilt. If he does join Chicago, his combination of size, hit-or-miss control and an unusual arm slot makes him one of the biggest boost-or-bust prospects selected tonight. — Mullen
27. Milwaukee Brewers: Eric Brown, SS, Coastal Carolina
Who is Brown? Drafting Brown here is an acknowledgement that his unusual swing is likely going to need work — and perhaps an overhaul — through the minors. That hasn’t stopped him from making consistent contact during his time at Coastal Carolina, including a .330 batting average in 2022, with developing power and a chance to stick at shortstop.
Why the Brewers took him here: The Brewers like to go with college bats and strike again with Brown, making him their fourth straight college position player in the first round. Brown’s hand-eye coordination allows him to overcome his unique setup and give him excellent contact skills — another trait the Brewers love going after. — Schoenfield
28. Houston Astros: Drew Gilbert, CF, Tennessee
Who is Gilbert? The face of the most dominant offensive team in recent college baseball history, Gilbert is known for his brash play with the Vols. He hit .362 with a 1.128 OPS on his way to All-SEC honors in 2022. With a high-contact approach and above-average speed to go along with his all-out style, veteran outfielder Brett Gardner is a good place to start when looking for a comp.
Check out the highlights that helped make Drew Gilbert a first-round pick by the Astros in the 2022 MLB draft.
Why the Astros took him here: Getting Gilbert here is a really strong draft board value for the Astros. He was ranked No. 11 in McDaniel’s pre-draft rankings and nobody would have been surprised if he came off the board 10 picks earlier tonight after his big season at Tennessee. Gilbert has a high floor and his ceiling is an everyday center fielder who makes teams pay for skipping over him tonight — and continues to play with a chip on his shoulder for years. — Mullen
29. Tampa Bay Rays: Xavier Isaac, 1B, East Forsyth HS (NC)
Who is Isaac? At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Isaac’s best tool, as you can imagine, is light-tower power. He doesn’t sell out for power, however, focusing on hard contact. He also missed most of his junior season and the summer showcases with a foot injury, so there is little track record of him facing elite pitching.
Why the Rays took him here: This is one of the biggest surprises in the first round, especially coming from the Rays, who love to focus on up-the-middle position players who have positional flexibility as they develop in pro ball. Isaac was 95th on Kiley’s board, so it feels like a reach, but one thing we’ve learned: Don’t second-guess the Rays. — Schoenfield
30. San Francisco Giants: Reggie Crawford, LHP, UConn
Who is Crawford? A two-way star at UConn, Crawford was drawing top-10 and even top-five buzz before missing the entire 2022 college season due to Tommy John surgery. A left-handed slugger at the plate, Crawford hit triple digits on the Cape in 2021 and shined for Team USA’s collegiate national team, so his future might be on the mound — even though he threw just 8 1/3 total college innings for the Huskies.
Why the Giants took him here: Crawford is the most unique talent in this draft, a true two-way threat who slugged .546 as a hitter at UConn — but left-handers who hit 100 mph have a way of ending up on the mound in the pros. Another factor to consider: Crawford announced he was transferring to Tennessee just before the draft, which will give him some additional leverage in contract negotiations with San Francisco. He was a player who was drawing more buzz than anyone else in this draft last summer, so if he returns to full health and signs, the upside is clear. — Mullen
31. Colorado Rockies: Sterlin Thompson, OF, Florida
32. Cincinnati Reds: Sal Stewart, 3B, Westminster Christian HS (FL)
Competitive balance Round A
33. Baltimore Orioles: Dylan Beavers, RF, Cal
34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Landon Sims, RHP, Mississippi State
35. Atlanta Braves: J.R. Ritchie, RHP, Bainbridge HS (WA)
36. Pittsburgh Pirates: Thomas Harrington, RHP, Campbell
37. Cleveland Guardians: Justin Campbell, RHP, Oklahoma State
38. Colorado Rockies: Jordan Beck, RF, Tennessee
39. San Diego Padres: Robby Snelling, LHP, McQueen HS (NV)
40. Los Angeles Dodgers: Dalton Rushing, C, Louisville
(The Dodgers’ first pick drops 10 spots, from 30 to 40, due to exceeding the competitive balance tax threshold.)
41. Boston Red Sox: Cutter Coffey, SS, Liberty HS (CA)
(Compensation for unsigned 2021 second-round pick Jud Fabian.)
42. Baltimore Orioles: Max Wagner, 3B, Clemson
43. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ivan Melendez, 1B, Texas
44. Pittsburgh Pirates: Hunter Barco, LHP, Florida
45. Washington Nationals: Jake Bennett, LHP, Oklahoma
46. Miami Marlins: Jacob Miller, RHP, Liberty Union HS (OH)
47. Chicago Cubs: Jackson Ferris, LHP, IMG Academy HS (FL)
48. Minnesota Twins: Connor Prielipp, LHP, Alabama
49. Kansas City Royals: Cayden Wallace, 3B, Arkansas
50. Colorado Rockies: Jackson Cox, RHP, Toutle Lake HS (WA)
51. Detroit Tigers: Peyton Graham, SS, Oklahoma
52. New York Mets: Blade Tidwell, RHP, Tennessee
53. San Diego Padres: Adam Mazur, RHP, Iowa
54. Cleveland Guardians: Parker Messick, LHP, Florida State
55. Cincinnati Reds: Logan Tanner, C, Mississippi State
56. Oakland Athletics: Henry Bolte, CF, Palo Alto HS (CA)
57. Atlanta Braves: Cole Phillips, RHP, Boerne HS (TX)
58. Seattle Mariners: Tyler Locklear, 3B, VCU
59. St. Louis Cardinals: Brycen Mautz, LHP, San Diego
60. Toronto Blue Jays: Josh Kasevich, SS, Oregon
61. New York Yankees: Drew Thorpe, RHP, Cal Poly
62. Chicago White Sox: Peyton Pallette, RHP, Arkansas
63. Milwaukee Brewers: Jake Misiorowski, RHP, Crowder JC (MO)
64. Houston Astros: Jacob Melton, CF, Oregon State
65. Tampa Bay Rays: Brock Jones, CF, Stanford
66. San Francisco Giants: Carson Whisenhunt, LHP, East Carolina
Competitive balance Round B
67. Baltimore Orioles: Jud Fabian, OF, Florida
68. Minnesota Twins: Tanner Schobel, SS, Virginia Tech
69. Oakland Athletics: Clark Elliott, OF, Michigan
70. Tampa Bay Rays: Chandler Simpson, SS, Georgia Tech
71. Tampa Bay Rays: Ryan Cermak, SS, Illinois State
72. Milwaukee Brewers: Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas
73. Cincinnati Reds: Justin Boyd, OF, Oregon State
74. Seattle Mariners: Walter Ford, RHP, Pace HS (FL)
75. New York Mets: Nick Morabito, OF, Gonzaga College High School (DC)
76. Atlanta Braves: Blake Burkhalter, RHP, Auburn
77. Toronto Blue Jays: Tucker Toman, 3B, Hammond HS (SC)
78. Toronto Blue Jays: Cade Doughty, 2B, LSU
79. Boston Red Sox: Roman Anthony, RF, Stoneman Douglas HS (FL)
80. Houston Astros: Andrew Taylor, RHP, Central Michigan
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