2022 Amateur Draft
The 2022 First Year Player Draft was the fifty-eighth Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. The first two rounds took place on July 17, 2022, as part of the All-Star Game festivities, in Los Angeles, CA at an outdoor location at Xbox Plaza. The initial draft order was based entirely on the 2021 standings.
For the second time in four years, the Baltimore Orioles picked first, by virtue of having the worst record in the majors in 2021. The Arizona Diamondbacks actually finished with the same record, so MLB went back one year to compare their records - and incredibly they also finished with identical records that year! Finally, the Diamondbacks got to pick second by virtue of their better record in 2019. The Los Angeles Dodgers saw their first round pick, which would normally have been the 30th, dropped by 10 ranks to the second round, due to exceeding the luxury tax threshold.
The top-rated player in the spring was high school OF Druw Jones, the son of former major leaguer Andruw Jones, and three other high school players rounded out the prospective top four. What was really interesting was that there were almost no pitchers ranked in the top 15 prospects in the draft, and none from the collegiate ranks - something completely unprecedented if it were to go down that way. The lack of pitchers was the result of a rash of injuries to the highest-rated candidates, and another one having been suspended for a failed drug test. That said, there was no clear consensus about who the top pick would be, with the names of Jones, college SS Brooks Lee, and high school SS Jackson Holliday, another second-generation player as the son of Matt Holliday, and a couple of others all having their backers. A big wild card was P Kumar Rocker, the #10 pick the year before, who had failed to come to an agreement on a contract with the New York Mets over health concerns, and who would only get a few starts in the independent leagues before the draft to convince a team to expend a high pick on him, something that was a possibility given the lack of other top pitchers available.
As it turned out, Holliday went first overall, to the Orioles, and Jones was second, going to the Diamondbacks, with Rocker being taken third by the Texas Rangers on the strength of an excellent performance in the Frontier League.
|31||Colorado Rockies||Sterlin Thompson||OF||University of Florida (Col.)||Ocala, FL||Compensation for Trevor Story|
|32||Cincinnati Reds||Sal Stewart||3B||Westminster Christian School (H.S.)||Miami, FL||Compensation for Nick Castellanos|
Competitive Balance Round A
|33||Baltimore Orioles||Dylan Beavers||OF||University of California, Berkeley (Col.)||Paso Robles, CA|
|34||Arizona Diamondbacks||Landon Sims||P||Mississippi State University (Col.)||Cumming, GA|
|35||Atlanta Braves||JR Ritchie||P||Bainbridge High School (H.S.)||Bainbridge Island, WA||Obtained from Kansas City for Drew Waters and others|
|36||Pittsburgh Pirates||Thomas Harrington||P||Campbell University (Col.)||Sanford, NC|
|37||Cleveland Guardians||Justin Campbell||P||Oklahoma State University (Col.)||Simi Valley, CA|
|38||Colorado Rockies||Jordan Beck||OF||University of Tennessee (Col.)||Hazel Green, AL|
|39||San Diego Padres||Robby Snelling||P||Robert McQueen High School (H.S.)||Reno, NV|
Other Sports Selections
Not only were the first two picks, Jackson Holliday and Druw Jones, the sons of former major leaguers, but so were two other players selected in the first round: Justin Crawford (#17), son of Carl Crawford, and Cam Collier (#18), son of Lou Collier. It was the first time that four second-generation players had been selected in the first round. The only previous second-generation top selection had been Ken Griffey Jr., in 1989.
Picks #2 through #5 had all participated in the MLB Develops program, aimed at encouraging kids from minority backgrounds to take up baseball, as sign that MLB's recent efforts aimed at increasing diversity were paying dividends.
All first-round picks came to an agreement with the teams that drafted them by the deadline of August 1st. In fact, only two of the first 300 players to be drafted failed to sign, with #81 selection Nolan McLean, taken by Baltimore, the highest-drafted player not to come to terms.
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