Top 10 Prospects: 2022 MLB Draft

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It took five and a half hours, but the first day of the 2022 MLB Draft came and went. There were surprises, there were questionable choices, and there was a lot of waiting.

Now let’s take a look at the best fantasy odds that were crafted on Sunday. Keep in mind that this is for fictional purposes only, not a list of the best drafted players. Remember, too, that these players must sign before they can enter the system, but the vast majority of players selected in the first two rounds end up playing professional baseball.

Without further ado, here are the top 10 fictional odds shaped over the first 80 picks.

1. Drew Jones, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jones may have been the draft’s second pick, but in terms of a fanciful upside, no one is close. The son of former – and future Hall of Famer – star Andruw Jones, Druw is a five-tool talent, with a chance to be well above average in everything you can do on an off-field baseball field. He really does show extra strength, he’s an easy runner plus, and while there might be some swing and miss in his game, there’s plenty of hard contact and it looks like he could be the rare player who doesn’t matter. Add his impressive defense, and that’s a special possibility. Corbin Carroll. Jordan Lawler. Jones. Things are getting better, Arizona.

And: 2024

2. Elijah GreenAnd the A citizen of Washington

Green is also the son of a former All-Star, but in this case he is a Pro Bowler and is former TE Eric Green. Not surprisingly, he’s the son of a former soccer player of his size (6’3/225), a Class 70 runner with a 20-80 scale and a strong throwing arm. He also has tremendous superpowers in his right-hand racket, and he can be a 30/30 player. The danger here is that Greene has a swing which indicates hitting par could be a problem, but if he hits the potential strength/stealth, it doesn’t matter. There is more risk here than Jones, but the reward is (likely) similar.

And: 2025

3. Jackson Holiday, SS, Baltimore Orioles

Hi there he is. Holliday was (surprisingly?) the first pick overall, the son of former All-Star Matt Holliday. Yes, I am getting old. Holliday can make solid contact all over the field, and strength is just a tick below the hitting instrument. It’s also a well above average runner, but it doesn’t quite have the same kind of speed profile as the names above. Holliday should also be able to stay at the Shortstop, but it doesn’t quite match the upside of the first two names above. This isn’t an insult to him, it’s a compliment to Jones and Greene. It’s a fantasy player to add to dynasty formats.

And: 2025

4. Termar Johnson, INF, Pittsburgh Pirates

Johnson is billed as a short lead, but no evaluators I spoke to think this is a long-term position because he’s a medium-arm runner. That’s really the only negative thing here. Johnson has the best hit tool in the class regardless of setup or college, and there’s extra strength in his left racket too. Will he have to max out to reach High Draft status (fourth overall) in real life, but in fiction? An average player being able to hit for this kind of average pop is baffling, to say the least.

And: 2025

5. Brooks Lee, Inf, Minnesota Twins

Yes, college players were taken on Sunday. Lee was the best of them all in terms of imaginative upside as a player who hits from both sides of the board, hitting from both sides of the board well. The hitter is the calling card, but Lee also has above-average strength, a fast sneak runner who can steal double-digit bags. The concern here is that Lee is almost certainly heading into third base, but again, this is the kind of bat that could have fantastic value in any location.

And: 2024

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6. Cam Collier, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

Draft theft? Draft theft. Collier is not only one of the top potential players in this group, but one of the youngest; He doesn’t even turn 18 until November 20. He already shows a great feel for the barrel, and there is at least an above-average power potential in his left hand swing. Collier is the player you have to wait for or the longest because of his age, but if he reaches his ceiling, he will be worth it.

And: 2025

7. Kumar Rucker, RHP, Texas Rangers

First of all, this is awesome. Rucker’s story is well known at this point, but seeing him rank third overall after what he tackled last year should warm even the coldest of hearts. And it’s also very good. The rocker slide is the outside court, but it can also keep hitters honest with a fastball in the mid-’90s, and there’s a decent curve here for good measure. The only reason he rated this “low” is because of potential injury concerns — the other names on here are pretty good too — but in terms of a fanciful upside, he would be the bowler I want.

And: 2024

8. Justin Crawford, Philadelphia Phyllis

Nothing to do with him, but he’s the son of Carl Crawford (note: every possibility coined today is the son of someone I loved watching not so long ago). He’s not quite as fast as Papa, but he’s an easy, double runner and ventures to be a major stealth threat at the highest level. He also has a chance of getting into the average, and there could be some untapped strength if he adds more loft. Even if he doesn’t, the hit/speed combination makes it an intriguing fantasy choice someday.

And: 2025

9. Dylan Lesko, RHP, San Diego Padres

Lesko was the 14th pick for the draft, but had it not been for the fact that he had Tommy John’s surgery in April, he would have gone several — and we really mean several — higher picks. He has the addition of a fastball and curve combo, but the reason for the excitement is to change it. He’s the best in class, and he might just be an 80-degree show when all is said and done. He replicates his delivery well, and the RPMs he generates on his floors will make him an analytical darling. The injury is troubling, but the reward greatly outweighs the risks, at least in terms of imaginability.

And: 2025

10. Kevin Parada, C, New York Mets

The Mets earned that pick as compensation for not signing with the Rocker, and while I prefer the pitcher a bit, the Parada is much more than a consolation prize. He’s a catcher who made 26 home at Georgia Tech this year, and his pace, power and speed suggest he could be a power hitter at the highest level. He’s not just a grip and tear guy, as Parada has a good feel for the barrel and projects to be an assistant in the mid-range. What he doesn’t currently expect is to be a great defensive player behind the board, and a change of situation is out of the question. Having said that, we’ve seen the worst defenders play for a long time as a defender, and if Parada can stay there, he’s a potential long-term star.

Next in line: Gavin Cross, OF, Kansas City Royals; Chase Delauter, Cleveland Guardians; Cole Young, INF, Seattle Mariners; Jess Jong, 2B, Detroit Tigers

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