August 13, 2022

2022 MLB Draft Day 3 full coverage

2022 MLB Draft Day 3 full coverage

The MLB Draft 2022 wraps up today with Day Three, covering the last 300 picks in rounds 11-20 with no delays between selections, all heard live on MLB.com.

Stay tuned here throughout the day as we highlight the notable selections from Day Three.

Pick 9 (ranked 325 overall): Royals, David Sandlin, RHB, Oklahoma (ranked No. 206 Prospect project by MLB Pipeline): Kansas City has had a pitcher with some NCAA success after Sandlin’s 10-time Big 12 win over Kansas State, defeating Florida in the regional and hitting 12 against Texas A&M at the College World Series. The 6-foot-4 right-hand man has an average speed of 91-93 mph, but the slide and ball bend is above average.

Pick 12 (ranked 328 overall): Angels, Caden Dana, RHP, Don Bosco Prep (NJ) HS (No. 119): The Halos may have some work to do to prevent Dana from fulfilling his commitment to Kentucky. The original Garden State already hits 95 mph with its fastball and features promising mid-’70s curve game. There is some drop left in his 6-foot-4 frame as well, which means things could go even higher in future seasons.

Pick 16 (ranked 332 overall): Phillies, Emaarion Boyd, OF, South Panola (Miss. HS)No. 245): If Boyd joined Philadelphia, he would immediately become one of the Phils’ fastest prospects. His home-to-first times were clocked at under four seconds, and that’s from the right-hand side. Hitting and fielding need polishing, especially when it comes to avoiding selling to gain strength and staying within himself on the board.

Pick 18 (ranked 334 overall): Athletics, Christian Opport, LHP, Columbus (Wes.) HS)No. 227): Still only 17 for four more days, Oppo is already showing a full range of pitches with a fast ball, a slob and a slider from the 6-foot-1 tire, and there should be more speed as he adds good weight in the years to come. He is considered highly signed with his commitment to Junior College in Gulf Coast State (Florida).

Pick 27 (ranked 343 overall): Astros, Ryan Clifford, OF, Crossroads FLEX HS (NC) (number 92): Clifford is the first member of the MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 players to fall off the board on day three. The left-handed batting player has been a fixture for the US Nationals over the past half decade due to his beautiful left-handed swing assisting his batting for medium and power. He’ll head to the mighty Vanderbilt if the Astros can’t sign him.

Pick 2 (ranked 348th overall): D-backs, Malachi Witherspoon, RHP, Fletcher (Fla.) HS)No. 148): Witherspoon’s speed started picking up this spring, and he will now touch 95 mph and sit around 92-93 with the heater on. His curve ball sure caught the attention of Arizona as it averages around 3,000 rpm, and those two pitches alone could make him a pro in time.

Pick 8 (ranked 354 overall): Twins, Nate Bays, C, Arizona State (No. 236): Previously on the team as a super agent, Baez settled into the lead capture role for the Sun Demons in 2021 and never looked back. He hit .319/.403/.562 with 10 eyebrows over 57 games when he was young this spring, putting him right on the draft board. Bayes may be just an average defensive player, but the twins lack Musk in the top 30, which helps him stay behind the plate.

Pick #19 (generally #365): Braves, Justin Janas, 1B, Illinois: Janas won the big ten-stroke title averaging 391 in 2021 and followed that up with a solid .349/ .493/ .537 streak as a junior builder this spring. He left Fighting Illini with a .494 OBP during his three seasons on campus.

Pick 21 (ranked 367 overall): Cardinals, Michael Curialle, OF/3B, UCLA (No. 247): Curialle is listed as a short stopover in the draft tracker but looks likely to head into third or a corner point. He hit .319/ .395/ .479 with five lucky catches in 58 games this spring and scored a 1,003 OPS in 13 games for Trenton of the MLB Draft League prior to that transfer to St. Louis.

Pick 1 (377): Orioles, Jared Beck, LHP, St. Leo University: Giants Shawn Hegel Newspaper headlines When he debuted on the Major League Hill at 6 feet 11, he tied Jon Rauch as the Tallest player in MLB history. Beck could separate them both, if he did the show. Saint Leo southpaw records at 7 feet. Beck had a 3.95 ERA with 105 strikes in a 68 1/3 round this spring for the Division II Program.

Pick 4 (ranked 380 overall): Pirates, Miguel Fulgencio, LHP, Cowley County (Kan.) CC: Fulgencio first entered the ranks of the NCAA as an Oklahoma State retreat, only to teach himself how to promote by watching YouTube videos during the pandemic. After transferring to Kansas Junior College, he threw 90-96 mph using his fastball and features a tight slider as a relief arm.

Pick 5 (ranked 381 overall): Citizens, Marquis Grissom Jr., RHB, Georgia Tech: Marquis Grissom began his career with six seasons with the Montreal Show. His son joined the same franchise three decades later. Younger Grissom has amassed 57 over 61 runs as a start for Georgia Tech this season.

Pick 11 (ranked 387 overall): Tigers, Dom Johnson, OF, Kansas State (No. 239): Johnson could have gotten into the 2020 draft if it hadn’t been shortened to five rounds. He was one of the fastest members of this class to graduate from high school, and that’s still true here. He led the Cap in last summer’s heists with 14 robberies and hit .345/.419/.593 with 12 robberies this year after moving from Oklahoma to Kansas.

Pick 23 (ranked 399 overall): Red Sox, Gavin Kilen, SS, Milton (Wis.) HS)number 100): Badger State has a recent history of sending quality prep items to pros like Gavin Lux and Owen Miller, and Kilen might be next in line. His hand-eye coordination and board coverage are among the best for the 2022 high school students, though the bigger questions come on the defensive side. Klein is the fourth short-stop Boston drafted in this course.

Pick 29 (ranked 405 overall): Dodgers, Chris Newell, OF, Virginia (No. 190): Newell was one of the MLB Pipeline’s top 100 projects in 2019 but fell behind because he didn’t make the most of his tools in college. His above-average speed could make him a quality center player in the Pro, but he’ll need to reduce his swing and miss in the face of the breaking stuff.

Pick 24 (ranked 430 overall): Yankees, Kris Bow, RHP, College of Southern Nevada: Bow hails from the same junior college as Bryce Harper in 2010, but he may have made his way into this tour with a fine performance at the Cape this summer. The 6-foot-4 right-hander posted a 2.12 ERA with 19 strikes in 17 runs for Dennis Yarmouth, thanks to his mid-’90s fastball and low ’80s slide.

Pick 29 (ranked 435 overall): Dodgers, Jose Izarra, SS, Florida Southwestern State College: Born in Venezuela, Izarra made his college debut in Miami but transferred to Junior College this year to get more playing time. Questions remain about his generic racket, but he is quick to fire with good hands and a strong arm.