2022 MLB Draft

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New MLB.com mock, if the real draft plays out this way, this place will collectively freak out:

24. Red Sox: Jett Williams, SS, Rockwall-Heath HS, Tex. (No. 21)
As Mr. Callis mentioned last week, Williams could go higher than this, but he might not get past here, though Boston is looking at the remaining college bats (Thompson, Beck, Jacob Melton).
The rest of the AL East in draft order:

1. Orioles: Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan HS, Ga. (No. 1)
Jones is the choice if they go with the best player, and it feels like Termarr Johnson is the best option in terms of getting a really good player and saving the most money. Jackson Holliday might be the compromise between those two, with Brooks Lee the “get there faster” college option.
23. Blue Jays: Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison University (No. 18)
DeLauter is definitely in the mix here, and if he goes ahead of this spot (and his name seems to be gaining some steam), Gilbert would come into play if the Cards don’t take him, as would Thompson. Prep bat Tucker Toman is in the mix as well.
25. Yankees: Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny HS, Pa. (No. 20)
If the Yankees wanted to go the pitching route, they might look at someone like Tennessee's Blade Tidwell. The same group of college hitters are in the mix here, but they definitely would be interested if Young didn’t go above them.
And...

29. Rays: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Tri-City (No. 38)
The Rays could get pretty creative because they have four picks on Day 1 (65, 70, 71). Rocker is still the Draft's biggest wild card because of his injury history, but I could see a team hoping to contend this year (Padres, Phillies, Giants, other possibilities) rolling the dice on the 22-year-old and getting him up to the big leagues in September or October as a multiple-inning leverage type of reliever.
EDIT: Why is the format like this?
EDIT 2: Fixed it.
 
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ehaz

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Speaking of sons - Druw Jones (son of Andruw), Jackson Holliday (son of Matt), and Justin Crawford (son of Carl) are all projected first rounders. Druw and Jackson could easily go #1 and #2 overall. Wow I'm feeling old.
 

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Klaw now has them on Florida 2B sophomore Sterlin Thompson (with the Phillies on Rocker at 17)

I do think they’re seriously considering Rocker if he gets here. Jordan Beck, Brock Jones, Cooper Hjerpe, even one of the hurt pitchers like Connor Prielipp would also fit.
 

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Typically we post Sox info here. Not usually a game thread. First few Sox picks even get their own thread.
 

Yelling At Clouds

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The MLB draft is crapshoot-y to begin with, so might as well take a big swing, you know?

EDIT: I guess this logic led the Red Sox to Trey Ball.
 

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I don't follow college baseball much (and certainly not HS baseball), but the degree to which the Holliday family is tied to Stillwater, OK, is insane.
 
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The MLB draft is crapshoot-y to begin with, so might as well take a big swing, you know?

EDIT: I guess this logic led the Red Sox to Trey Ball.
In 1966, the KC Athletics, drafting no 2, picked a guy named Reggie Jackson. The Mets, with their no 1 pick chose a player who never made it to the majors. On the other hand, there have been future Hall of Famers who were picked way down. With football and basketball prospects, you can pretty much project what you've got, but with baseball, it is indeed a crapshoot. How do you know that hard thrower will develop better control and decent breaking stuff? How do you know that "natural" hitter will do against major league breaking stuff when they've never had a chance to go up against it.
 
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I watched all of Rockers starts in Troy. First game he seemed a little shaky, but the rest he really looked great, and was hitting high 90s. Would've loved for him to fall to the Sox.
 

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Mets just took Jett Williams, one of the players who'd previously been mocked to Boston.

I think I'm hoping they take Daniel Susac just because catcher seems like a persistent organizational weak spot - not because I necessarily know anything about him beyond his position! - but I don't expect him to fall that far.