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Major League Baseball wrapped up the MLB Draft on its third and final day, just in time to get overshadowed by the All-Star Game.
We’re still learning how much to expect from a draft that only lasts 20 rounds, especially considering the pandemic stalled so many seasons at lower levels. Taking a quick look at last year’s picks, Adam Hackenberg — the catcher out of Clemson who went in the 18th round — is off to the most promising start when accounting for position, but his OPS has sagged below .700 as of late, so adjust your expectations accordingly.
- First round: Noah Schultz, LHP, Oswego East HS
- Second round: Peyton Pallette, RHP, Arkansas
- White Sox’s first two 2022 picks are pitchers who require patience
- 2022 MLB Draft Report: White Sox Day 2 recap
- 2022 FutureSox draft tracke
11th round: Jacob Burke, OF, University of Miami
He hit .347/.425/.599 in his first year for the Hurricanes after transfering from Southeastern Louisiana, and while the 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk rate is a problem at that level, he’s also been plunked 30 times in 131 career NCAA games. He’s more project than most in this draft class.
12th round: Brooks Baldwin, 3B, UNC-Wilmington
He’s the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year after hitting .347/.406/.621, and he’s a switch-hitter who can play three infield positions and all three outfield positions. This is a three-round boost over last year’s draft, when the Giants selected him in the 15th round. He has his fans, especially after a promising Cape showing.
13th round: Mason Adams, RHP, Jacksonville University
He’s a senior signing with a low-90s fastball and two average secondary pitches, so he seems like the kind of pitcher who will hopefully make an A-ball manager’s life easier. He’s the last of the ranked players on Baseball America’s top 500.
14th round: Shane Murphy, LHP, Chandler Gilbert CC
Murphy, a 6-foot-5-inch, 210-pound lefty, was one of the best pitchers in Arizona’s high school ranks back in 2019, but here he is, getting drafted for the first time out of JuCo ranks. He struck out 13 against two walks over nine innings for the Coyotes, for what that’s worth.
15th round: Billy Seidl, RHP, Duke
Seidl, who stands 6 feet and 220 pounds, saw his control backslide in his second year with the Blue Devils. He issued 43 free bases (34 walks, nine HBPs) over 43⅔ innings.
16th round: Tristan Stivors, RHP, Texas State
Stivors had a great season in relief for Texas State, going 7-1 with a 2.21 ERA and 18 saves while striking out 86 batters against just 19 walks over 61 innings. He attacks with sliders and curves more than a low-90s fastball …
… and he also seems to have a bit of the ass.
17th round: Nick Altermatt, RHP, Minnesota State-Mankato
Altermatt was a two-way player for the D2 program, going 10-1 with a 2.93 ERA and 75 strikeouts over 58⅓ innings on the mound while hitting .378/.444/.700 over 47 games at the plate. That he’s listed as a right-handed pitcher suggests a commitment to throwing.
18th round: Bryce Willits, 3B, UC-Santa Barbara
A teammate of fourth-round pick Jordan Sprinkle, the White Sox now have the left side of the Gauchos infield. He hit .302/.410/.517 at third base, but 10 homers over 142 collegiate games suggests strength is lacking.
19th round: Drake Logan, 3B, Shelton State CC
Logan was on track to jump from one Tuscaloosa team to another, but this selection interrupts potential transfer plans to the University of Alabama. He hit .362/.480/.485 over 51 games. A product of Colorado Springs, Logan was listed as 6 feet, 145 pounds as a high school senior, but now he’s up to 6’4″ and 185 on the Crimson Tide’s records.
20th round: Ethan Hammerberg, RHP, Ohio State
The 12th and final pitcher of the White Sox’s 2022 draft class struck out 49 batters against nine walks over 35⅓ innings. He also gave up nine homers and plunked 11, which are the peripherals that have you hang around until the last round.