2022 MLB Draft Report: Mock Draft 1.0

There are still three months away when teams begin selecting their first-round picks in this year’s MLB Draft, but it’s a good time to readjust by conducting a Mock Draft. This exercise helps hone in on prospects that weren’t considered preseason first-round grade but have played well enough to get consideration now. Vice versa, this Mock Draft exercise will highlight which preseason Top 10 prospects are beginning to drop because they are not living up to expectations. 

Here’s where we stand on the 2022 MLB Draft class with College Baseball season past the midway point and prep seasons are in full swing. 

How are we feeling about this MLB Draft Class? 

James Fox: Lots of exciting hitters in prep and college class. Some college pitchers have improved but the overall class has been rough. 

Josh Nelson:  Injuries and poor performance have significantly shifted where players are ranked. I imagine scouting departments, such as the Chicago White Sox, are having difficulty zeroing on particular players. This draft could see a preseason Top 10 draft prospect falls to the White Sox at Pick 26. 

Do you think the White Sox should continue recent trends and focus on prep players early (Rounds 1 through 3)? 

James Fox: They could take a college starter in the first round because there might be value on the board, but my hope is they go prep in the first two rounds. 

Josh Nelson: For a team trying to win a World Series in 2022, we are learning that having the worst farm system in MLB hinders making significant improvements via trade. Teams on the rebuilding path want to go younger. The only way to get your farm system younger is to draft prep players and sign teenagers out of the international market. Of course, this year’s first-round pick is not eligible to be traded until after the season. Still, age is something to be mindful of for the White Sox as they look to restock their farm system. 

Mock Draft 1.0 

  1. Baltimore Orioles
    James Fox: Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan HS (GA)
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks
    Josh Nelson: Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly
  3. Texas Rangers
    James: Dylan Lesko, RHP, Buford HS (GA)
  4. Pittsburgh Pirates
    Josh: Termarr Johnson, SS, Mays HS (GA)
  5. Washington Nationals
    James: Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy
  6. Miami Marlins
    Josh: Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU
  7. Chicago Cubs
    James: Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech
  8. Minnesota Twins
    Josh: Jace Jung, 2B, Texas Tech
  9. Kansas City Royals
    James: Jackson Ferris, LHP, IMG Academy
  10. Colorado Rockies
    Josh: Brandon Barriera, LHP, American Heritage Plantation HS (FL)
  11. New York Mets
    James: Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater HS (OK)
  12. Detroit Tigers
    Josh: Daniel Susac, C, Arizona
  13. Los Angeles Angels
    James: Hunter Barco, LHP, Florida
  14. New York Mets
    Josh: Chase DeLauter, OF, James Madison
    Note: DeLauter is now out for at least three weeks due to injury.
  15. San Diego Padres
    James: Cam Collier, 3B, Chipola JC
  16. Cleveland Guardians
    Josh: Cole Young, SS, North Allegheny HS (PA)
  17. Philadelphia Phillies
    James: Noah Schultz, LHP, Oswego East HS (IL)
  18. Cincinnati Reds
    Josh: Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech
  19. Oakland Athletics
    James: Justin Campbell, RHP, Oklahoma State
  20. Atlanta Braves
    Josh: Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vanderbilt
  21. Seattle Mariners
    James: Robert Moore, 2B, Arkansas
  22. St. Louis Cardinals
    Josh: Logan Tanner, C, Mississippi State
  23. Toronto Blue Jays
    James: Connor Prielipp, LHP, Alabama
  24. Boston Red Sox
    Josh: Mikey Romero, SS, Orange Lutheran HS (CA)
  25. New York Yankees
    James: Jordan Beck, OF, Tennessee
  26. Chicago White Sox
    James: Justin Crawford, OF, Bishop Gorman HS (NV)
    The 6-2 175 pounder has been gaining helium as a draft prospect and maybe a difficult signing to forgo his commitment at LSU next year. The White Sox took prep bats with their first two selections in the 2021 class, and they go back to the well here in the first round. Crawford, the son of former big leaguer Carl Crawford, is 18-years-old and hits left-handed. He’s one of the best athletes in the class and regularly displays plus-plus run times. He’s always had solid bat-to-ball skills, but the power potential has shown more often this spring. Adding a premium teenage prospect that can play in center field long-term would be an excellent outcome for the White Sox with the 26th overall pick in the first round.

    Josh: Gabriel Hughes, RHP, Gonzaga
    After allowing just seven runs in his first five starts, Hughes appears to be slowing down as he’s allowed 12 runs in his last three outings over 19.1 innings. Even hitting a midseason bump in the road, Hughes has 74 strikeouts to just 17 walks in 50.1 innings this season. His ERA is now at 3.04, and Hughes has only allowed two home runs. I think there’s the ability to gain velocity on his fastball once he becomes a pro, and the slider is an above-average pitch. In some ways, Hughes reminds me of Michael Kopech with that combination and the need to learn a third pitch. Selecting Hughes, the White Sox will add some needed starting pitching depth to their organization. Not just to prepare for future injuries but also to protect themselves if a long-term contract cannot be agreed upon with Lucas Giolito.
  27. Milwaukee Brewers
    James: Jud Fabian, OF, Florida
  28. Houston Astros
    Josh: Brock Jones, OF, Stanford
  29. Tampa Bay Rays
    James: Carson Whisenhunt, LHP, ECU
  30. Los Angeles Dodgers
    Josh: Brock Porter, RHP, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep (MI)
  31. San Francisco Giants
    James: Cade Doughty, 2B, LSU
  32. Colorado Rockies
    Josh: Blade Tidwell, RHP, Tennessee
  33. Cincinnati Reds
    James: Jordan Sprinkle, SS, UC-Santa Barbara
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How far do you guys think the other’s pick would fall if not picked there?


Carl Crawford was an excellent player for a long time, his son will be a very good draft pick if he’s half as good. What are the junior Crawford’s flaws as a player at the moment? I’m just not certain he would fall to 26, scouts really love major league bloodlines like his for good reason.


I really think the sox need some arms in the upper levels, their SP depth is pretty weak and the big club probably moves on from Kuechel this year, and may have a hard time keeping Giolito around after 2023. 1st round if the top catchers are off the board I probably would go college starting pitcher and focus on prep hitters rounds 2 and 3. I am huge on bloodlines as well, so the crawford pick would be exciting/tempting…..just not sure it fits with where the sox are at and how the organizations depth chart looks.