2022 MLB Draft Report: Top 100 update features new targets for White Sox

We have another update for the Top 100 Average MLB Draft Rankings as both MLB.com and Prep Baseball Report shuffled their Top 200 prospect lists. As an industry, it’s almost a consensus that the top six players in some order are:

  • Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan HS (GA)
  • Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy (FL)
  • Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays HS (GA)
  • Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater HS (OK)
  • Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly
  • Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech

Harken to our 2022 MLB Draft Report looking at the preseason “Sensational Seven.” It’s good to see Druw Jones, Elijah Green, Termarr Johnson, and Brooks Lee continue to play well enough to be considered selected number one overall.

Jackson Holliday’s draft profile has skyrocketed the last month as he has been mashing Oklahoma prep pitching. His blend of power and pedigree (His father is former All-Star Matt Holliday) has garnered much attention. 

I’ve always been a fan of Kevin Parada, and he’s made a giant leap at the plate, hitting 26 HR and 85 RBI with a crazy .356/.451/.728 slash line. 

What’s shocking for this updated Top 100 is only seeing one pitcher in the Top 10, Dylan Lesko, and his 2022 season ended abruptly, needing Tommy John surgery. Prep pitchers are scattered in the Top 20, but the first college pitcher you’ll find is Alabama’s LHP Connor Prielipp, and he hasn’t pitched this season rehabbing from his Tommy John surgery. 

However, before the SEC Conference Tournament started, Prielipp did throw a bullpen in front of scouts, and the results were promising. 

From a White Sox perspective, new possibilities have emerged for their first-round pick. In the past, it was easy to narrow the field down to just college pitchers, college hitters, or like last year, prep bats. Not this year, as they are open to all possibilities, even taking a prep pitcher in the first round, which they haven’t done since 2001.

Drew Gilbert, OF, Tennessee

We know the White Sox need more left-handed bats to help combat their issues against right-handed pitching. With a more comprehensive view, they are attempting to develop a few spending significant resources on 2021 first rounder Colson Montgomery and top international signee Oscar Colas. Tennessee outfielder Drew Gilbert could be a possible fit at pick 26. 

Gilbert was selected as 2022 All-SEC First Team and All-Defensive Team manning center field for the #1-ranked Volunteers. Despite his smallish body frame (5’9”, 185 lbs), Gilbert does an excellent job of reading batted balls off the bat and takes good routes giving him a high floor. There’s little question about his arm strength, and it may be a plus attribute if moved to right field. 

As for his ceiling, well, that depends on how Gilbert continues to develop offensively. His walk rate has increased from a poor 4.95% in 2021 to 15.2% this season before the SEC Tournament. That improved pitch recognition has helped Gilbert put up an impressive 1.175 OPS with 8 HR and 57 RBI in 2022. 

Robby Snelling, LHP, McQueen HS (NV)

Another prep player seeing their draft stock skyrocket is LHP Robby Snelling from Reno, Nevada. Last year, Snelling was flirting with a two-sport commit at the University of Arizona to play baseball and football, where he was once a four-star linebacker. When Jay Johnson left Arizona for the same head coaching job at LSU, Snelling changed his commitment but is now focusing just on baseball. 

When watching Snelling on the mound, you notice the linebacker build. It’s a stout 6’3” 220 lbs body frame, and the velocity has jumped in 2022. During national showcases in 2020 and 2021, Snelling would range from 91 to 94 mph. In 2022, Snelling has hit 97-mph in bullpen sessions but game footage is still around 90 to 91 mph. That velocity potential paired with a plus-curveball, and that’s why Snelling is considered a possible first-round pick. Snelling set the Nevada state record with 20 strikeouts in a seven-inning game a month ago. 

Roman Anthony, OF, Stoneman Douglas HS (FL)

Any team looking to add a power-hitting bat will keep tabs on Roman Anthony. Anthony has already showcased his power potential during the national showcase circuit, putting on a show during home run derbies. Add an impressive 60-yard time at 6.52 seconds, and there are hopes Anthony could be a five-tool type of player. 

The issue is contact, and at times Anthony has demonstrated swing-and-miss tendencies. Any team that selects Anthony will have to be patient with his development to improve pitch recognition and a consistent swing path. 

Top 100 Average 2022 MLB Draft Rankings
(Updated 5/26/2022)

RankPre. RankPlayer NamePosition(s)School
11Druw JonesOFWesleyan HS (GA)
22Elijah GreenOFIMG Academy (FL)
33Termarr Johnson2BMays HS (GA)
44Brooks LeeSSCal Poly
55Jackson HollidaySSStillwater HS (OK)
66Kevin ParadaCGeorgia Tech
77Jace Jung2BTexas Tech
89Gavin CrossOFVirgina Tech
910Daniel SusacCArizona
108Dylan LeskoRHPBuford HS (GA)
1111Jacob Berry3BLSU
1212Cam Collier3BChipola JC
1314Brandon BarrieraLHPAmerican Heritage Plantation HS (FL)
1415Brock PorterRHPOrchard Lake St. Marys Prep (MI)
1513Jordan BeckOFTennessee
1616Jackson FerrisLHPIMG Academy (FL)
1719Zach NetoSSCampbell
1817Chase DeLauterOFJames Madison
1920Connor PrielippLHPAlabama
2018Andrew DutkanychRHPBrebeuf HS (IN)
2123Jett WilliamsSSRockwell-Heath HS (TX)
2221Blade TidwellRHPTennessee
2322Cole YoungSSNorth Allegheny HS (PA)
2427Sterlin ThompsonOFFlorida
2525Noah SchultzLHPOswego East (HS)
2624Dylan BeaversOFCal
2730Gabriel HughesRHPGonzaga
2826Drew GilbertOFTennessee
2929Justin CrawfordOFBishop Gorman HS (NV)
3035Justin CampbellRHPOklahoma State
3128Jud FabianOFFlorida
3233Logan TannerCMississippi State
3334Carson WhisenhuntLHPEast Carolina
3432Ian (JR) RitchieRHPBainbridge Island HS (WA)
3542Cooper HjerpeLHPOregon State
3631Walter FordRHPPace HS (FL)
3740Tucker Toman3BHammond HS (SC)
3843Kumar RockerRHPIndependent
3938Cade Doughty2BLSU
4036Peyton PalletteRHPArkansas
4137Jacob MillerRHPLiberty Union HS (OH)
4241Brock JonesOFStanford
4339Landon SimsRHPMississippi State
4445Thomas HarringtonRHPCampbell
4561Jonathan CannonRHPGeorgia
4650Tristan SmithLHPBoiling Springs HS (SC)
4748Eric BrownSSCoastal Carolina
4851Adam MazurRHPIowa
4944Mikey RomeroSSOrange Lutheran HS (CA)
5049Cayden Wallace3BArkansas
5146Henry BolteOFPalo Alto HS (CA)
5247Peyton GrahamSSOklahoma
5352Hunter BarcoLHPFlorida
5453Parker MessickLHPFlorida State
5554Cole PhillipsRHPBoerne HS (TX)
5659Malcolm MooreCC.K. McClatchy HS (CA)
5756Reggie CrawfordLHPUConn
5862Brady NealCIMG Academy (FL)
5957Sal Stewart3BWestminster Christian (FL)
60NEWMax Wagner3BClemson
6155Drew ThorpeRHPCal Poly
6269Jackson CoxRHPToutle Lake HS (WA)
6367Owen MurphyRHPRiverside Brookfield HS (IL)
6471Jacob MeltonOFOregon State
6558Bryce HubbartLHPFlorida State
6683Robby SnellingLHPMcQueen HS (NV)
6775Roman AnthonyOFStoneman Douglas HS (FL)
6866Gavin KilenSSMilton HS (WI)
6963Ryan CliffordOFPro5 Academy (NC)
7060Gavin TurleyOFHamilton HS (AZ)
7168Josh KasevichSSOregon
7284Paxton KlingOFCentral Martinsburg HS (PA)
7376Cutter CoffeyRHP/SSLiberty HS (CA)
7472Trystan VrielingRHPGonzaga
7577Cameron SmithSSPalm Beach Central (FL)
7682Nazier MuleSS/RHPPassaic County Tech (NJ)
7765Robert Moore2BArkansas
7870Dalton RushingCLouisville
7964Spencer Jones1BVanderbilt
8081Ryan CermakOFIllinois State
8179Jaden NootRHPSierra Canyon HS (CA)
8273Carson PalmquistLHPMiami
8378Clark ElliottOFMichigan
8487Brycen MautzLHPSan Diego
8580Jake BennettLHPOklahoma
8688Jake MaddenRHPNorthwest Florida State JC
8793Caden DanaRHPDon Bosco Prep (NY)
88101Tanner SchobelSSVirginia Tech
89102Ben JoyceRHPTennessee
9089Trey DombroskiLHPMonmouth
91112Joe Lampe2BArizona State
9274Jordan SprinkleSSUC Santa Barbara
93111Bradley LoftinLHPDeSoto Central (MS)
94138Austin CharlesRHPStockdale HS (CA)
95100Michael KennedyLHPTroy HS (NY)
96178Korbyn DickersonOFTrinity HS (KY)
97113Cade HunterCVirginia Tech
9885Chase ShoresRHPLee HS (TX)
99142Jacob MisiorowskiRHPCrowder JC
10090Luis RamirezRHPLong Beach State
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