2022 MLB Draft Report: Mock Draft III

There’s little clarity on which direction the Chicago White Sox could go with their first-round pick ten days from now. Last year, the drum beat for Colson Montgomery got louder and louder leading up to the draft making it clear he was the White Sox preferred first-round choice. So far, that decision is looking great. Montgomery is now on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospect list and continues to find ways to reach on-base in 40-plus straight games.

Even though it’s not currently clear who will be the White Sox preferred target at Pick 26, the types of players that will be available are in focus. Even though the teams drafting in the Top 15 are not considering many of the college starting pitchers, the White Sox could have their pick of the litter. While I think it’s an unlikely direction, a few college outfielders should be available, too.

If the White Sox wanted to try and duplicate last year’s strategy of drafting a prep bat, I believe that direction would be Tucker Toman. However, the White Sox must add more pitching to their farm system.

Below are the players I would target if running the White Sox draft covering their first three rounds.

Pick 26: Blade Tidwell, RHP, Tennessee

Pick Slot Value: $2,788,000

Signing Bonus Guess: Slot

FutureSox Draft Spotlight: Blade Tidwell

After watching Blade Tidwell against Alabama back in April, I thought he could be a good target for the White Sox. Primarily a fastball-slider pitcher now, Tidwell can possess a mid-90s four-seamer and the ability to throw multiple breaking pitches. Following the models of Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech. He can throw a changeup against left-handers but will need more time. 

Speaking of time, Tidwell didn’t throw many innings in 2022 thanks to an injury that kept him sidelined until March 30th. Tennessee coaching staff did an excellent job of easing Tidwell back into work and kept him below 100 pitches thrown in any appearance this season. Tidwell had only one appearance where he went more than five innings which was on June 3rd against Alabama State in NCAA Regionals. Tidwell went 7.2 scoreless innings allowing just three hits while striking out seven. In his last college appearance, Notre Dame beat Tidwell for five runs in three innings. 

The White Sox would be getting a right-handed pitcher with two-plus pitches that could rise through their farm system. It probably would be best to give him the rest of 2022 off from game action to ensure his injury is fully healed before a full workload in 2023. 

Pick 62: Bryce Hubbart, LHP, Florida State

Pick Slot Value: $1,158,600 

Signing Bonus Guess: Slot

Bryce Hubbart had a very strong to the 2022 season, where he struck out 51 batters in his first five starts. Then he hit a midseason slump that saw him miss a start in late April. Hubbart would bounce back the following week with his best start of 2022, where he pitched seven scoreless innings, only allowing one hit while striking out 11 batters. 

It’s a four-pitch mix profile for Hubbart, who throws a low 90’s four-seamer with two breaking pitches (slider and curve) and a changeup. While his strikeout totals are impressive (96 K’s in 76 IP), Hubbart does need to improve his control of the four-seamer. At times, Hubbart misses arm side that watches his four-seamer sail wide away from right-handed hitters. The slider is a very effective strikeout pitch when he can locate the four-seamer, especially inside on righties. 

Pick 101: Trey Lipscomb, Third Baseman, Tennessee

Pick Slot Value: $606,300

Signing Bonus Guess: $500,000

As a 22-year-old Senior, Trey Lipscomb doesn’t have a lot of leverage when it comes to draft negotiations. But when you hit .355/.428/.717 with 22 HR and 84 RBI against quality college opponents, that draws attention to Lipscomb for teams hoping to add an advanced bat into their farm system. 

Watching Lipscomb throughout the season, I’m most impressed by his power to right-center field. He has an excellent swing path with the barrel whipping through the zone. 

Again, Lipscomb is on the older side but is worth a $500,000 bonus to prove he can still swing a hot bat in the minors. 

Full First Round Mock

PickTeamPickPositionSchool
1OriolesDruw JonesOFWesleyan HS (GA)
2DiamondbacksJackson HollidaySSStillwater HS (OK)
3RangersElijah GreenOFIMG Academy (FL)
4PiratesCam Collier3BChipola JC
5NationalsTermarr Johnson2BMays HS (GA)
6MarlinsBrooks LeeSSCal Poly
7CubsKevin ParadaCGeorgia Tech
8TwinsGavin CrossOFVirginia Tech
9RoyalsBrock PorterRHPOrchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep (MI)
10RockiesJacob Berry3BLSU
11MetsJustin CrawfordOFBishop Gorman HS (NV)
12TigersJace Jung2BTexas Tech
13AngelsCade HortonRHPOklahoma
14MetsDrew GilbertOFTennessee
15PadresKumar RockerRHPTri-City ValleyCats
16GuardiansCole YoungSSNorth Allegheny HS (PA)
17PhilliesBrandon BarrieraLHPAmerican Heritage Plantation HS (FL)
18RedsZach NetoSSCampbell
19AthleticsDaniel SusacCArizona
20BravesJett WilliamsSSRockwell-Heath HS (TX)
21MarinersJordan BeckOFTennessee
22CardinalsChase DeLauterOFJames Madison
23Blue JaysConnor PrielippLHPAlabama
24Red SoxDylan BeaversOFCal
25YankeesSterlin ThompsonOFFlorida
26White SoxBlade TidwellRHPTennessee
27BrewersJustin CampbellRHPOklahoma State
28AstrosGabriel HughesRHPGonzaga
29RaysJackson FerrisLHPIMG Academy (FL)
30GiantsCooper HjerpeLHPOregon State
31RockiesEric BrownSSCoastal Carolina
32RedsCarson WhisenhuntLHPEast Carolina
33OriolesTucker Toman3BHammond HS (SC)
34DiamondbacksBrock JonesOFStanford
35RoyalsJacob MillerRHPLiberty Union HS (OH)
36PiratesThomas HarringtonRHPCampbell
37GuardiansIan (JR) RitchieRHPBainbridge Island HS (WA)
38RockiesJonathan CannonRHPGeorgia
39PadresLandon SimsRHPMississippi State
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upnorthsox

So where do you have Ivan Melendez going? It’s not in the 1st rd, so is he gone before they pick in the 2nd? I would love to see him fall to the Sox there. I would prefer they take a flier on the best of the injured pitchers in the 3rd.

I haven’t decided for the first pick yet, leaning towards Justin Campbell who I see you have going right after the Sox.

Trooper Galactus

Given how Colson Montgomery is turning out, I have a bit more confidence in the White Sox ability to actually develop top prep talent at least. (Wes Kath’s struggles notwithstanding.) That said, Tidwell would be an interesting add if they can develop his changeup.

Right Size Wrong Shape

I still think you are overly dour on Kath. He had a terrible April, but then a decent May and an excellent June. I would say he’s holding his own for a guy in his first full professional season.

upnorthsox

I haven’t given up on him yet but 18 errors and a 40% K rate makes it hard to stay optimistic.

Right Size Wrong Shape

Young guys tend to make a lot of errors and strike out a lot. If he doesn’t improve then sure, but I think this year has been a fine starting point so far.

soxygen

Thanks for all the work you put into this, Josh. I may be powerless on draft day, but thanks to you I am not uninformed.

christmastime

peyton graham please