2022 MLB Draft Report: Top 150 Prospects

We are heading down the final stretch just days away from starting the MLB Draft on Sunday. Gossip and rumors will continue to swirl right up to when the Baltimore Orioles make their first pick selection. It’s quite the time for Baltimore. They are one of MLB’s hottest teams, thrusting themselves back .500, and will add another premium prospect to their already loaded farm system. 

As our intended goal covering this year’s MLB Draft class since mid-February, we at Sox Machine and FutureSox want to provide as much information as possible on who the White Sox could be selecting this year. It’s not an easy task when the team is making their first selection at Pick 26 and requires casting a wide net of possibilities. 

For our Patreon supporters, you can access the 2022 MLB Draft Database. You will have the Top 150 MLB Draft Prospect Rankings, where each prospect ranks within MLB/Baseball America/ESPN/The Athletic lists, and links to film, too. 

Here’s a breakdown of this year’s Top 150 Draft Prospects by position group.

Top 5 College Hitters

RankOverall RankPlayerPos.School
14Brooks LeeSSCal Poly
27Kevin ParadaCGeorgia Tech
38Jace Jung2BTexas Tech
49Gavin CrossOFVirginia Tech
511Jacob Berry3BLSU

Brooks Lee very well could be the #1 overall pick as Baltimore looks to send additional bonus money to their #33 pick. Lee hit .357/.462/.664 with a 16% BB-rate and just a 9.8% K-rate. Georgia Tech is known as Catchers U. and they produced another great prospect in Kevin Parada who bashed 26 home runs in 2022. 

15 college hitters are ranked within our first 32 prospects. It’s expected to be a heavy hitter first round.

Top 5 College Pitchers

RankOverall RankPlayerThrowsSchool
123Gabriel HughesRHPGonzaga
224Connor PrielippLHPAlabama
326Carson WhisenhuntLHPEast Carolina
433Blade TidwellRHPTennessee
534Cooper HjerpeLHPOregon State

Jim Callis calls this year’s College Pitchers class one of the weirdest he’s seen. There’s the talent to dream on and good pitches that could develop into great ones, but health is a significant issue. Connor Prielipp was considered a preseason Top 10 before needing Tommy John surgery. He’s thrown a bullpen session for scouts before the SEC tournament in May, but his four-seamer was 92 mph, a far drop off from the 97 mph seen last year. 

Carson Whisenhunt missed the NCAA season due to a suspension, so that’s a red flag. His numbers in the Cape Cod league are so-so after four starts, but scouts are still buyers into his plus-changeup. 

For White Sox fans, this is the position group to pay most attention to if the rumors become true. There was a contingent of White Sox personnel watching the Knoxville Regional during NCAA Postseason, where they saw Tennessee’s Blade Tidwell and Campbell’s Thomas Harrington. 

Top 5 Prep Hitters

RankOverall RankPlayerPos.School
11Druw JonesOFWesleyan HS (GA)
22Termarr Johnson2BMays HS (GA)
33Jackson HollidaySSStillwater HS (OK)
45Elijah GreenOFIMG Academy (FL)
56Cam Collier3BChipola JC

Even though Cam Collier played Junior College and the Cape Cod League, he’s just 17 years old. He joins an awe-inspiring group of prep hitters who are the crown jewel of this year’s draft class. Druw Jones and Jackson Holliday have famous MLB dads (Andruw Jones and Matt Holliday); Elijah Green is the son of Eric Green, who was a former NFL Tight End. Termarr Johnson doesn’t have the past bloodlines as his counterparts, but he has one of the most impressive swings and plate approaches. 

The expectation is that all five of these prep hitters will be selected within the first eight picks. 

Top 5 Prep Pitchers

RankOverall RankPlayerThrowsSchool
110Dylan LeskoRHPBuford HS (GA)
215Brock PorterRHPOrchard Lake St. Marys Prep (MI)
318Brandon BarrieraLHPAmerican Heritage Plantation HS (FL)
421Robby SnellingLHPMcQueen HS (NV)
530Jackson FerrisLHPIMG Academy (FL)

Dylan Lesko at one time was considered a potential Top 5 pick, but he would get injured during the season that required Tommy John surgery. Most people still believe he will be taken in the first round and sign a significant bonus to buy out his commitment to Vanderbilt. However, if Lesko slips past pick 15 (San Diego), all eyes will be on the comp-round picks to see if a team has agreed to a big over-slot bonus. If Lesko doesn’t go in the Top 35 of picks, he could be heading to Vanderbilt. It’s one of the big storylines to follow on draft day. 

One of this year’s fast risers is Robby Snelling. At one point, considered a two-sport athlete playing football and baseball at the University of Arizona, Snelling changed his mind to follow Jay Johnson and commit to LSU. At 6’3”, 220 lbs, Snelling has the prototypical body frame scouts covet and believe he has the chance to improve his velocity over time. The White Sox haven’t selected a prep pitcher in the first round since Kris Honel in 2001, and Gio Gonzalez supplement first round in 2004. Snelling could break that streak. 

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Top 150 Rankings

Methodology: This list is a combined average ranking from MLB.com, Baseball America, ESPN, and The Athletic. 

RankPlayer NamePositionSchool
1Druw JonesOFWesleyan HS (GA)
2Termarr Johnson2BMays HS (GA)
3Jackson HollidaySSStillwater HS (OK)
4Brooks LeeSSCal Poly
5Elijah GreenOFIMG Academy (FL)
6Cam Collier3BChipola JC
7Kevin ParadaCGeorgia Tech
8Jace Jung2BTexas Tech
9Gavin CrossOFVirginia Tech
10Dylan LeskoRHPBuford HS (GA)
11Jacob Berry3BLSU
12Zach NetoSSCampbell
13Daniel SusacCArizona
14Jett WilliamsSSRockwell-Heath HS (TX)
15Brock PorterRHPOrchard Lake St. Mary’s Prep (MI)
16Cole YoungSSNorth Allegheny HS (PA)
17Justin CrawfordOFBishop Gorman HS (NV)
18Brandon BarrieraLHPAmerican Heritage Plantation HS (FL)
19Drew GilbertOFTennessee
20Jordan BeckOFTennessee
21Robby SnellingLHPMcQueen HS (NV)
22Chase DeLauterOFJames Madison
23Gabriel HughesRHPGonzaga
24Connor PrielippLHPAlabama
25Jacob MeltonOFOregon State
26Carson WhisenhuntLHPEast Carolina
27Sterlin ThompsonOFFlorida
28Peyton GrahamSSOklahoma
29Tucker Toman3BHammond HS (SC)
30Jackson FerrisLHPIMG Academy (FL)
31Dylan BeaversOFCal
32Brock JonesOFStanford
33Blade TidwellRHPTennessee
34Cooper HjerpeLHPOregon State
35Justin CampbellRHPOklahoma State
36Jacob MillerRHPLiberty Union HS (OH)
37Kumar RockerRHPIndependent
38Ian RitchieRHPBainbridge Island HS (WA)
39Cade HortonRHPOklahoma
40Thomas HarringtonRHPCampbell
41Noah SchultzLHPOswego East (HS)
42Peyton PalletteRHPArkansas
43Dalton RushingCLouisville
44Walter FordRHPPace HS (FL)
45Landon SimsRHPMississippi State
46Eric BrownSSCoastal Carolina
47Cayden Wallace3BArkansas
48Jud FabianOFFlorida
49Jonathan CannonRHPGeorgia
50Adam MazurRHPIowa
51Spencer Jones1BVanderbilt
52Cade Doughty2BLSU
53Max Wagner3BClemson
54Logan TannerCMississippi State
55Mikey RomeroSSOrange Lutheran HS (CA)
56Drew ThorpeRHPCal Poly
57Roman AnthonyOFStoneman Douglas HS (FL)
58Josh KasevichSSOregon
59Brady NealCIMG Academy (FL)
60Parker MessickLHPFlorida State
61Malcolm MooreCC.K. McClatchy HS (CA)
62Cole PhillipsRHPBoerne HS (TX)
63Sal Stewart3BWestminster Christian (FL)
64Jackson CoxRHPToutle Lake HS (WA)
65Hunter BarcoLHPFlorida
66Reggie CrawfordLHPUConn
67Owen MurphyRHPRiverside Brookfield HS (IL)
68Henry BolteOFPalo Alto HS (CA)
69Ryan CermakOFIllinois State
70Tristan SmithLHPBoiling Springs HS (SC)
71Nick Morabito2BGonzaga College HS (DC)
72Jacob MisiorowskiRHPCrowder JC
73Ivan Melendez1BTexas
74Brandon SproatRHPFlorida
75Bryce HubbartLHPFlorida State
76Jake BennettLHPOklahoma
77Jake MaddenRHPNorthwest Florida State JC
78Cutter CoffeyRHP/SSLiberty HS (CA)
79Jaden NootRHPSierra Canyon HS (CA)
80Gavin TurleyOFHamilton HS (AZ)
81Paxton KlingOFCentral Martinsburg HS (PA)
82Jordan TaylorOFSt. Johns Country Day HS (FL)
83Clark ElliottOFMichigan
84Trey DombroskiLHPMonmouth
85Cameron SmithSSPalm Beach Central (FL)
86Brycen MautzLHPSan Diego
87Tanner SchobelSSVirginia Tech
88Nate SavinoLHPVirginia
89Joe LampeOFArizona State
90Henry WilliamsRHPDuke
91Sam HornRHPCollins Hill HS (GA)
92Max MartinSSMoorestown HS (NJ)
93Tyler Locklear1BVCU
94Jalin FloresSSBrandeis HS (TX)
95Ben JoyceRHPTennessee
96Connor StaineRHPCentral Florida
97Karson MilbrandtRHPLiberty HS (MO)
98Chandler SimpsonSSGeorgia Tech
99Robert Moore2BArkansas
100Carson PalmquistLHPMiami
101Ryan CliffordOFPro5 Academy (NC)
102Xavier Isaac1BEast Forsyth HS (NC)
103Michael KennedyLHPTroy HS (NY)
104Caden DanaRHPDon Bosco Prep (NY)
105Jacob ZibinRHPTNXL Academy (CAN)
106Nazier MuleSS/RHPPassaic County Tech (NJ)
107Dominic KeeganCVanderbilt
108Trystan VrielingRHPGonzaga
109Chase ShoresRHPLee HS (TX)
110Silas ArdoinCTexas
111Chandler PollardSSWoodward Academy HS (GA)
112Nolan McLean3BOklahoma State
113Jacob WattersRHPWest Virginia
114Ike IrishCOrchard Lake St. Marys Prep (MI)
115Mason NevilleOFBasic HS (NV)
116Cade HunterCVirginia Tech
117Trey Lipscomb3BTennessee
118Gavin GuidrySSBarbe HS (LA)
119Andrew WaltersRHPMiami
120Luke Gold2BBoston College
121Colby ThomasOFMercer
122Jeric CurtisOFTomball Memorial (TX)
123Bradley LoftinLHPDeSoto Central (MS)
124Luis RamirezRHPLong Beach State
125Alex McFarlaneRHPMiami
126Noah DeanLHPOld Dominion
127Riley KellyRHPTustin HS (CA)
128Drake BaldwinCMissouri State
129Brooks BrannonCRandleman HS (NC)
130Jacob Reimer3BYucaipa HS (CA)
131Gabe RinconesOFFlorida Atlantic
132Adonys GuzmanCBrunswick HS (NY)
133Kassius ThomasRHPSierra Canyon HS (CA)
134Christopher Paciolla3BTemecula Valley HS (CA)
135Jordan SprinkleSSUC Santa Barbara
136Brandon BirdsellRHPTexas Tech
137Levi HuesmanLHPHanover HS (VA)
138Hayden DunhurstCOle Miss
139Jackson HumphriesLHPFuquay-Varina HS (NC)
140Max RajcicRHPUCLA
141Gavin KilenSSMilton HS (WI)
142Andrew TaylorRHPCentral Michigan
143Drew FaurotSSUniversity HS (FL)
144AJ IzziRHPOswego East (IL)
145Austin CharlesRHPStockdale HS (CA)
146Trey FaltineSSTexas
147Ryan RitterSSKentucky
148Eli JerzembeckRHPProvidence HS (NC)
149Pete HansenLHPTexas
150Tres GonzalezOFGeorgia Tech
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BuehrleMan

None of these guys impress me. The obvious first round pick for the Sox is Caleb Buehrle, a junior out of Milliken.

https://millikin.edu/news/millikins-caleb-buehrle-continues-family-tradition-pitching-dominance

dongutteridge

I’m calling the Sox take one of those 3 college lefties.