Last week’s MLB Draft was an opportunity for all 30 teams to improve their minor league systems. Here is a look at some of the teams that had the most success during the draft.
A Look at Some of the Teams Who Had the Best Selections in the 2022 MLB Draft
The MLB Draft began last Sunday and finished on Tuesday. After the 20 rounds of the draft, several teams made important additions to their minor league systems. The draft can work out very differently for each team due to the way each team allocates its bonus pool, which can have a huge effect on how teams prioritize selections.
As players begin to sign ahead of the August 1 signing deadline, here is a look at a few of the teams that had the most success at last week’s 2022 MLB draft.
New York Mets
Heading into the draft, the New York Mets had a unique opportunity. The team had both the 11th and 14th picks after Kumar Rocker elected not to sign with the Mets last year. As a result, the franchise had one of the largest bonus pools to sign players, and had two first-round picks.
After the Rangers unexpectedly selected Rocker third overall, and the Cubs selected Cade Horton with the seventh overall pick, the Mets had an opportunity to select one of the best hitters in the draft, Kevin Parada, with the 11th overall pick. Parada was one of the best players in the ACC last season and had 26 home runs in 2022.
The Mets selected high school shortstop Jett Williams with the 14th overall pick. Williams was the No.1 player in the state of Texas in this year’s recruiting cycle, and the No.20 player overall. As a result, the Mets may have added two future Top 100 prospects to their minor league system with the 11th and 14th picks.
Elsewhere, the Mets selected talented college pitchers Blade Tidwell and Brandon Sproat, who both have the potential to be MLB starting pitchers, and also selected high school outfielder Nick Morabito with the 75th overall selection. Overall, the Mets selected seven of MLB Pipeline’s Top 250 draft prospects and balanced their selections well between pitchers and hitters, and high school and college players.
The Rangers surprised everyone when they selected Kumar Rocker with the third overall pick in the first round. Rocker was one of the best pitchers in the SEC during his time at Vanderbilt, but after he and the Mets couldn’t agree to a contract last year there were concerns about his health. As a result, the Rangers will have the opportunity to pair Rocker and 2021 draft selection Al Leiter together at the MLB level after they both were members of Vanderbilt’s starting rotation in college.
Rocker agreed to a $5.2 million signing bonus, more than $2 million less than the slot value of the third overall pick, which is $7.59 million. As a result, the Rangers were able to select Brock Porter, one of the best high school pitchers in the draft, with their second pick in the fourth round.
The team’s ability to add both Rocker and Porter, two of the best pitching prospects in the draft, was impressive. It is even more impressive considering the Rangers did not have a second or third-round selection due to signing Corey Seager and Marcus Semien in the offseason.
Toronto Blue Jays
One of the main reasons the Toronto Blue Jays had a successful 2022 MLB draft was because of the two high school players they selected with two of their first three picks. The Blue Jays’ first-round pick was Brandon Barriera, who they selected 23rd overall.
Barriera could have been the first pitcher selected in the entire draft heading into last Sunday, and the Blue Jays took advantage of a great opportunity to select him with their first pick in the draft. Barriera was the No.10 player nationally in this year’s recruiting class according to Perfect Game.
After selecting Barriera, the Blue Jays also selected Tucker Toman with the 77th overall pick. Toman is a high school shortstop, who could have been a first-round selection. He is one of the best high school infielders in this year’s MLB Draft.
The Blue Jays also added extremely good college players Josh Kasevich who is one of the best high school infielders among this year’s MLB Draft prospects.
In addition, the Blue Jays selected a couple of very good college players. The team’s second-round selection was Josh Kasevich, who batted .310 at Oregon last season. Toronto also selected Cade Doughty, who was one of LSU’s best players last year and batted .298 with 15 home runs in 2022.
Chicago White Sox
Four of the White Sox’s first five picks in this year’s draft were pitchers. Their first-round 2022 MLB draft selection was Noah Schultz, one of the best high school pitchers in this year’s draft, who they selected 26th overall.
The team also selected Arkansas pitcher Peyton Pallette. Pallette was possibly going to be a Top 10 pick in this year’s draft before he was injured and required Tommy John surgery. As a result, the White Sox were able to select him in the second round, which could turn out to be one of the best picks of the draft in the future.
Third-round pick Jonathan Cannon had a 2.38 ERA in May for Georgia before 18 earned runs across his last three starts raised his season ERA to 4.05. Despite that, he was a Top 100 draft prospect according to MLB Pipeline and could be an MLB starting pitcher in the future. Overall, the White Sox were able to add several pitchers who could be members of their starting rotation and pitching staff in the future in this year’s 2022 MLB Draft.
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