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MLB Draft grades 2022: Live results & analysis for every pick in Round 1 - XDpoker

MLB Draft grades 2022: Live results & analysis for every pick in Round 1

And with the next pick in the 2022 MLB Draft . . .

The latest edition of the draft is here. The next wave of baseball talent will be joining the professional ranks.

Each year, evaluating teams’ selections by teams can be a challenge for their fan bases. Unlike in the NFL and NBA, the players selected will not reach the majors for several years in most cases, and while some players might have been in the collegiate spotlight, others might be from high school or smaller college programs that haven’t attracted the same attention.

That’s why, during the 2022 MLB Draft, The Sporting News will be grading each pick in the first round to see how teams are doing.

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Follow below for complete results and grades for each selection.

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MLB draft grades 2022: Live picks, analysis for Round 1

1. Orioles — Jackson Holliday, SS, Stillwater High (Stillwater, Okla.)

There isn’t much Jackson Holliday can’t do on the baseball field. He has one of the best hit tools in the draft with has plus power and plus speed. On top of a well-rounded bat, Holliday is expected to stick at shortstop with a steady glove and strong arm at the position. High-school shortstops with five tools tend to go high in the draft, particularly if they have a well-developed hit tool, as Holliday does. The Orioles come away with a player that both has one of the highest floors and highest ceilings in the draft.

2. Diamondbacks — Druw Jones, OF, Wesleyan High (Norcross, Ga.)

Some expected Druw Jones to go first overall. Most prospect lists have him as the top pick in the class. While his hit tool isn’t as refined as Jackson Holliday, the rest of the package in center field is more explosive. He has plenty of raw power, and his speed is among the best in the high-school class. His defense is already nearly MLB-ready, and his tools often receive future Gold Glove grades. True five-tool talent for the Diamondbacks.

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3. Rangers — Kumar Rocker, RHP, No school

Already the surprise of the draft, Kumar Rocker is joining former Vanderbilt teammate Jack Leiter with the Rangers. After not signing with the Mets last year, Rocker waited until the 2022 MLB Draft to get selected again. The upside is there for Rocker, as he was considered a top-10 prospect a year ago, but there is more risk than several other players available on the board given the past injury concerns and occasional waning velocity. He has just 20 innings on the mound since he pitched at Vanderbilt, and while he looked electric, there’s a lot of uncertainty. If he can live up to his past hype, the Rangers will have a dynamic future one-two punch, and he’s already likely ready to pitch in a big-league bullpen.

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4. Pirates — Termarr Johnson, 2B, Mays High (Atlanta, Ga.)

The Pirates have long been linked with Termarr Johnson leading up to the draft, and sure enough, he’s selected by Pittsburgh. It is rare for high school players with his type of hit tool, with some scouts giving it the highest possible grade. Johnson undoubtedly has the highest ceiling in the high school class, and that still comes with raw power that could translate to games. A shortstop in high school, Johnson is likely to play second in the pros, but this is a stellar pick for the Pirates.

5. Nationals — Elijah Green, OF, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Washington is banking on the upside. Elijah Green has some of the best raw tools in the high school class, with plus power and plus speed, and the ability to patrol center field. The question is the hit tool, which is not up to the level of players like Holliday, Jones or Johnson. While there were more refined college bats on the board like Brooks Lee and Kevin Parada, the Nationals made the right move in picking for the upside. In an organization that could be headed for a lengthy rebuild, especially considering the Juan Soto news, it needs to go for the home run pick at No. 5.

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6. Marlins — Jacob Berry, 3B, LSU

The good: the bat. The bad: the glove. Starting with the good, the Marlins are taking a switch-hitter with a plus hit tool and some of the most power from the college ranks. He is likely to mash his way quickly through the minors. The problem is the defense. He might not have a defensive home at the next level, or would be at first base or right field. The National League has the DH now so he has that to fall back on, but his bat will have extra pressure to live up to the hype of a sixth overall pick.

7. Cubs — Cade Horton, RHP, Oklahoma

Cade Horton struggled mightily through the first half of the Oklahoma season, but picked it up late and was as dynamic an arm as anyone during the Sooners’ College World Series final run. His fastball reaches the upper-90s, and his slider is a filthy out-pitch. He also offers a solid curveball and a usable changeup. The pick by the Cubs is that what he did in the College World Series is the type of pitching prospect he’ll be long-term in the system. More risk than most college arms taken this early, but plenty of upside.

8. Twins — Brooks Lee, SS, Cal Poly

Brooks Lee was talked about as a contender to go first overall, or anywhere in the top five picks. Lee slid all the way down to No. 8, and the Twins reaped the benefit. The switch-hitting shortstop might have to shift to second or third base, but the bat is a carrying tool. He has perhaps the most refined bat in the college class with more extra-base hits than strikeouts in his last season at Cal Poly, and he could develop plus power. This is an early contender for steal of the draft.

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9. Royals — Gavin Cross, OF, Virginia Tech

This is about where many expected Gavin Cross would land, and indeed, Kansas City, here he comes. Cross has a well-rounded profile with above-average tools across the board, and a skillset that could allow him to move quickly through the minors. The Royals have a lot of their top prospects in the upper minors or already making an impact in the majors, and Cross shouldn’t take long to join them.

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