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Top 2022 College MLB Draft Prospects

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Baseball America’s draft rankings are compiled in consultation with MLB scouts. This list is an attempt to gauge the industry’s consensus on the draft-eligible four-year college talent for the 2022 draft class. 

With the 2021 summer showcase season now complete, we’re rolling out our updated rankings for the 2022 draft class.

Unlike a year ago, college players have been able to take part in a relatively normal summer schedule, with top prospects getting the chance to showcase their skill in the Cape Cod League and with Team USA after Covid prevented both from taking place in 2020.

The college bats look stronger at the top of the class this year than a year ago, with seven hitters ranked among the top 10 and notably more corner and power profiles than in the 2021 class. There’s no obvious No. 1 candidate in the class at this point, rather a collection of intriguing bats who all seem to be at the top of the group in some order.

That includes corner profiles with various defensive or power questions with players like Texas Tech infielder Jace Jung and Louisiana State infielders Jacob Berry and Cade Doughty in addition to up-the-middle profiles like Georgia Tech catcher Kevin Parada, Cal Poly shortstop Brooks Lee, Arizona catcher Daniel Susac and Arkansas second baseman Robert Moore.

Arkansas righthander Peyton Pallette is currently the top-ranked arm in the class, but he’s followed by a deep group of lefthanders that includes high-profile names like Florida’s Hunter Barco and Virginia’s Nate Savino, players who have or continue to deal with injuries like Vanderbilt’s Spencer Jones and Alabama’s Connor Prielipp and one of the top risers of the summer in Connecticut first baseman and lefthander Reggie Crawford.

This list does not include RHP Kumar Rocker, who did not sign with the Mets following the 2021 MLB Draft and has not formally announced his plans for the 2022 season. Rocker is again eligible for the 2022 draft and will appear in our combined list when it's released in January.

Brief reports and bio information are included with every player ranked below.

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    Jace Jung

    Texas Tech 2B/3B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.8

    Jung has spent most of his time at second and third in his first two seasons at Texas Tech, but his work with the bat is why he’s one of the top college prospects in the 2022 class. The younger brother of 2019 Rangers' first-rounder Josh Jung, Jace is a lefthanded hitter with power who is coming off a .337/.462/.697 season with 21 home runs and 10 doubles.
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    Kevin Parada

    Georgia Tech C
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 197 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.0

    Parada was one of the best pure hitters in the 2020 prep class and made it to campus at Georgia Tech despite being a top-50 ranked prospect. He shined offensively in his debut season for the Yellow Jackets, hitting .318/.379/.550 with nine home runs and 20 doubles. He performed well with Team USA this summer but will likely face questions about his defensive ability behind the plate—though there were reports that he showed improvement as a blocker and receiver.
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    Brooks Lee

    Cal Poly SS
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 205 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Giants '19 (35)
    Age At Draft: 21.4

    Lee was highly regarded as a standout pure hitter out of high school in the 2019 high school class and was able to showcase his offensive ability this spring after missing the 2020 season due to injury. The son of Cal Poly coach Larry Lee, Brooks hit .342/.384/.626 with 10 home runs and 27 doubles in his first full season. His performance this summer in the Cape (.405/.432/.667) and with Team USA (.306/.342/.444) should alleviate any concerns scouts might have about him performing in a smaller conference in the spring. He has limited range at shortstop, but is able to make the plays he gets to thanks to his arm and hands.
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    Daniel Susac

    Arizona C
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 205 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.2

    Susac is a draft-eligible sophomore who produced a freshman All-American campaign in 2021, hitting .335/.392/.591 with 12 home runs and 24 doubles. He was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year for that performance and has plus arm strength and plus raw power that give him impressive upside on both sides of the ball.
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    Peyton Pallette

    Arkansas RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.2

    Pallette made big strides from 2020 to the 2021 season and last spring posted a 4.02 ERA over 56 innings with 67 strikeouts and 20 walks. He sat with a fastball in the 93-95 mph range and ran the pitch up to 99 mph, pairing the heater with an upper-70s curveball that generated whiffs at a 44% rate, as well as a mid-to-upper-80s changeup.
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    Jacob Berry

    Louisiana State 3B/1B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 205 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.2

    Berry was a freshman All-American in 2021 after hitting .352/.439/.676 with 17 home runs and 19 doubles with Arizona. He’ll follow coach Jay Johnson to Louisiana State for his second season, where he’ll be draft-eligible as one of the more powerful bats in the 2022 class. Berry has defensive questions he’ll need to answer to improve his upside potential and profile, but after performing over the summer with Team USA (.387/.475/.871, four homers) scouts should have plenty of confidence in his bat.
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    Hunter Barco

    Florida LHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 205 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Mets '19 (24)
    Age At Draft: 21.6

    Barco was a highly-touted prepster who ranked No. 32 in the 2019 draft class, but made it to campus at Florida where he quickly stepped into a full-time starting role and posted a 3.52 ERA over 102.1 collegiate innings, with 120 strikeouts and 32 walks. Barco has a four-pitch mix headlined by a fastball that gets into the mid 90s and a low-80s slider that looks like a real swing-and-miss pitch. Barco also throws a curveball and changeup.
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    Robert Moore

    Arkansas 2B
    Notes:

    Ht: 5-9 | Wt: 170 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 20.3

    The son of Royals general manager Dayton Moore, Robert enrolled early at Arkansas and has been the team’s starting second baseman since he stepped on campus. After showing a solid bat in the shortened 2020 season, Moore continued to excel in 2021 and showed more power (16 home runs) than scouts expected out of his 5-foot-9, 170-pound frame. Moore is one of the top middle infielders in the country with impressive hands and defensive actions at second base, and also performed this summer with Team USA (.351/.415/.378).
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    Connor Prielipp

    Alabama LHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 205 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Red Sox '19 (37)
    Age At Draft: 21.5

    If Prielipp were healthy there’s a real chance he would have been the obvious No. 1 player in the 2022 class after dominating in the shortened 2020 season and opening up 2021 with similarly impressive stuff. In 28 career innings, Prielipp has posted a 0.96 ERA while striking out 47 batters and walking just seven, but after having Tommy John surgery last spring, his draft status is a bit more uncertain. When healthy, Prielipp showed a fastball that gets into the mid 90s and a dominant mid-80s slider that generated whiffs more than 50% of the time.
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    Cade Doughty

    Louisiana State 3B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 195 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Tigers '19 (39)
    Age At Draft: 21.3

    Doughty was a well-rounded, gamer type player coming out of high school and has been a solid performer in two seasons with Louisiana State, hitting .302/.368/.520 for his career with 13 home runs and 11 doubles last spring. He’s played mostly second and third base in the SEC, has more than enough arm strength for second and can capably handle either position.
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    Carter Young

    Vanderbilt SS
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 180 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.5

    Young was a performer with Team USA in high school, while handling both middle infield positions, but he struggled offensively during his spring season and made it to campus at Vanderbilt. At school, Young has shown significantly more power than scouts anticipated, with 16 home runs last spring and a .252/.341/.559 slash line. That power came with high strikeout rates (30.1%) but a slick-fielding, switch-hitting SEC shortstop is always a coveted profile.
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    Cayden Wallace

    Arkansas 3B/OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 20.9

    Wallace was an advanced bat with above-average power out of high school and has continued to show an impactful righthanded bat in college. Last spring with Arkansas he hit .279/.369/.500 with 14 home runs and 11 doubles and he has the arm strength to handle the hot corner and right field.
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    Reggie Crawford

    Connecticut LHP/1B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 235 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Royals '19 (37)
    Age At Draft: 21.6

    A two-way player with Connecticut, Crawford threw just 7.2 innings this spring while spending most of his time as a hitter and first baseman, where he posted a strong .295/.349/.543 line with 13 homers. Scouts this summer were infatuated with his upside on the bump, as he sat in the upper 90s and touched 99 mph with the Collegiate National Team, while showing a slider and curveball and throwing impressive strikes. His track record on the mound is small, but between his stuff, control and 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame there’s significant upside.
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    Gavin Cross

    Virginia Tech OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.4

    Cross had a tremendous 2021 season with Virginia Tech, hitting .345/.415/.621 with 11 home runs, 13 doubles and five triples. He followed that performance up by being the top hitter for Team USA, putting up a .455/.474/.879 line with four home runs over 11 games played. Cross seems like a definite corner outfield prospect who won’t add a ton of value with the glove, but he seems like one of the better college bats in the country.
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    Jud Fabian

    Florida OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 195 | B-T: R-L
    Commit/Drafted: Red Sox '21 (2)
    Age At Draft: 21.8

    Fabian ranked as the No. 27 overall prospect in the 2021 class as an eligible sophomore and was selected in the second round by the Red Sox. The two sides failed to come to terms, however, which means Fabian will head back to Florida and be draft-eligible once again in 2022—where he’ll still be age appropriate for the group. Fabian’s tools are impressive: he has real plus power and was the best defensive center fielder in last year’s draft class, but scouts have questioned the amount of swing and miss in his game. He bet on himself and will look to make more contact—and keep doing everything else he did in 2021—next spring for the Gators.
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    Spencer Jones

    Vanderbilt LHP/1B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-7 | Wt: 225 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Angels '19 (31)
    Age At Draft: 21.2

    Jones was one of the best two-way players in the 2019 prep class. He stood out for his impressive athleticism and barrel control as a hitter and his massive upside as a lefthander on the mound but an elbow injury has prevented him from pitching just yet in college. His status on the mound will factor heavily into his draft stock, as most scouts seemed to like Jones’ upside as a pitcher more than his everyday position player upside, though he did have a solid season last spring with Vanderbilt. Jones hit .274/.346/.421 while playing first base and the corner outfield spots and this summer was even better, posting a .312/.424/.481 line in 25 games with Brewster.
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    Nate Savino

    Virginia LHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 195 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 20.5

    Savino was viewed as a no-doubt first round talent coming out of high school, but enrolled early at Virginia, where he has posted a 3.72 ERA over 65.1 total innings, with 44 strikeouts and 21 walks. Savino hasn’t missed as many bats as scouts thought he would in the ACC and he also got hit around a bit in six innings with Team USA this summer. He throws a fastball in the upper 80s and lower 90s, a sweeping slider and a low-80s changeup.
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    Colby Halter

    Florida 2B/3B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 195 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 20.9

    Halter has never stood out for his tools but always seemed to perform as a high school player—where he ranked as the No. 106 player in the 2020 class—and that remained the case after his first season with Florida this spring. While playing second and third, Halter posted a .302/.379/.453 line with an all-fields approach.
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    Landon Sims

    Mississippi State RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.5

    Sims was a hard-throwing righthander out of high school who ran the pitch up to 97 mph before he set foot on campus at Mississippi State. He was a wipeout reliever for the Bulldogs this spring, posting a 1.44 ERA over 56.1 innings and striking out 100 batters to just 15 walks. He used an overpowering fastball/slider combination and was regularly in the upper 90s with his fastball and mid 80s with his slider. He generated whiffs with both pitches at a near 40% rate. If he moves into a starting role next spring and performs he could improve his stock significantly.
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    Logan Tanner

    Mississippi State C
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 220 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.7

    Tanner was a solid two-way prospect out of high school who touched 95 mph on the mound but stood out the most for his polished defensive skills behind the plate. After two years handling a pitching staff in college, evaluators think Tanner is one of the better receivers in the class who brings a plus throwing arm to the table and threw out 35% of basestealers last spring. Tanner has real power in the tank and hit 15 home runs this spring, but it seems like a power-over-hit bat at the moment and he’s a career .284/.383/.512 hitter over 81 games.
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    Victor Mederos

    Oklahoma State RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1

    Mederos was one of the top-ranked high school arms in the 2020 draft class and is a draft-eligible sophomore who spent a year at Miami before transferring to Oklahoma State. He pitched to a 5.11 ERA over 44 innings with the Hurricanes last spring and this summer in the Cape posted a 4.64 ERA over 21.1 innings with 19 strikeouts and 12 walks. He’s touched 99 mph with his fastball and flashes three impressive secondaries but needs to improve his control.
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    Chase DeLauter

    James Madison OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 235 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 20.8

    DeLauter had a breakout Cape performance after James Madison played an abbreviated spring season, and solidly put himself on the prospect map if his .385/.488/.657 slash line with James Madison prior to the summer hadn’t already done it. With Orleans, DeLauter hit .298/.397/.589 with nine home runs and impressive plate discipline—21 walks to 18 strikeouts. DeLauter has played all over the outfield including center, but with a 6-foot-4, 235-pound frame is probably a better fit for a corner outfield spot. He’s pitched at James Madison as well, but his future is solidly with the bat.
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    Blade Tidwell

    Tennessee RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1

    A 6-foot-4, 200-pound righthander, Tidwell has shown electric stuff on the mound for Tennessee and with Team USA this summer. His fastball gets into the upper 90s and he generated plenty of whiffs with a slider and changeup in the low 80s this spring. He’s also thrown a slower curveball. Tidwell posted a 3.74 ERA over 18 starts and 98.2 innings with Tennessee last spring, striking out 90 and walking 34.
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    Chris Newell

    Virginia OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Cardinals '19 (37)
    Age At Draft: 21.2

    Newell was a top 100 prospect out of high school thanks to an impressive tool set that featured power, arm strength and speed. Scouts had high expectations for him because of that toolset and his .407/.545/.729 slash line in the shortened 2020 season. He’s not come close to those offensive numbers since and hit .258/.336/.397 with five home runs and a 33% strikeout rate last spring. He spent 19 games with Harwich on the Cape and did hit five home runs but continued to struggle with strikeouts (28.8%). If he can find a way to cut that down next spring and make more contact, he has some real upside and solid tools across the board.
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    Ethan Long

    Arizona State 1B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.2

    Long was a first-team freshman All-American after hitting .340/.417/.704 with 16 home runs and 11 doubles in 51 games. He spent time at first base, left and right field but was mostly the team’s designated hitter so figuring out his best potential defensive home next spring will be a priority for scouts. Long also pitched 6.2 innings in relief for Arizona State, but his pro future is solidly reliant on his powerful righthanded bat.
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