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Top 2022 High School MLB Draft Prospects

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Baseball America’s 2022 high school rankings are compiled in consultation with major league scouts. The list is an attempt to gauge the industry’s consensus on the talent of the draft-eligible high school players in the country, though plenty will change between now and the 2022 draft.

After updating our rankings for the 2021 class several weeks ago, we’re updating and expanding our rankings for the 2022 class. 

There’s a lot more uncertainty in the underclass rankings than our current year lists, but there have been some notable movers after the summer showcase season. Most notably, Florida outfielder Elijah Green moves into the top spot after showing terrific in-game hitting ability and impressive physicality and raw tools this summer.

Green has professional bloodlines as his father, Eric, was a tight end in the NFL for 10 seasons. Green has the build, strength and athleticism you would expect from the son of an NFL player and doesn’t look at all out of place with the top 2021 high school players in the country, recently playing in Baseball Factory’s All-Star Classic as one of two underclassmen.

The previous top player in the class, Georgia righthander Dylan Lesko, falls into the No. 2 spot. Lesko has a polished game with a loud three-pitch mix that includes a fastball that has already been into the mid-90s and two advanced secondary offerings.

A hotbed in most years, Georgia seems like a particularly strong area for the 2022 prep class and is home to five of the top 10 players in the high school class at the moment. Lesko leads the group, which includes SS Termarr Johnson (who also played in the Baseball Factory All-Star Classic), OF Druw Jones, C Jared Jones and RHP/OF Riley Stanford.

Eleven of the top 100 players in the 2022 class have still not committed to college programs, but Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana State and Vanderbilt each have six players committed—tied for the most of all schools.

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  1. 1

    Elijah Green

    IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla. OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Miami
    Age At Draft: 18.6

    Immensely physical with power, speed and big-time arm strength, Green has massive upside thanks to his raw tools and showed advanced hitting ability this summer. He also comes with pro bloodlines, as his father Eric played in the NFL for ten years.

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    Dylan Lesko

    Buford (Ga.) HS RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: -
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    A refined righthander with an easy operation and strikes that scream starter at the next level, Lesko has performed for a long time as an underclassman and shown a solid pitch-mix with three offerings that could become 60-grade pitches in the future.

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    Termarr Johnson

    Mays HS, Atlanta SS
    Notes:

    Ht: 5-10 | Wt: 175 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: -
    Age At Draft: 18.1

    Johnson is an undersized middle-infielder, but there might not be another player in the 2022 class who has performed as consistently as him. He’s been a top-of-the-order catalyst for Team USA and has shown defensive ability at shortstop, second and in center field.

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    Tristan Smith

    Boiling Springs HS, Spartanburg, S.C. LHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 180 | B-T: R-L
    Commit/Drafted: -
    Age At Draft: 19.1

    Smith has shown a big-time fastball with multiple breaking balls to go with it. The 6-foot-1, athletic lefthander has been up to 95 mph with his fastball and spins two different breaking balls that have above-average potential as well.

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    Brandon Barriera

    American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. LHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 165 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.4

    A skinny southpaw out of powerhouse American Heritage, Barriera has a loose and fluid operation that should allow him to be a strong strike thrower, with a fastball that gets into the low-90s.

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    Nolan Schubart

    St. Mary Prep, Orchard Lake, Mich. INF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Michigan
    Age At Draft: 18.2

    Schubart has a big, 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame with strength now and plenty of physical projection remaining for more in the future. A corner profile who will need to do plenty of damage with the bat, Schubart has shown plenty of impact potential with a leveraged, flyball oriented swing.

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    Jayson Jones

    Braswell HS, Little Elm, Texas 3B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Arkansas
    Age At Draft: 18.9

    The top Texan in the 2022 prep class, Jones has athleticism and physicality with a strong, 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame and power potential that could allow him to mash in the middle of a lineup while playing on the left side of the infield.

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    Druw Jones

    Wesleyan HS, Norcross, Ga. OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.6

    The son of former major leaguer Andruw Jones, Druw has yet to fill out a lean, 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame and should hit for average and power as he develops thanks to impressive bat speed. He has the speed and athleticism to be a game-changing defender in the outfield as well.

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    Jared Jones

    Walton HS, Marietta, Ga. C
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 230 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisiana State
    Age At Draft: 19.0

    One of the most physically imposing players in the 2022 class, Jones is a massive, 6-foot-4, 230-pound backstop whose game revolves around power. He should develop all-fields juice and he has a strong throwing arm, though there are very few major league backstops to point to at his size.

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    Riley Stanford

    Cypress (Calif.) HS RHP/OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 210 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Georgia Tech
    Age At Draft: 19.5

    A two-way player with big-time arm strength, Stanford’s stuff was right in line with the top 2021 players at East Coast Pro this year. He ran his fastball up to 96 mph and has shown flashes of a curveball and changeup. He also has power potential with the bat and could profile in right field given his throwing ability.

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    Ian Ritchie Jr.

    Bainbridge HS, Bainbridge Island, Wash. RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 185 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: UCLA
    Age At Draft: 19.1

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    Nazier Mule

    Passaic County Tech HS, Wayne, N.J. RHP/SS
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    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: -
    Age At Draft: 17.7

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    Sal Stewart

    Westminster Christian HS, Miami 3B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.6

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    Ryan Clifford

    Leesville Road HS, Raleigh, N.C. OF
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    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 215 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: -
    Age At Draft: 19.0

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    Cole Young

    North Allegheny HS, Wexford, Pa. SS
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 170 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Duke
    Age At Draft: 19.0

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    Tucker Toman

    Hammond HS, Columbia, S.C. 3B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 185 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisiana State
    Age At Draft: 18.7

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    Noah Schultz

    Oswego (Ill.) East HS LHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-8 | Wt: 205 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 18.9

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    Jacob Miller

    Liberty Union HS, Baltimore, Ohio RHP
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    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 160 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisville
    Age At Draft: 18.9

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    Andrew Dutkanych

    Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, Indianapolis RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Age At Draft: 19.0

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    Paxton Kling

    Central HS, Martinsburg, Pa. OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 180 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisiana State
    Age At Draft: 19.1

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    Hayden Murphy

    Tiftarea Academy, Chula, Ga. SS
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Auburn
    Age At Draft: 18.9

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    Jackson Holliday

    Stillwater (Okla.) HS SS
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 170 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Oklahoma State
    Age At Draft: 18.6

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    Malcolm Moore

    McClatchy HS, Sacramento C
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 200 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Stanford
    Age At Draft: 19.0

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    Kaden Martin

    Knoxville Catholic HS OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 210 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: -
    Age At Draft: 18.3

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    Julius Sanchez

    La Salle-Peru HS, LaSalle, Ill. RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Illinois
    Age At Draft: 18.7

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