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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 front office executives, major league scouts, college coaches and other prep talent evaluators. The list is an attempt to gauge the industry’s consensus on the talent of the top rising high school sophomores in the country, though much is sure to change between now and the 2022 draft.

We're continuing to roll out underclass draft rankings, after releasing the Top 100 draft prospects in the 2021 class for high school and college last week. Today, we unveil the top 50 high school prospects in the 2022 class, which is more the focus of college coaches and recruiters than major league scouting departments at the moment.

The class is led by Georgia righthander Dylan Lesko at the top, followed by North Carolina outfielder Ryan Clifford and Georgia shortstop and outfielder Termarr Johnson rounding out the top three. Johnson was recently a catalyst at the top of the lineup for USA Baseball's 15U National Team, which won gold in the World Baseball Softball Confederation Americas Qualifier in Mexico.

At the moment, it looks like it's going to be another strong year for the state of Georgia in the 2022 prep class, as six players from the state are included among the top 50 including three players among the top five and five players among the top 10. Following the top three prospects are athletic outfielders Elijah Green (Florida) at No. 4 and Druw Jones (Georgia) at No. 5. Jones—whose full name is Andruw—is the son of the former Braves All-Star Andruw Jones.

At the moment, Vanderbilt leads all colleges with four commits among the top 50, including three players ranked among the top 15 in the class. After that, Louisiana State, Louisville and Virginia are all tied for second with three commits. However 18 players are still uncommitted, which makes sense when we're talking about a list of the top sophomores in the country, and each of the top three prospects in the class have yet to commit to a college program.

You can see the entire top 50 below, with brief reports on the top 10 prospects.

Updated on: 10/1/2019 See Full List Expand Collapse All
  1. 1

    Dylan Lesko

    Buford (Ga.) HS RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 170 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Uncommitted
    Scouting Report: Lesko completed an impressive freshman campaign this spring when he posted a 3-1 record with a 2.07 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 37.1 innings for Buford. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound right-hander already features a four-pitch repertoire with a fastball in the low-90s as well as a curveball, slider and changeup. With those tools and his improved command, Lesko cut his walk totals in half this past summer playing for the East Cobb Astros (from 26 in 2018 to 13 in 2019 in 48 and 35.2 innings, respectively) while striking out more than 12 batters per nine innings and yielding less than a run per game.

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    Ryan Clifford

    Leesville Road HS, Raleigh, N.C. OF
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    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 205 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Uncommitted
    Scouting Report: The lefthanded Clifford has demonstrated an impressive combination of bat speed and power. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder put his talent on display this summer as a member of the USA Baseball's 17U National Team Development Program (despite having just turned 16 in July) and represented the only member of the Class of 2022 on the roster. Playing for Canes Central 17U at the WWBA 2020 Grads and 17U National Championship this summer, Clifford showed keen strike zone discipline with eight walks in 29 plate appearances, posting a .996 OPS with a home run, two RBIs, two stolen bases and six runs scored.

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    Termarr Johnson

    Mays HS, Atlanta SS/OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 5-9 | Wt: 145 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Uncommitted
    Scouting Report: Johnson isn't overwhelming physically, but has a well-rounded game, making him one of the standouts in the Class of 2022. Johnson led USA Baseball's 15U National team in hitting this fall while leading off and playing center field. His combination of speed and pure athleticism as a middle infielder was on full display this summer with the Team Elite 15U Scout team: He batted .402 with 31 RBI, 41 runs and 22 stolen bases in 37 games.

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    Elijah Green

    TNXL Academy, Kissimmee, Fla. OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Miami
    Scouting Report: The best player in the Class of 2022 from the talent-rich state of Florida, Green is physically advanced for his age and has high-end athleticism. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Green shows impressive bat speed as well as power to all fields while also clocking a 6.65-second 60-yard dash. Already a Miami commit, Green was named to the WWBA National Championship All-Tournament team in July after hitting .345 (10-for-29) with a 1.093 OPS, a home run, seven RBIs and four stolen bases while scoring 13 runs.

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    Druw Jones

    Wesleyan HS, Norcross, Ga. OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Scouting Report: Jones’ stellar production as a high school freshman (.463, 6 HR, 41 RBIs) tells you everything you need to know about why Vanderbilt committed to this young standout at such an early age. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound five-tool talent has deep baseball bloodlines as the son of former Braves outfielder Andruw Jones and plenty of upside in his own right. In three seasons of summer baseball, Jones has produced some arresting numbers, including a combined .483 average, 51 extra-base-hits (including 21 triples), 113 RBI, 120 runs and 61 stolen bases in just 377 plate appearances.

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    Brandon Barriera

    American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla. LHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 155 | B-T: L-L
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
    Scouting Report: The most highly-regarded lefthanded pitcher in the class, Barriera is a 6-foot, 155-pounder with a fluid motion that generates a fastball which already touches 93 mph. Pitching for Cannons Baseball Academy 2021 at the WWBA National Championship this summer, Barriera was named to the All-Tournament Team after striking out 11 and allowing just two hits and one earned run in five innings. This Vanderbilt verbal commit was also named to the All-Tournament Team at the 15U BCS National Championship after going 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA, 17 strikeouts and three walks in 7.2 innings of work over three appearances.

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    Luke Davis

    Cypress (Calif.) HS C
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 180 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Southern California
    Scouting Report: Davis made a big impact in his first varsity season in 2019. The starting catcher on a nationally ranked Cypress team that captured the CIF Southern Section Division I title, he produced a .292 average and a .908 OPS shortly after turning 16. Having already committed to Southern California, he possess a smooth swing from both sides of the plate with developing power. Davis's strong throwing arm has not only made him one of the top catching prospects in the state, but he is also expected to be Cypress's No. 1 starter on the mound in 2020.

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    Riley Stanford

    Buford (Ga.) HS RHP/OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 182 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Uncommitted
    Scouting Report: The 6-foot-4, 180-pound righthander already features a fastball that gets up to 95 mph and projects well as a two-way standout at this point in his prep career. He posted a 1.80 ERA and fanned 26 batters in 24 innings this past summer—hitting .345, swiping 22 bases and compiling a 1.019 OPS—while playing for the Georgia Bombers 16U squad.

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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
    Scouting Report: At. 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Jones is already a strong presence at the plate. He cranked eight home runs, reached base better than 50 perfect of the time and produced a 1.268 OPS this summer while playing for the East Coast Astros 16U team. His raw power also flashed in the form of 13 homers and 42 RBI during his freshman season last spring, helping Walton reach the Georgia 7A state quarterfinals in 2019.

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    Matthew Porchas

    Santa Margarita HS, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 205 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Texas
    Scouting Report: Boasting a fastball that gets into the mid-90s, Porchas possesses tremendous upside and has already committed to Texas. He was invited to USA Baseball’s 15U National Team Trials in 2018 and showed flashes of dominance in limited action as a freshman for a loaded Santa Margarita team (the 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 2 champions), striking out 10 batters in nine innings and holding opposing hitters to a .172 average.

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    Karson Bowen

    Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS C
    Notes:

    Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 195 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Uncommitted
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    Sal Stewart

    Westminster Christian HS, Miami 3B
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 200 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
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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: Uncommitted
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    Ian Ritchie Jr.

    Bainbridge HS, Bainbridge Island, Wash. RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 170 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Oregon State
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    Tyler Gough

    Heritage HS, Romoland, Calif. RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 180 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Oregon State
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    Hayden Murphy

    Tiftarea Academy, Chula, Ga. SS
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Auburn
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    Calvert Clark

    Charlotte (N.C.) Christian HS OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Uncommitted
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    Cole Young

    North Allegheny HS, Wexford, Pa. SS
    Notes:

    Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 169 | B-T: L-R
    Commit/Drafted: Duke
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    Ty Federici

    Lake-Lehman HS, Lehman, Pa. LHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 215 | B-T: R-L
    Commit/Drafted: Louisiana State
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    Ethan Anderson

    Cox HS, Virginia Beach, Va. C
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 210 | B-T: B-R
    Commit/Drafted: Virginia
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    Andrew Dutkanych IV

    Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, Indianapolis RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Vanderbilt
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    Jacob Miller

    Liberty Union HS, Baltimore, Ohio RHP
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 160 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisville
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    Nathan Fink

    Western Albemarle HS, Crozet, Va. OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 175 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Virginia
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    Nazier Mule

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

    Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 189 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Uncommitted
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    Michael Lippe

    Whitefish Bay (Wis.) HS OF
    Notes:

    Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 190 | B-T: R-R
    Commit/Drafted: Louisville
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