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2022 Preseason High School All-American Teams



Baseball America presents its 2022 Preseason All-American high school teams, as voted on by scouting departments of major league organizations.

Shortstop Termarr Johnson and outfielder Druw Jones were the only two unanimous first-team members, while IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) placed two players on the first team—outfielder Elijah Green and lefthander Jackson Ferris. Green was also named to the third team a year ago as an underclassmen.

IMG Academy leads all high school teams with three total players on the preseason All-American teams, with catcher Brady Neal also being named to the third team.

Baseball America annually polls major league teams to vote for its Preseason All-America team, asking that they make their selections based on performance, talent and professional potential. In the past, the Baseball America Preseason All-America team has been a predictor of the first round.

Ten of the 16 high school players selected in the first round in 2021 were voted as Preseason All-Americans. Twenty-five of the 39 total Preseason All-Americans were drafted, with the group signing for more than $76 million in total bonuses.

Two underclassmen join the field this year, with Indiana outfielder Max Clark being voted to the second team and North Carolina outfielder Walker Jenkins being voted to the third team. Clark and Jenkins are currently ranked as the No. 1 and No. 2 prospects in the 2023 high school class.

Florida righthander and infielder Walter Ford was voted to the second team as a pitcher and the third team as a corner infielder, while Texas shortstop and outfielder Jett Williams made the third team at both positions.

Baseball America received votes from 14 major league organizations.

Bold signifies unanimous selection
* signifies player is Class of 2023
# signifies player made teams at different positions

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First Team

Pos

Name

School

C

Malcolm Moore

McClatchy HS, Sacramento

MIF

Termarr Johnson

Mays HS, Atlanta

MIF

Cole Young

North Allegheny HS, Wexford, Pa.

CIF

Jayson Jones

Braswell HS, Little Elm, Texas

CIF

Tucker Toman

Hammond HS, Columbia, S.C.

OF

Henry Bolte

Palo Alto (Calif.) HS

OF

Elijah Green

IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.

OF

Druw Jones

Wesleyan HS, Norcross, Ga.

SP

Brandon Barriera

American Heritage HS, Plantation, Fla.

SP

Jackson Ferris

IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.

SP

Dylan Lesko

Buford (Ga.) HS

SP

Brock Porter

St. Mary Prep, Orchard Lake, Mich.

SP

JR Ritchie

Bainbridge HS, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Malcolm Moore, C — McClatchy High, Sacramento

Moore is a bat-first catcher who stood out with an impressive Area Code Games performance last summer and has an exciting blend of contact ability and impact from the left side of the plate. Moore has a strong, 6-foot-2, 219-pound frame with present strength now and a chance to get to above-average power in the future with arm strength and enough defensive ability to stick at the position with more refinement.

Termarr Johnson, MIF — Mays High, Atlanta

Johnson is one of the best pure hitting prospects the industry has seen in years. He’s got uncanny ability to put the barrel on the ball, but he also pairs that skill with a tremendous approach, excellent pitch recognition, eye-popping bat speed and plus raw power now. The confidence scouts have in Johnson being a productive hitter is unmatched by any player in the 2022 class and he has solid hands and actions defensively.

Cole Young, MIF — North Allegheny High, Wexford, Pa.

Young separated himself as the best shortstop in the high school class last summer thanks to an excellent all-around game defined by impressive pure hitting ability and a sure-handed defensive game. He’s not overly physical or tooled out, but he checks every box, has good instincts on both sides of the ball and pairs on-base ability with an all-fields approach from the left side with above-average speed.

Jayson Jones, CIF — Braswell High, Little Elm, Texas

Jones is a prototypical corner infielder with an impressively physical and strong 6-foot-2, 224-pound frame with the power and arm strength scouts like to see at the hot corner. He showed a bit of swing and miss last summer, but he has a good understanding of the strike zone despite that and is willing to take a walk and spit on pitches just off the zone, with a lengthy underclass track record of hitting.

Tucker Toman, CIF — Hammond High, Columbia, S.C.

Toman is a switch-hitting infielder who has played second, third and shortstop but likely fits best on a corner where he should have the power potential to profile nicely. Toman’s approach was erratic at times over the showcase circuit but when he was locked in at the Area Code Games he looked like one of the best hitters on the field, with an ability to drive hard line drives and deep fly balls to all fields.

Henry Bolte, OF — Palo Alto (Calif.) High

Bolte is a tool shed listed at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds with plenty of plusses on the scouting report including speed, raw power and arm strength. That gives him plenty of upside and allows him to stack up near the top of the class, but he was also seen fewer than other prominent 2022 prospects over the showcase circuit and will need to answer some swing-and-miss questions.

Elijah Green, OF — IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.

Green is one of the most physically impressive athletes the industry has seen in quite a while. The son of former NFL tight end Eric Green, Elijah is a muscular 6-foot-3, 214-pound outfielder with 70-grade speed and 70-grade raw power. His upside is tremendous given that tool set and he also performed almost everywhere as an underclassman on the showcase circuit and hit four home runs with USA Baseball’s 18U National Team last fall in just seven games.

Druw Jones, OF — Wesleyan High, Norcross, Ga.

The son of former Gold Glove center fielder Andruw Jones, Druw combines extreme physical projection (6-foot-4, 180 pounds), present bat-to-ball skills and defensive ability reminiscent of his father and raw tools that pop across the board. He’s a double-plus runner with perhaps the best outfield arm in the class and should grow into above-average power as he fills out and matures physically.

Brandon Barriera, SP — American Heritage High, Plantation, Fla.

Barriera is a small and compact lefthander listed at just 5-foot-11, 171 pounds, but he has electric arm speed from the left side and has shown a loud three-pitch mix headlined by a 92-93 mph fastball and two-plane biting slider in the mid 80s that gets plus grades. His arm speed also works nicely with a changeup that could give him a third above-average offering. Scouts rave about his fiery and competitive demeanor on the mound.

Jackson Ferris, SP — IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.

Originally a product of Mount Airy High in North Carolina, Ferris transferred to IMG Academy and opened plenty of eyes as a junior after posting a 0.55 ERA over 50.2 innings last spring. There’s funk in Ferris’ delivery with tilt in his leg lift and a cross-firing finish that adds deception, and Ferris has also shown impressive feel for a fastball that’s touched 97 at peak, a high-spin mid-70s curveball and a mid-80s changeup.

Dylan Lesko, SP — Buford (Ga.) High

The top pitcher in the class, Lesko pairs plus stuff across the board with refined command, an easy delivery and exceptional track record of performance. Lesko posted a 1.10 ERA over 207.2 innings in Perfect Game events over four years, with 333 strikeouts and just 80 walks. He was named the national Gatorade Player of the Year as an underclassman after posting a 0.35 ERA over 60 innings with 112 strikeouts last spring with Buford.

Brock Porter, SP — St. Mary Prep, Orchard Lake, Mich.

Porter is a large and still projectable 6-foot-3, 188-pound righthander who has been up to 97 mph with multiple breaking balls and one of the best changeups in the class. The change features tremendous velocity separation and sits in the upper 70s, with terrific arm-side fading action that’s a weapon against righties and lefties alike. He looks like the sort of pitcher who will throw 100 mph in the future and perhaps even this spring.

JR Ritchie, SP — Bainbridge High, Bainbridge Island, Wash.

Ritchie is a smaller righthander listed at 6-foot-1, 183 pounds who has a solid three-pitch mix and the command to profile nicely as a starter. His fastball has been up into the mid 90s and he’s also shown both a slider and changeup that have above-average potential in the low 80s. Ritchie has worked with the same pitching coach that fellow Northwest prep arm and 2020 first-rounder Mick Abel worked with.

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Second Team

Pos

Name

School

C

Adonys Guzman

Brunswick HS, Greenwich, Conn.

MIF

Jackson Holliday

Stillwater (Okla.) HS

MIF

Mikey Romero

Orange (Calif.) Lutheran HS

CIF

Sal Stewart

Westminster Christian HS, Miami

CIF

Yoel Tejeda

North Broward Prep, Coconut Creek, Fla.

OF

Max Clark*

Franklin (Ind.) Community HS

OF

Ryan Clifford

Pro5 Baseball Academy, Apex, N.C.

OF

Justin Crawford

Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas

SP

Andrew Dutkanych

Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, Indianapolis

SP

Walter Ford#

Pace (Fla.) HS

SP

Noah Schultz

Oswego (Ill.) East HS

SP

Chase Shores

Midland (Texas) Lee HS

SP

Tristan Smith

Boiling Springs HS, Spartanburg, S.C.

Third Team

Pos

Name

School

C

Brady Neal

IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.

MIF

Gavin Kilen

Milton (Wisc.) HS

MIF

Jett Williams#

Rockwall-Heath HS, Rockwall, Texas

CIF

Walter Ford#

Pace (Fla.) HS

CIF

Eli Serrano

Pro5 Baseball Academy, Apex, N.C.

OF

Walker Jenkins*

South Brunswick HS, Southport, N.C.

OF

Tommy Specht

Wahlert HS, Dubuque, Iowa

OF

Jett Williams#

Rockwall-Heath HS, Rockwall, Texas

SP

Levi Huesman

Hanover (Va.) HS

SP

Michael Kennedy

Troy (N.Y.) HS

SP

Nazier Mule

Passaic County Tech HS, Wayne, N.J.

SP

Jaden Noot

Sierra Canyon HS, Chatsworth, Calif.

SP

Cole Phillips

Boerne (Texas) HS

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